Mix Glittering Pop and Old School Punk Rock And You Get: Mereki
It wasn’t all that long ago when you’d find yourself in the basement of a dingy bar in the Lower East Side fighting your way through bony elbows, grunts, mass amounts of leather and whatever grimy wetness covered the floors to see anything reminiscent of that oh-so-perfect late 1970s punk rock. On Tuesday night, Mereki played her first solo show at the Sayers Club in the center of Hollywood, surrounded by lush brown leather couches, bottle service and hipsters galore and that too-hard-to-find Debbie Harry punk rock moment was, ironically, alive and well.
You might be more familiar with Mereki from her collaboration with Goldroom, the band that has symbolized glittery summer ballads in 2014, but in her solo work, this girl is nothing short of a diamond in the rough. Though you’d never guess it from her petite blonde stature and her penchant for modeling (she’s worked with some big names including Tiger Tiger), her energetic presence oozes badass and her voice seems to effortlessly fit with shimmering summer pop as much as it does with new wave and punk rock, surely the sign of one of a truly great singer. Her upcoming EP will delve into both sides of that voice and she’ll be backed by a band whose sound is just as big as her riot girl personality.
The first single off that EP, “Blue Lake”, channels quite a bit of the Australian-born singer/songwriter’s days with Goldroom with some heavy pop influences and a deeper, soulful sound but with a hint of rock still thrown in. It’ll pair nicely with those ethereal end-of-summer anthems that are filling the air lately.
However, look for a wide range of sounds from this girl, whether it’s the saxophone-filled smooth tones of her most recent collaboration with Walter Sobcek, or her solo EP which will feature a more prominent turn towards some fantastic punk rock a la Siouxsie and the Banshees and Blondie.
Keep an eye out for Mereki and connect with her before you’re seeing her signature Timberland boots and letterman jacket everywhere: