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Garden Of The Year - VC Pines
VC Pines
"Garden Of The Year"

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VC Pines is Jack Mercer
the former frontman of The Carnabys
who has moved away from the realm of indie-rock and has immersed himself in a well of alternative soul
poetry and punk performance. ‘Garden Of The Year’ is his debut track on fierce panda and ties in with autumnal live shows at Omeara and the Old Blue Last
as outlined below. Fittingly
as the evenings draw in ‘Garden Of The Year’ represents a lovely comfort blanket of a song - soulful but light of touch with languid hooklines
gentle surges of sound and an elegantly orchestral denouement.

“It’s a coming of age song
” says the man himself
“tackling themes of jealousy and understanding relationships - how you deal with them at a younger age
what they mean to you and how you are perceived. The term 'he got the garden of the year' is a metaphor for someone having something you wanted/something you strive for
and the panic behind the thought that with this title
they could pull apart the precious relationships you so dearly hold at a younger age. Your own jealousy never helps these situations either. Writing it was a very 'in the moment' thing
which I find can sometimes be the best outcome. It's so easy to overthink and overwork things
so this was a breath of fresh air...In the Garden Of The Year.”

Having spent four years touring with The Carnabys and becoming a festival regular - including repeated Isle Of Wight slots - Jack has already built a huge live reputation
one he has carried on into VC Pines if his first two (sold out) shows at Notting Hill Arts Club and The Social earlier this year are anything to go by. That live show is a riot of colour and stax of fun as
alongside a sometime seven-piece live band
VC Pines delivers deep organ drones and trills to provide the dark underbelly for this wander down an alt-soul avenue
while a ‘70s-esque sound coats the grit with trumpet and trombone.

The past year was when VC Pines tracks like ‘Garden Of The Year’ and previous single ‘Golden Gai’ became fully realized when the artist tucked himself away in a studio above one of the oldest pubs in Britain. He’s called on the musical influences close to his heart
no matter how seemingly irreconcilable they are…

“My influences stem from punk and soul with a lot more on the side. It’s a strange mix but they were CDs I could steal from my dad
so my ideas come from Richard Hell
The Stranglers
Iggy Pop and Nick Cave to Curtis Mayfield
Bobby Womack
Otis Redding and Sly & The Family Stone. Then when I got older I really got into poetry and fell in love with John Cooper Clarke and Gil Scott Heron’s works. It kinda all comes out as VC Pines. There are lots of influences coming from all directions
but that’s what makes each song unique in its own way.”

Jack’s new moniker VC Pines also lies very close to the artist’s life experience. Standing for Violet Coloured Pines
this name relates to the musician’s condition of synaesthesia
in which neural networks allow senses to cross over. For Jack this means that he hears sounds and sees colours at the same time
more specifically called chromesthesia. Throughout history the musical likes of Duke Ellington
Dev Hynes
Mary J Blige
Grimes and Tori Amos have been diagnosed with a similar affliction. For Mercer his synaesthesia is a symptom of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

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