Conceived in the perfect echo chambers of Canada’s cheap motel bathrooms, Meres is the solo project of Mary Shannon. Based in northern Tasmania, Australia, Shannon’s solo writing is awash with reverberant vocal delay and menacing dissonance. Her abstract, multilayered approach cites influences from the likes of Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, U.S slacker rockers Bad History Month and Australian punk icon Adalita.
Meres’ dreamy stoner punk explores Shannon’s reflections on the obscure, the dissident and the mundane, as written through the atonal gauze of her own unique and abstract feedback loop. In July 2017 Meres was selected by Kram (drummer and vocalist for multi Aria Award winning Australian rockers Spiderbait) as the Tasmanian State representative for the APRA/AMCOS supported national song writing mentorship project One Eye on The Stranger. The project saw Meres write and workshop a new song under the mentorship of Kram before being invited to join him on the stage with fellow collaborators from each state to perform to packed out Tasmanian audiences as part of winter music festival, Festival of Voices at Hobart’s City Hall.
Meres has since performed at MONA FOMA 2018 with Kram joining the band on drums.
The band’s first release Hell is on its Way debuted at #2 on the Amrap Regional Charts. In 2018 Meres released follow up single Feardomwith assistance from publicity team at Mucho Bravado.
Feardomreceived positive reviews from Triple J presenters and was added to Unearthed rotation as well as gaining main station spins. The film clip for Feardomwas also well received, airing on Rage within a week of its release.
2019 has been a busy year for the band, performing at nearly every festival of note in Tasmania including Panama Festival, Falls Festival and Party in the Paddock and have supported notable bands such as Hideous Sun Demon and A Swayze & The Ghosts.
In July 2017 Meres was announced as one of only five Tasmanian nominees for the National Live Music Awards “Live Voice of the Year” award category and has again been nominated in the 2018 awards in the same category. Meres is working towards producing her debut EP, which is due to be released early 2020.
“This really does it for me. Crunchy, dreamy, but it never loses you. Your voice has such a unique and gorgeous timbre, like Angie McMahon doing heavy NY indie.” – Nat Tencic, Presenter of The Hook Up on Triple J