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Merkin is a three-piece band that plays Garage Opera music.The group has polished an original sound that is a coupling of the uncouth soul of punk rock with the sagacity of a Broadway performance. It is a conceptual battery with lyrics like that of a Tim Rice work. The music itself is always at the mercy of the emotional trajectory and concept of each particular song that ebb and flow with every whim like a symphonic river, therefore making an unpredictable, untamed sound that visits different genres on its journey.
Merkins' music does what art should do best, it seems to channel something bigger than itself while still presenting it in a very human way. Most importantly, at the very least, Merkin is not boring.
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Over the last six years the trio has shared the stage with such bands as: P.i.L, Agent Orange, Floater and Fishbone and have cut their teeth on the road, engaging in numerous west coast tours. Merkin has played and frequented prestigious venues like The Whisky A Go Go, House of blues, and The Viper Room in Hollywood Ca.The Central Saloon in Seattle, Benders in San Francisco, The Hard Rock Cafe in Phoenix Az. The Knitting Factory in Reno NV and many more. Currently they are working at a new E.P in Hollywood CA where they now live.