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The Gunness / Press

“If you think not giving a damn and relentless self-expression can only come in the shape of a rowdy four-piece punk band, how shattered you will be when Alana Mercer takes the stage by her lonesome as The Gunness. Since she’s already played major roles in The Quiffs and The Blowholes, handfuls of bands today are looking to share a bill with Mercer’s new solo act, especially if her bass drum, guitar, and throaty voice bring a rowdy night to a sombre, brooding halt. Mercer explains, “Specifically [the bands] have explained to me—what they like so much about what it is I do—it’s just not giving a god damn, and playing whatever I want. Like, I’ll play in the middle of a night after two full bands. I don’t care.” It’s an attitude that she’s carrying over into recording her upcoming album which will be released on Transistor 66 Records.”

"44. Best New Local Solo Artist 1) (tie) The Gunness; Two-Young Ruckus; William Prince; Young Kidd Drummer/guitarist Alana Mercer of rock n’ roll mainstays The Quiffs, The High Thunderers, The Blowholes and The Angry Dragons has been raising eyebrows with her solo R&B project, The Gunness; a stark contrast to the beats and rhymes of teenage rap phenom Two-Young Ruckus, who can be found taking over the streets of Winnipeg via gritty homemade videos on his official YouTube page. You know Frank (Young Kidd) Fontaine as the Criminal Turned Legit rapper and CTL Records founder, and William Prince (aka Big Will) as the up-and-coming singer/songwriter behind that smooth baritone voice on Streetz FM."

“Local music scene vet Alana Mercer goes solo with The Gunness. " I like to think sacred bands aren’t sacred at all. Even Patti Smith was once a little groupie who hung out at CBGB’s just wanting to hang out with Lou Reed and be like him. Everyone comes from a point where they were bananas over someone else so when I think about it like that it’s easier to make a cover song my own." Go to www.reverbnation/thegunness and hear Mercer’s lean and mean take on the Stones’ Heart of Stone. A down and dirty DIY style makes perfect sense as Mercer took the name The Gunness from Belle Gunness, a Norwegian-American serial killer who reportedly murdered over 40 people, including her two husbands and two daughters, between the 19th and 20th centuries. "That whole dark part of the mind that can possibly be triggered, that’s why I like The Gunness," Mercer says. "It’s the dramatic, angry and vicious part of me that I can’t let out anywhere else."”