Weyes Blood

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Weyes Blood
Weyes Blood in 2016.
Weyes Blood in 2016
Background information
Birth nameNatalie Mering
Born (1988-06-11) June 11, 1988 (age 30)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
GenresPsychedelic pop, psychedelic folk, soft rock
Occupation(s)singer
Years active2010–present
LabelsNot Not Fun, Mexican Summer, Sub Pop
Websitewww.mexicansummer.com/artist/weyes-blood/

Natalie Mering, known professionally as Weyes Blood, is an American musician. She has released three albums and an EP. She is also noted for her collaborations with Ariel Pink and her older brother Zak Mering (also known as Raw Thrills).[1]

Biography[edit]

Mering was born in Santa Monica, California and grew up in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.[2] Both her siblings and parents are musicians and music played an important part in her Christian upbringing. Her older brother, Zak Mering, is also a noteworthy recording artist, producer and song writer under the "Raw Thrills" alias. He also founded Gunk TV Records, a Brooklyn based label, and still records and collaborates with Natalie from time to time.

At the age of 15 Mering rebelled against her parents' religion and began using the moniker Weyes Blood to write songs. She originally used the moniker of Weyes Bluhd, on several self released records, before changing the spelling to Weyes Blood.[3][4] She took the name from the Flannery O'Connor novel Wise Blood.[5] At the same time, while working on her own material, she was also touring with bands Jackie-O Motherfucker and Nautical Almanac.[6]

In 2011 she released the album The Outside Room as Weyes Blood And The Dark Juices on Not Not Fun Records.[7][8] Uncut magazine described the album as "the vibe is devotional and ethereal, but with an edge",[9] while Beatbots found it "an impressive and ambitious album".[10] The period of time between her sophomore album was spent collaborating with Ariel Pink on his record Mature Themes. She also toured with him during this time as well.[11] Natalie released her second record in October 2014 called The Innocents, which was released through Mexican Summer.[12] It was recorded in rural Pennsylvania, Mering's apartment and Gary's Electric Studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.[3] It included contributions by Jacob Brunner (drums), James Strong (bass) and Shane Butler.[4] Mering described the theme of the album as "it's about young love. It's about my first real relationship that went really awry".[3]

In 2016 she released the album Front Row Seat to Earth on Mexican Summer to great acclaim throughout the music industry, and has spent the past few years touring throughout Europe and the states.[13]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Cardamom Times (2015, Mexican Summer)
  • Myths 002 (with Ariel Pink) (2017, Mexican Summer)
  • A Certain Kind b/w Everybody's Talkin' (2017, Mexican Summer)

Other contributions[edit]

  • Backing vocals on Ariel Pink's "Early Birds of Babylon" on Mature Themes (2012, 4AD)[2]
  • Singing, Writing, playing guitar and Backing vocals on Raw Thrill’s “Run Spot Run” and “If You Leave Him”. Both on “Sick Steez”. Released in Japan in 2011 on vinyl. High Club's "The Chat" on Timeline (2011, Sixteen Tambourines Records (Japan)
  • Backing vocals on Mild High Club's "The Chat" on Timeline (2015, Circle Star Records)[14][15]
  • Co-lead vocals on Perfume Genius' "Sides" on No Shape (2017, Matador)
  • Co-lead vocals on Kirin J Callinan's "Friend of Lindy Morrison" on Bravado (2017, Terrible Records)
  • Lead vocals on Drugdealer's "Suddenly" and "The End of Comedy" on The End of Comedy (2017, Weird World)[16]
  • Backing vocals on the title track of Father John Misty's God's Favorite Customer (2018, Sub Pop)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Fred. "Weyes Blood | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  2. ^ a b Dominguez, Mary Lynn (January 10, 2015). "THERE WILL BE BLOOD: Q&A w/ Natalie Mering". PHAWKER.COM. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  3. ^ a b c Comingore, Aly (October 21, 2014). "An Older, Wiser Weyes Blood". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  4. ^ a b "Weyes Blood - The Innocents". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  5. ^ Carroll, Tobias (January 13, 2015). "Weyes Blood interview". bombmagazine.org. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  6. ^ "Artist Biography by Fred Thomas". www.skinnywolves.com. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  7. ^ "Weyes Blood And The Dark Juices* - The Outside Room". The Outside Room. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  8. ^ "Weyes Blood & The Dark Juices – The Outside Room". www.skinnywolves.com. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  9. ^ Mulvey, John (2011-05-31). "Weyes Blood & The Dark Juices: "The Outside Room" - Uncut". Uncut. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  10. ^ Kabara, Tim (June 27, 2011). "Beatbots Audio Reviews : Weyes Blood and the Dark Juices - The Outside Room". www.beatbots.com. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  11. ^ "THERE WILL BE BLOOD: Q&A w/Natalie Mering". Phawker. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  12. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (October 28, 2014). "Weyes Blood: The Innocents Album Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  13. ^ "Review: Weyes Blood, 'Front Row Seat To Earth'". NPR.org. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  14. ^ Beauchemin, Molly (September 11, 2015). "Mild High Club Teams With Ariel Pink and Weyes Blood on "The Chat"". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  15. ^ Tully Claymore, Gabriela (September 11, 2015). "Mild High Club – "The Chat" (Feat. Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood) Video". Stereogum. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  16. ^ "Drugdealer – The End of Comedy | Weird World". www.weirdworldrecordco.com. Retrieved 2018-03-27.