Profile: Tommy Mirgiannis of Merchant

Merchant
Merchant

When you see a band likened to YOB, and particularly a relatively new band, the knee jerk reaction is to shrug it off. It’s easy to throw that kind of weight around and not deliver. But every once in awhile the stars align and this sort of promise actually comes to fruition. Such is the case with Australia’s Merchant on their upcoming second full length Beneath. From the majestic opening moments and subsequent heavy-as-a-ton-of-bricks approach on “Guile as Vice” to the cavernous swagger throughout “Succumbing” this band seems older and more seasoned than many of their counterparts. Since forming in 2014 they have a demo and Suzerain, their debut full length, under their belts and while Suzerain was thick with beefy riffs and soaked in fuzz, Beneath completely eclipses its predecessor with better songwriting and the kind of awe-inspiring feel that we’ve come to expect from this genre’s veteran statesmen. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the opportunity to ask Tommy Mirgiannis (vocals) our set of Profile questions so read on to see what he had to say. Continue reading