Mermaidens


When Mermaidens opened for The Beths at the Auckland Town Hall in November 2020, the guy next to me – who knew about such things – said, “it reminds me of Fillmore West”.

He was referring to the great San Francisco venue for psychedelic bands in the late 60s and was spot-on, because singers Gussie Larkin (guitar) and Lily West (bass) with drummer Abe Hollingsworth extended their songs into exciting psych-rock with subtle melodic and dynamic shifts, hints of downbeat microtones and a real sense of enjoyable urgency.

Mermaidens - I Like To Be Alone (2023)
Mermaidens - Soft Energy (2021)
Mermaidens during filming of the Sunstone video, 2017.
Mermaidens - Undergrowth (album, 2016)
Mermaidens in Paris, 2019. From left to right: Gussie Larkin, Abe Hollingsworth, Lily West.
Mermaidens - Under the Mountain II (2016)
Mermaidens at the Mermgrown Festival, Newtown Bowling Club, Wellington, 2020
Photo credit: Ezra Simons
Mermaidens' Gussie Larkin recording at Blue Barn Recording Studio, Wellington, c 2018.
Photo credit: Ezra Simons
Mermaidens photographed in 2022 during the recording their fourth, self-titled album at The Surgery, Wellington, with co-producer Samuel Flynn Scott. From left to right: Lily West, Samuel Flynn Scott, Abe Hollingsworth, Gussie Larkin.
Mermaidens - Undergrowth (2016)
Loading the tour van, France 2019
Mermaidens - Satsuma (2017)
Mermaidens - Perfect Body (Flying Nun, 2017)
Mermaidens' Gussie Larkin recording at Blue Barn Recording Studio, Wellington, c 2018.
Photo credit: Ezra Simons
Poster from the Mermaidens’ first live show, supporting David Saunders and Street Chant at Puppies, Wellington, July 2013. Poster design by Lily West.
Mermaidens - Millennia (2019)
Mermaidens - Sunstone ONONO Remix (2017)
Mermaidens with Soaked Oats, Laneway Festival, Auckland 2020
Mermaidens' vinyl packaging for their self-titled 2023 album.
Mermaidens - You Maintain the Stain NZ tour poster, 2019
Mermaidens introduce the Moon Cycle effect pedal, 2019
Mermaidens - Sunstone (2017)
Mermaidens - Foolish (2023)
Mermaidens at Blue Barn Recording Studio, Wellington, c 2018. From left to right: Abe Hollingsworth, Lily West, Gussie Larkin.
Photo credit: Ezra Simons
Mermaidens at Camp A Low Hum, Ōhau, 2014
Mermaidens playing at Palmerston North Girls’ High School, 2014
Mermaidens - Look Me In the Eye (Flying Nun, 2019)
Mermaidens - Fade (2018)
Mermaidens, from left to right: Gussie Larkin, Lily West, Abe Hollingsworth.
Mermaidens - Look Me In The Eye 2019 NZ tour poster
Mermaidens - Bastards (live at Worser Bay, January 2020)
Lily West and Gussie Larkin recording Look me In The Eye at Blue Barn Recording Studio, Wellington, c 2018.
Photo credit: Ezra Simons
Vocalists recording Look Me In The Eye
Mermaidens' Abe Hollingsworth recording at Blue Barn Recording Studio, Wellington, c 2018.
Photo credit: Ezra Simons
Mermaidens filming the video for I Like To Be Alone.
Photo credit: Lewis Ferris
Mermaidens in Berlin, 2019. From left: Lily West, Abe Hollingsworth, Gussie Larkin.
Mermaidens' self-titled 2023 album
Mermaidens, from left: Gussie Larkin, Lily West, and Abe Hollingsworth, with James Goldsmith (right) at Blue Barn Recording Studio, Wellington.
Mermaidens - I Might Disappear (2019)
Mermaidens - You Maintain the Stain (2019)
Mermaidens with Japanese band Chai, Antwerp 2019
Mermaidens - Sister (2023)
Mermaidens - I Might Disappear (live at Worser Bay, October 2019)
Gussie Larkin loading into a Mermaidens show, Cologne, 2019
Mermaidens' Lily West (left) and Gussie Larkin in Scotland, 2019
Mermaidens set lists 2013-2019
Mermaidens in Europe, 2019. From left: Lily West, Abe Hollingsworth, Gussie Larkin.
Mermaidens on the set of I Like To Be Alone
Photo credit: Lewis Ferris
Mermaidens live in Europe, 2019
Mermaidens - Bastards (2020)
The Moon Cycle pedal made by Emerald Rose for the Mermaidens’ 2019 album Look Me In My Eye, art by Lily West
Mermaidens playing at Great Job, Palmerston North, 2014. From left to right: Gussie Larkin, Abe Hollingsworth, Lily West.
Mermaidens - Priorities (live at Worser Bay, September 2019)
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Flying Nun

Members:

Gussie Larkin - guitar, vocals

Lily West - bass, vocals

Abe Hollingsworth - drums

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