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August 27th, 2021

Mel Bryant & the Mercy Makers release new EP ‘Muscle Memory’ as part of their 2018 NewSong Music grand prize.


We are honored and delighted to announce the release of Muscle Memory today, Friday August 27, 2021 — 2018 NewSong Music Grandprize winner Mel Bryant and (her band) the Mercy Makers tracked the song live at church-turned-studio Echo Mountain in Asheville, North Carolina with NewSong Recordings own Gar Ragland and produced the song in their backyard shed-turned-studio. This heartwrenching, blood pumping collection of songs is not to be missed: STREAM HERE NOW


“Channeling the energy of contemporaries such as Pinegrove and Sorority Noise, their nuanced emo sound has a kind of trudging, gritty quality that makes for an immersive and all-encompassing listening experience.” 
– Clout





Nashville based, NYC & Philly bred band Mel Bryant & the Mercy Makers met in Miami and moved together to Nashville to follow their dreams of bringing rock back to the radio. They are as diverse in tastes as they are well traveled. Bassist and bandleader Mel Bryant sends visceral vocals and no nonsense lyrics atop guitarist Conor McCarthy’s prodigious prog rock riffs, interplaying thunderous grooves provided by Bonham disciple Brendan Bird. They draw inspiration from timeless rockers like Fleetwood Mac and the Allman Brothers, as well as modern muses like Phoebe Bridgers and Mitski. 


“ …blistering rock and roll ascensions progressively wrapping around Bryant’s vocals that are powerful yet adorned with a beautiful bite.” 
– American Pancake


Photos by Josh at Echo Mountain