They were up against nationally-known acts Hey Rosetta! and Duane Andrews, but St. John’s band Mercy, The Sexton went home last night with the first ever Atlantis Music Prize for their album Another Month.
Formed by brothers Luke and Duncan Major in 2007, Mercy, The Sexton are a pop group with New Wave and 70s punk influences. The album was produced in St. John’s by Jody Richardson (Thomas Trio and the Red Albino, Fur Packed Action, The Pathological Lovers). It was mixed by Craig McConnell and mastered by Tim Branton.
Like the Polaris Music Awards for Canada, the Atlantis Music Prize is a juried award judged on artistic merit, without regard to genre or sales. An independent panel of more than 30 journalists, musicians, and people recognized for their knowledge and appreciation of local music submitted their top picks for the best album released between November 2007 and 2008. The winning album was decided by a group of six selected jurors and announced to a packed gala show on Thursday, December 4th at the Rock House in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
The winners received a $1,000 gift certificate for the Newfoundland-based music chain Music City.
“We’re a small music community, but we’re a prolific one,” says Atlantis coordinator Elling Lien and editor of St. John’s alt-weekly The Scope. “The list of nominees is a testament to the diversity of the local music scene right now.”
The Newfoundland and Labrador albums shortlisted for the annual critic’s prize were revealed in early November.
The 10 nominees (in alphabetical order):
AE Bridger – I Am A Ghostly Leech
Duane Andrews – Raindrops
Hey Rosetta! – Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart, and on through your blood)
Idlers – Corner
Mercy, The Sexton – Another Month
Narrows – Narrows
Slippery Rabbits – La Marée Noire
The Human Soundtrack – Organs For Sale
The Satans – Renovabis Faciem Terrae
Victor Lewis – Good Intentions
For more information, visit www.atlantismusicprize.ca