Impose streaming Merso’s ‘Red World’ in full today; in-stores tomorrow!


Seattle dusky post-rock quartet MERSO is streaming their new album ‘Red World’ in its entirety over at Impose today and will be celebrating the release with a show at Black Lodge in Seattle tomorrow as well as hitting the road for a string of tour dates the following week. ‘Red World’ is available in both a beautiful 2LP package that includes lyric sheet and colored and classic black vinyl options as well as digital formats.
MERSO‘s debut full length has already stirred up quite a bit of buzz and excitement from the blogs and critics from their hometown and beyond, including New Noise MagazineSeattle WeeklyImpose, and more.

What people are saying about ‘RED WORLD':

“…this album is difficult to place genre-wise. And perhaps that’s the point, but either way we’re loving it.” – IMPOSE

“Merso explores everything from hooky prog-rock homages in punchy songs like “Reunion Show” to the post-rock vastness of opener “Astoria.” The three-part title track alone spans a wealth of sounds—part of Sennholz’s insistence that “genres are stupid.”  – SEATTLE WEEKLY

“Red World brings the loud, but in more controlled spurts. They have definitely given into the prog, because moments of this, sound like a modern update of early King Crimson, with some psychedelic moments, and those aforementioned controlled bursts of fury.” – NEW NOISE MAGAZINE

“Dark, dissident, and distorted…” – KEXP.ORG

Dark, surreptitious…the four gents making up the group have no trouble soundtracking the more sinister aspects of life…with a torrent of pummeling, down-tuned riffage. But they’re also more than capable of changing gears, from bewitching math-prog breakdowns to relatively straightforward psych rock.” – THE STRANGER


Live dates: 

10/21 – Seattle (record release) / Black Lodge

10/24 – Bellingham / Shakedown

10/25 – Portland / Smart Collective

10/26 – Sacramento / The Starlight

10/28 – Oakland / The Hole

10/29 – L.A. / Bridgetown DIY

10/30 – S.F. / Honey Hive

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Merso Record Release Show

Friday October 21st @ Black Lodge!


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Last Gaytheist show for a bit

Last chance to see Gaytheist live for a little while is this weekend. Great bill at High Water Mark in Portland. Get yo tickets!


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Merso – “Red World” pre-order


Red World from Seattle dusky post-rock quartet MERSO is coming next month (October 21st) and is now available for pre-order via our web store. It’s a beautiful double LP package featuring artwork by local painter Ula Trudnos. This release is available in a special two color edition (limited to 100 – LP1 Doublemint / LP2 Grimace Purple – $25) as well in Classic Black ($20) and includes both lyrics sheet insert and digital download coupon. Also, while supplies last pre-orders will include a sticker and postcard.

Pre-order RED WORLD

Last but not least, MERSO is part of the stellar line-up booked for this year’s Macefield Music Festival in Ballard during the weekend of Sept 30-Oct 2nd. They join Good to Die label mates Absolute Monarchs and Sandrider and will hit the Sunset Tavern stage at 6:45pm on Saturday Oct 1st. Full line-up and wristband info is available at MERSO will also be celebrating the release of Red World on October 21st at Black Lodge in Seattle with local friends Serial Hawk and Post/Boredom. Mark your calendars!

More info on MERSO’s Red World:

Initially leaning on a more psych-metal sound with the self-released “Plague House” EP under their original moniker Leatherdaddy, MERSO is now moving into somber, more conceptual territory inspired by the proggy work of King Crimson and Yes, as well as the metaphorical underpinnings of Alan Moore’s groundbreaking run writing Swamp Thing. The new album ties all that together into a sound that transcends. GOOD TO DIE RECORDS brings you ‘Red World’ just in time for MERSO’s west coast tour starting in October.

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Red World by Merso out October 21st, 2016!

We are excited to announce that “Red World”, the debut full length from Seattle’s own Merso is being released October 21st, 2016!

2LP featuring beautiful artwork by Ula Trudnos + digital // 100 in color (LP1 Doublemint / LP2 Grimace Purple) // 400 (Classic Black)

Join us Thursday September 1st at Cafe Solstice (Capitol Hill) for a curated vinyl night and listening party. You may even be so fortunate as to walk away with a test pressing of the record among other goodies. Drink specials and free to attend.

More info on pre-sale and music coming very soon…




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We’re hanging at Channel Fest this Saturday

Come say hello!


CHANNEL Seattle record label fest premieres this summer with over 30 local labels of all sizes, form factors, and genres.

1. Daytime event: FREE, All Ages. RSVP to receive a limited edition CHANNEL 2016 tote bag (complete with goodies from our sponsors and exhibitors).

2. Night-time concert: 21+. A stellar local line up from exhibiting labels, including Gaytheist, SSDD, Roladex and Hibou
–Just show admission: $12
–Show + totebag: $20

**please RSVP on Brown Paper Tickets, confirming on Facebook does not grant you a ticket**

Daytime DJ Lineup:
12:00pm – Sharlese
1:00 – DJ Salinger
2:00 – DJ Veins
3:00 – Scratchmaster Joe
4:00 – DJ Explorateur
5:00 – Bankie Phones
6:00 – DJ Brnt Zza

Evening Band lineup:

Hibou (Barsuk Records) +
Gaytheist [Good to Die Records] + SSDD (Steal Shit Do Drugs) [Help Yourself Records], and Roladex [Medical Records] + DJs.

Our exhibitors include:

Light in the Attic, Brick Lane, Help Yourself Records, Good to Die, Hush Hush, Medical Records, Freakout Records, Knick Knack, Debacle Records, MOTOR, WeCoast Records, Further Records, Masters Chemical Society, Jigsaw Records, Neon Sigh, Nostalgium Directive, Alterity 101, Eiderdown, Hanged Man, Good Person Recording, Illuminasty, Lo-Flydelity, FFU (Filthy Fingers United), Depandable Services, Broken Press Records, Den Tapes, Sands Vacation, Centagon Records + more being confirmed every day + DJs from the most popular local nights all day long.


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We’re turning 5 in June!

The Absolute Monarchs are reuniting for our 5th anniversary party June 11th at Neumos! Joining them are Sandrider, Gaytheist, Blood Drugs, and Merso. Tickets are on-sale NOW!


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Welcome to Good to Die MERSO!


SEATTLE – Good to Die Records is excited to announce their newest signing: Seattle dusky post-rock quartet MERSO. The label will be releasing their debut album in 2016, and the group will respond by playing as many shows as they can both at home and throughout the U.S.

The move to work with Good to Die comes at a time when the band is going through a number of changes. Formerly known as Leatherdaddy, the quartet has taken on a new name, a Latin word meaning, “to be submerged, or drowned.”

“With our original name, we came to realize that that culture isn’t something to joke about,” says Merso’s vocalist Tristan Sennholz. It was time for us to mature and it was time to come up with something that really represents us.”

The new name is also a better reflection of a new sound for the group. Initially leaning on a more psych-metal sound, MERSO is now moving into somber, more conceptual territory inspired by the proggy work of King Crimson and Yes, as well as the metaphorical underpinnings of Alan Moore’s groundbreaking run writing Swamp Thing. The new album ties all that together into a sound that Sennholz describes as “something very mellow at the start but then gets progressively darker and darker until the end of the album culminates in a long dissonant song.”

As Leatherdaddy, the group has already picked up a lot of praise and attention in their hometown of Seattle. Blog No Goddamn Dancing called their self-released EP The Plague House “fantastic,” while noting “their ability to assemble and artfully link a wide range of stylistic approaches.” And alt-weekly The Stranger appreciated the three-song collection’s “torrent of pummeling, down-tuned riffage.”

Don’t let the move in name and sound worry you at all, Merso will still have your heavy needs covered. “It’s still really loud and abrasive at moments,” says Sennholz. “It’s just not as stoner metal/Sabbath-worshiping as it used to be. And if it finally gets folks to stop comparing us to Tool, even better.”

MERSO closes out 2015 with a show this weekend with new label mates Gaytheist at the Sunset Tavern in Seattle.

Much more info and new music to come in 2016!



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Good to Die Holiday Party

Hope to see you Saturday! Tickets available at


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Fall / Winter 2015 Sale!

Fall / Winter Sale! Get 25% off on all orders. No minimum. No code necessary. Excited about 2016. Need your help to keep this train rolling. Thanks!


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