Lei and I returned to The Hotel Cafe tonight to see Oh Mercy play their only show in Los Angeles. I ran into Alex last night at Paul Kelly's show and he was kind enough to put me on the guest list. We got a table up the front and had a great view of the stage. The set was about 40 minutes long and instead of Alex solo we were treated to what he called the "trans-Pacific version of Oh Mercy" consisting of some LA musicians, including Mitchell Froom (producer of Great Barrier Grief) on keyboards. They started with "Keith St." and played "Mercy Valley," "Blue Lagoon," "Lay Everything On Me," "Stay Please Stay," "My Man," a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Memories," and finished with "Europa." It was good to hear the songs with a full band, especially the new ones that I first heard Alex play in July. I am really liking the harder edge to the new material. After the show I chatted briefly with Alex and thanked him again for putting me on the list. He flies back to Melbourne on Monday and is looking forward to showing off his tan.
Here is Alex doing an acoustic version of "Blue Lagoon"