A Year In Review

2019 was a huge year for Meritorio – not only for us, but for the incredible bands we have the privilege of working with. We’d just like to thank you all for supporting our humble label and making our dream come true.

Read on for a complete summary of our 2019 titles to make sure you haven’t missed any of them.

Sprinters – Struck Gold (MER 016, November 2019)

Manchester indie band Sprinters return with a brand new album. The self-titled debut released by Manchester’s Icecapades label (2017) was labour of love combing elements of surf, indie rock and dream pop, on ‘Struck Gold’ the band explore different territory and offer a much more ambitious affair. Sonically the songs are more powerful, sound more focussed and the songwriting more streamlined.  The indie pop side to the band is dramatically dulled down and instead the band offer up some of their raunchiest songs to date, dialling up the noise and combing it with raucous indie rock..

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Ana & Luis – How Many Times / See What’s Coming (MER 015, November 2019)

This is the debut single by Ana and Luis. The group features Ana Gonzalez (Bobkat 65) and Luis Navarro (Detritus X) who with a shared love of 60s Pop and Country Folk taking influence from The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Gene Clark, Emmylou Harris as well as English Folk acts such as Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention have joined together to honour their love of this music to create a wonderful double-sided folk pop 45 release, with amazing songwriting and really great musicianship.

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Capitol – Dream Noise (MER 014, October 2019)

Capitol is a five-piece indie band composed mostly of brothers, from Hamilton, Ontario. Capitol’s debut LP Dream Noise was recorded in the summer of 2018 at Candle Recording in Toronto, produced by Josh Korody (“The Dirty Nil”, “Tallies”, “Weaves”) and mastered by Sarah Register in NYC (“Future Islands”, “Depeche Mode”, “Lower Dens”). Capitol are influenced by an array of an genres from 70s punk to modern indie rock, and “Dream Noise” captures the decades in 11 eclectic tracks. This is a co-release with Canadian label Kingfisher Bluez.

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Cool Sounds – More To Enjoy (MER 013, September 2019)

Cool Sounds are a guitar pop band from Melbourne. Led by Dainis Lacey, the band have released 2 full length LP’s, Dance Moves and Cactus Country, along with three EP’s. Their third LP ‘More To Enjoy’ is their finest work, out since September 20th via Hotel Motel, Osborne Again and Us.

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Poppel – Make Sense (MER 012, September 2019)

The new Poppel’s album was recorded at Finster Studio in Antwerp, Belgium, during three days in summer 2018, and produced and mixed by Bert Vliegen (Sophia, Teen Creeps) and mastered by Laurens Grossen at Motormusic. Poppel’s music oozes a love for shoegaze, jangle pop and lo-fi dream pop.

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Holy Tunics – Hit Parade Lemonade Supersonic Spree (MER 011, June 2019)

Brooklyn-based indie pop group Holy Tunics returned at mid year with a new album Hit Parade Lemonade Supersonic Spree, which was engineered and produced by Travis Harrison (Guided by Voices, Built to Spill) at Serious Business Studios. As the lead vocalist/guitarist Nick Rogers explains, “This new record is inspired by albums like R.E.M.‘s Monster, a dive into more rock than jangle and a love letter to ’90s alternative radio that spawned our love of the genre. ”

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Monnone Alone – Summer Of The Mosquito (MER 010, May 2019)

As Jonathan Richman once (or twice) famously lamented: “that summer feeling is gonna haunt you one day in your life”. For Monnone Alone, that day has arrived and here it is for all to hear! 

Recorded and mixed by Melbourne-based Welsh producer Gareth Parton (Foals, Big Scary), with assistance from drummer Gus Franklin, Summer of the Mosquito is a big ol’ sun-smooch from a Melbourne band in no hurry to be anywhere but right here right now, and a songwriter happy to glimpse back briefly before being swept forward in life’s inevitable undertow. 

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The Roves – All Those Freaks (MER 008, April 2019)

Jangly guitar rock and roll springing from the suburbs of North London. Chief songwriter James Wing a long with his little brother Tom and a hard grafted rhythm section in Luke Evans and Brendan Monahan released their second album “All Those Freaks” on April. 

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Monnone Alone – Do It Twice (MER 009, March 2019)

Do it Twice’ was the second taste from the Monnone Alone album Summer of the Mosquito, and follows previous single ‘Cut Knuckle’. 

The single’s B-side ‘The Sea and the City’ is a cover of a song by San Francisco band The Mosquitoes, from their classic lost album of 2004 Our Generation. The album was recorded in Melbourne and Mark Monnone actually featured on drums.

The 7 inch is out of stock.

The Maureens – Something I The Air (MER 007, February 2019)

A shared love for melodic and uplifting guitar-driven pop music brought the member of The Maureens together. The band previously released two Albums, a self-titled debut in 2013 followed by ‘Bang The Drum’ in 2015.

Currently operating as a four-piece band, The Maureens are busy as always, writing and performing their exciting and melodic alternative pop songs. Here is their third album ‘Something in the Air’, where the dreaming about a better future is mixed with longing for the innocent days of youth.

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Don’t forget to visit the BUNDLE section in our store to get better prices (and shipping costs!) if you are ordering 3 or more records from our discography. 

Cheers to everyone who’s supported us and 2020 here we go!

Sprinters “Struck Gold” due out November 15th.

Meritorio Records are pleased to announce the signing of Manchester group Sprinters. The Indie-rock band hailing from Wigan, Greater Manchester will release their sophomore album ‘Struck Gold’ on Meritorio Records on 15th of November. The indie rock quartet has become a staple band in the Manchester DIY scene and released their self titled debut album in summer 2017 on Manchester DIY label Icecapades. The LP received critical acclaim from the likes of The Skinny, Gold Flake Paint and Piccadilly Records and gained album of the year by Manchester blog MIMR and cemented the band as a staple group in the Manchester music scene.

On ‘Struck Gold’ the band explore different territory and offer a much more ambitious affair. Sonically the songs are more powerful, sound more focussed and the songwriting more streamlined.  The indie pop side to the band is dramatically dulled down and instead the band offer up some of their raunchiest songs to date, dialling up the noise and combing it with raucous indie rock. First single ‘Ending’ debuts the bands exhilarating new sound. The 4 and half minute edgy drone rocker is carried by a shimmering chorus and effective lead line and climaxes with a noise outro and then steady fade. Jarvis said: ‘Ending’ was one of the first songs I wrote for the album way back when we were recording the first LP. It didn’t quite fit with those songs but I felt it had something special. The song is about taking ‘a trip.’

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Link to the bundle section here

Capitol “Dream Noise”

We are very happy to announce Capitol debut album “Dream Noise”, due Out 25th October.

Watch the video of the second single “In Ceremony” here:

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You can also pre order our next three upcoming releases at a special price in the bundle section of our store: 

Poppel “Make Sense”, out 20th September. 

Cool Sounds “More To Enjoy”, out 20th September. 

Capitol “Dream Noise”, out 25th October. 

Link to the bundle section here

Poppel “Don’t Wait”

Poppel new single “Don’t Wait” video is out now! Check out and listen to it on all streaming services.

Remember pre order the album here!

You can also pre order our next three upcoming releases at a special price in the bundle section of our store: 

Poppel “Make Sense”, out 20th September. 

Cool Sounds “More To Enjoy”, out 20th September. 

Capitol “Dream Noise”, out 25th October. 

Link to the bundle section here

Capitol “Blondie”

Capitol release new track “Blondie” from their debut album Dream Noise due out in October 2019, via Meritorio Records (EU) and Kingfisher Bluez (US/CANADA).

Formerly UK Cinema, upcoming album “Dream Noise” was recorded in the summer of 2018 at Candle Recording in Toronto, produced by Josh Korody (“The Dirty Nil”, “Tallies”, “Weaves”) and mastered by Sarah Register in NYC (“Future Islands”, “Depeche Mode”, “Lower Dens”). Capitol are influenced by an array of an genres from 70s punk to modern indie rock, and “Dream Noise” captures the decades in 11 eclectic tracks. The lead single “Blondie” helps announce the record in a distorted, dreamy anthem, with an emotional lyric-driven chorus and verses reminiscent of 80’s New Wave.

Check it out the video premiere via The Spill Magazine HERE!