Don't Forget To Breathe


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To understand MERRIN's essence is to know Karl and Charlie.

After the twists her life had taken, Charlie was already disillusioned with the world when the death of her father drove her to the edge. But somehow, something long-since buried burst to the surface, a need to live and create music. Armed with a newly re-awakened desire to pursue, Charlie left the only life she knew ...

From an early age, Karl's been in and out of hospital for various and multiple life-preserving surgeries but he doesn't let that define him. In fact, you wouldn't even suspect. With a genuine zest for life that emanates from every pore in his body and energy to rival that of the energizer bunny, Karl's passion for music was just beginning ...
The Courage to leave a past fraught with darkness meets the light of a fighter determined to live
This is the spark that ignited the dream, and the basis of MERRIN as it is today.

November 2011 saw the first incarnation, with
Lisa Tagaloa (Bass) and Brendan Candy (Ex drums). Three months later they were in the studio recording forthcoming debut EP "Don't Forget to Breathe" and during post-production, Daniel Murray (Guitar)
was brought into the fold. After a year full of firsts, highlights and learning curves, 2013 found the family complete with Richard Maxwell Jnr (Drums).

‘An EXPLOSIVE Cocktail of sultry, soul-infused ROCK’
MERRIN’s music uses strong sensual vocals and raunchy kick-driven grooves to gently pull you in before thrusting you into a twisted web of seductive aggression – but it’s more than that. It’s also the vessel through which Karl, Charlie, Lisa, Dan and Richard come together: To Create. To Laugh. To Share. To Dream.

Join the journey and find YOUR place in the MERRIN family ... Are YOU ready to be MERRINAISED?


released February 20, 2013

Performed by MERRIN
Karl Wootton: Guitar & backing vocals
Charlie Phillips: Lead & backing vocals
Lisa Tagaloa: Bass & backing vocals
Brendan Candy: Drums

With love from
Ian McAllister: Keys
Megan McCarthy: Piano (Track 2)
Thomas Liggett: Violin (Track 2)
Richard Grist: Guitar (Track 2)
Phil Doublet: Resonator Slide (Track 5)
Tamara Smith: Flute (Track 5)

Produced, mixed & mastered by:
Ian McAllister of Audio-Centric, Christchurch, New Zealand

Band arrangements & instrumentation recorded by:
Phill Adams of Matrix Digital, Wellington, New Zealand

Lead vocals, piano & acoustic arrangements recorded by:
Andrew Downes of Marmalade Audio, Wellington, New Zealand

Photography: Sandra Elmore & Paul Moss (Live Shots)
Cover Model: Mary Theberge
Logo Design: William 'Warspec' Tagaloa & Astonish Me Creative Cover Artwork: Will Thompson of Whiskey Tango Creative



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MERRIN Lower Hutt, New Zealand

MERRIN is where soul and rock collide.

With an edge defined by a distinctive guitar sound, soulful vocals and a rhythm section that creates the very heartbeat of this band, Merrin is a musical experience.

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