Melbourne’s Oh Mercy snaps up $15,000 at the Red Bull Awards

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Oh Mercy has taken home $15,000 as winners of the Red Bull Award for outstanding potential.

The Red Bull prize, now in its fourth year, is awarded to an artist on the Australian Music Prize (Amp) shortlist.

The Melbourne band is one of nine artists in the running for the 2009 Amp.

“Winning the Red Bull Award will help us fund our second album, which we are currently writing,” band member Alexander Gow said.

“That’s particularly useful for Oh Mercy as it makes it a little easier for us to remain an independent band. Our debut album was very much our first attempt writing and recording our music and I am very much looking forward to writing and producing a stronger second album.

Commenting on being shortlisted alongside such artists as Urthboy, Sarah Blasko, and The Mess Hall, Gow said: “ We are honoured to have been Shortlisted amongst so many wonderful artists, in particular our friends Kid Sam and Lisa Mitchell and humbled by some of the fine Australian records of 2009, namely Rowland S Howard’s ‘Pop Crimes.’

Oh Mercy released their debut album, Privileged Woes, last year.

The Amp 2009 Winners will be announced on 12 March.