About us

Friends and collaborators from Ottawa and Pembroke, The Wicked Mercy began playing shows in early 2012. Initially formed as a group of friends jamming, blasting loud, dirty blues in their basements and living rooms. With time they have melded and evolved as a group, fusing heavy, lovelorn rock’n’roll stylings into their own urgent and honest sound.

Since forming, the band has played Ottawa, Pembroke, Montreal, Toronto and surrounding areas relentlessly, delivering raucous performances and captivating audiences. The Wicked Mercy has built a fan base the old way, playing hard and often.

Influenced by the old but inspired by the new. The Wicked Mercy blend swampy southern blues with cold rock. Sometimes compared to the Sheepdogs, Queens of the Stone Age, the Doors and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. The Wicked Mercy have fused traditional rock & roll with elements gypsy, psychedelic and metal, creating a tight layered sound.

Singer Case Bakker leads the group with blistering vocals, sharp lyrics, blasts of harmonica with a telecaster on hand. An unmistakable and integral part of the band is the guitar work of Dave Nado. Piercing and visceral, his guitar lines leave an impression with all listeners.

The rhythm section is held down by 5-string rock funkateer Mark Sudiacal on bass and seasoned veteran drummer Cory Zadorozny (ex Sam Roberts Band). The latest addition to the group is the charming Erik Hertzberg on organ, keys and vocals.

The Wicked Mercy released their debut self-titled album April 2013. Recorded in Pembroke with Jordon Zadorozny (Sam Roberts, Blinker the Star, Courtney Love) it is an impressive first release from a young band. Supporting videos can be found on youtube. They are currently recording new material, again with Zadorozny, for their second release due this summer.

On top of numerous club dates and regional tours, The Wicked Mercy have played Ottawa Bluesfest, Sabstock and Kitchissippi Music Festival. They have shared the stages supporting acts such as Half Moon Run, Die Mannequin and David Wilcox.

It has been a strong beginning from this young band. Only gaining speed, there is much more on the horizon. Talented and ambitious, The Wicked Mercy is going places.