A collection of the self-released "boys:girls touch taste" album (2003), and two EPs - EP002 and EP003 (both released in 2005)
The Mercy Kiss began as a two-man experiment between Aaron Moore and Bay Dariz in the Fall of 2002. They worked out of a tiny rented house on the East Side of Milwaukee and this experiment became a "band" soon after. TMK's first show was a nearly sold-out headlining gig at the Rave Bar in Milwaukee on June 20th, 2003 and their second show was Lollapalooza 2003. Almost immediately, TMK was generating interest on the West Coast. Armed with a well-received debut record and LA-based representation, the band relocated to LA with much enthusiasm [but little money].
The following year was a rough one for the music industries: labels merged and/or folded, massive layoffs occurred, and uncertainty dominated. TMK decided to take matters into their own hands and continued making their own records. They would go on to self-produce and self-release 3 EPs and 1 LP, and tour the country several times in the process. Band members were lost, adventures were had, meals were skipped, and many miles were put on their purple conversion van.
In the middle of all of this, TMK was contacted by a producer, and upon returning from their final tour, began work on what would be their second full-length album. The making of this record would be sometimes exciting but often disappointing.
As the months stretched on, the band ended up reverting back to the original two-man lineup. Two years had now gone by since TMK had released music or been on tour. By this point, Bay had started acting in indie films, and Aaron had become finally and utterly disenchanted with the music business and life in LA. It also became obvious that despite the band's efforts, the record was never going to be finished.
Aaron decided to move back to Milwaukee, and Bay stayed in LA.