First published on 8 Aug 2012.
Want to spot Melbourne indie-pop quartet Oh Mercy offstage when they're in Sydney this September? Singer-guitarist Alexander Gow tells us the five places they're likely to be:
Shady Pines Saloon
"If it were just a taxidermy showroom I would spend a lot of time there. Happens to be a bar too. Settled." Shop 4, 256 Crown St, Darlinghurst 2010.
Savoy apartment building
"I often take a walk and plant myself out the front of this beautiful building. As the sun goes down the windows glow. To own an apartment in the Savoy Building would be to reside in a 1919 Art Deco dream. One day perhaps..." 10 Hardie St, Darlinghurst 2010.
Billabong Gardens Backpakers, Newtown
"We've stayed there more times than we've collectively consumed hot dinners. The staff go above and beyond. They always put us in the room that hangs a Brett Whiteley. The cat is cute. The Poms almost well behaved. The fans keep us cool during hot summer nights." 5-11 Egan St, Newtown 2042.
Royal Botanic Gardens
"When I'm old I would like to volunteer there. Water the plants. Re-plant the plants. Plant new plants. Hide fake snakes and spiders in the plants..." Mrs Macquarie's Rd, Sydney 2000.
"I would enjoy living in Katoomba. I wouldn't have to necessarily join a cult. I have long admired its incredible Art Deco-style architecture as well as some of the Deco paintings and design the mountain has inspired. Especially beautiful in Autumn and Spring."
Oh Mercy play the Standard, Sat Sep 29.
Deep Heat is out Fri Aug 24.