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Monday, June 13, 2016

Premiere: San Francisco Band Picture Atlantic Proves it Knows How to Make Upbeat Rockers with "Lord Have Mercy"

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In Picture Atlantic's new single, "Lord Have Mercy," the San Francisco band turns negative experiences into an upbeat, Arctic Monkeys-esque rocker. But the guitar-driven, indie song, premiered here on SF Weekly, is hardly the trio's first: the band formed when they were in high school and they've released two albums and three EPs, to date. 

The chorus of "Lord Have Mercy" is "kyrie eleison," the Greek translation of the phrase, which singer Nikolaus Bartunek says is in a lot of Orthodox Christian Liturgy. While the song was "written a really long time ago by the band," it was inspired, he says, by the bands visits to the City of Angeles. 
"While writing the song, I was thinking a lot about the really obnoxious people we had met in clubs or shows while playing in L.A.," Bartunek says. "So I'm sort of saying, 'Lord have mercy on us because all of this industry stuff sucks.' It's pretty tongue-in-cheek and sarcastic, but the message is definitely something we feel sometimes." 

"Lord Have Mercy" is the first single to be released from the band's upcoming album, Assouf. 
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