The Truth: VC Pines is Jack Mercer, the former frontman of The Carnabys, who has moved away from the realm of indie-rock and has immersed himself in a well of alternative soul, poetry and punk performance. Under Violet Coloured Pines, Mercer has released a handful of original songs, the most recent being ‘Garden Of The Year’ which garnered to attention of BBC radio’s Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Chris Hawkins and Huw Stephens.
With the pressures and expectations of the new year in abundance, find solace in VC Pines’ somnambulist single ‘Vixen’. Providing the personal back story to this dynamic number is Jack himself:
“Vixen is about mental vacancy and an apology for being so. I’d been focused so much on my music for months and months and months and had kind of forgotten people that were most important in my life.”
Mercer’s experience of epilepsy – a symptom of which is chromesthesia and hence the source of his new moniker Violet Coloured Pines – may also be a key to unlocking this song’s multitudinal meaning. As Jack further explains:
“The song is also a statement to say that even if I’m vacant minded here and there, and seem like just a shell, not to worry about me. Mental vacancy is also something that can happen to me physically as a symptom of epilepsy, but I’m always okay after a seizure and it’s not something that will be the end of me.”
Looking ahead to the rest of 2019, VC Pines is set to play a headline show at London’s Lexington on April 3rd.