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The Sisters of Mercy

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The Sisters of Mercy
Andrew Eldritch - Amphi Festival 2012

The Sisters of Mercy
The Sisters of Mercy - Amphi Festival 2012

Wielka Brytania / United Kingdom

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Music genere:
electronic, Gothic, Gothic Rock, industrial, post-punk


Band members:

Andrew Eldritch
Chris Catalyst
Ben Christo


The Sisters of Mercy formed in 1977 in Leeds, United Kingdom. After achieving early underground fame, the band had their commercial breakthrough in mid-1980's and sustained it until the early 1990's, when they stopped releasing new recorded output in protest against their record company.
Currently, the band is a touring outfit only.

The Sisters of Mercy has released three original studio albums -  "First and Last and Always" (1985), "Floodland" (1987) and "Vision Thing", the last one, which was released in 1990. Each album was recorded by a different line-up; singer-songwriter Andrew Eldritch and the drum machine called Doktor Avalanche are the only points of continuity among the line-ups. Eldritch and Avalanche were also involved in The Sisterhood, a side-project connected with Eldritch's dispute with former members.

The group ceased recording activity in 1993, when they went on strike against their record company Time Warner, which they accused of withholding royalties and of incompetence. Although Time Warner eventually let the band go in 1997, they have not signed to another label, and have chosen not to use an independent label, despite showcasing numerous new songs in their live sets.

Since 1985, when the other original members left, The Sisters of Mercy has become the artistic vehicle of Eldritch.
Former members of the group established the bands Ghost Dance and the Mission.