St. John's band Mercy, The Sexton upsets nationally-known Newfoundland acts Hey Rosetta! and Duane Andrews to win the first ever Atlantis Music Prize for their album Another Month.

Formed by brothers Luke and Duncan Major during the long dark winter of 2007, Mercy has developed a dedicated following in the St. John's club circuit. It's worth noting that St. John's has the most bars per capita of any city in North American, so I'm guessing this means their dance cards are full most weekends.

Like the Polaris Music Awards, the Atlantis Music Prize is a juried award judged on artistic merit, without regard to genre or sales. An independent panel of more than 30 journalists, musicians, and people recognized for their knowledge and appreciation of local music submitted their top picks for the best album released between November 2007 and 2008. The winning album was decided by a group of six selected jurors and announced to a packed gala show on Thursday, December 4th at the Rock House in St. John's, Newfoundland.

The winners received a $1,000 gift certificate for the Newfoundland chain, Music City.

Listen to Chris Alscher's interview with Luke Major:

And check them out in Podcast #179
posted by John Paolozzi on Dec 05, 2008