The single is taken from MERCH’s mammoth new LP Amour Bohemian featuring contributions from over 65 different artists including members of The Growlers, The Blank Tapes and the 30-piece orchestra Prague FILMharmonic.
After moving to San Francisco to become a staff writer for underground music magazine Independent Musician and inspired by interviews he conducted with the likes of Spoon and Guided By Voices, Joe Medina found a bunch of musicians on Craigslist and formed MERCH.
An ever-changing cast of members led to MERCH becoming a vehicle for Medina’s genius mix of styles and unconventional arrangements. With an album under his belt that showcased a plethora of Bay Area talent, Medina is set to release his sophomore album Amour Bohemian, a sprawling body of work covering an impressive emotional and musical range.
Midway through the record “According To The Doctors” erupts into a fanfare of brass pageantry that sits somewhere between The Partridge Family opening sequence and prime-time games show of the 1960s. This blend of old-school psych and garage rock nods the likes of Ty Segall, Charlie Moon & The Moonhearts and Oh Sees but has an overarching quality indebted to more melodic enterprises such as Alex Chilton’s work with Big Star and even Todd Rundgren in places.