A Brief Overview
The Sisters of Mercy are a rock band that came out of the British post punk scene in 1980-1981.
The band cited Leonard Cohen, The Stooges, Suicide and Motörhead as among their influences. The group has made three original studio albums, of which the last was released in 1990.
Currently, the band is kept alive as a touring outfit. The only original member to survive the band's numerous lineup changes is singer and songwriter Andrew Eldritch (even Doktor Avalanche, the drum-machine, is not an original member). All of the other original members had left the group by 1985, the same year as their first studio album, First and Last and Always, was released. At the time of the second Sisters album, the majestic Floodland (1987), The Sisters were essentially a studio-bound outfit, although by the time of Vision Thing (1990) Eldritch had again formed a fully-working band to take the album on the road. This incarnation was short-lived, and the band have toured irregularly with a variety of personnel since.
The band is one of the most popular and influential among the gothic rock scene, although since the late 1980s Eldritch has tried to disassociate both himself and the band from that scene.
In February, March, April and May 2006, The Sisters did a major tour of the USA, Europe and Brazil.
Some more dates took place in summer and autum. The tour was named Sisters Bite The Silver Bullet.
Summers 2007 and 2008 saw a series of festival appearances in Europe.
Under the title of Ocean To Ocean the latest world-wide tour started in Autumn 2008 with 26 concerts in the USA
and continued from February 2009 on as Mechanised Europe with a further 40 gigs all over Europe,
including Russia, the Middle East (Lebanon, Israel) and South America (Argentina, Brazil, Peru) ...
For upcoming tour dates, please go to Current Events.
- Band History
- Members (past and present)
- Heartland - The Sisters Of Mercy discussion forum
- Poison Door - A popular German-language Sisters forum
- Thesistersofmercy.zikforum - The first French-language Sisters forum
- My Dominion NL - The Sisters Of Mercy fan site and Dutch-speaking forum
Other Sisters fan sites
- The Sisters Of Mercy Image Gallery (part of the Heartland forums)
- Glasperlenspiel - Officially endorsed Sisters fanzine
- Sisters Tours - extensive setlists, reviews, overviews and interviews from Sisters concerts
- tsom.org - Assorted Sisters fan pages
- sistersbootlegs - information on all kinds of bootlegs, videos, books, etc.
- The Sisters of Mercy Ultimate Resource Guide
- The Sisters Of Mercy - France: read the latest Sisters News in French
- a lovely comprehensive Sisters site (in Polish language)