The Merchants are a four piece bad from the Wirral consisting of Harry Bowness (Lead Singer, Guitar), Ernesto Sandoval (Guitar), Joe Abraham (Bass), and Harry Strachan (Drums). They were first appeared on the Merseyside music scene in late 2019, when they supported The Mysterines along with Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard. They have since made appearances at several festivals and shared a stage with the likes of ZUZU, Natalie M’Cool, The Peach Fuzz and STONE, proving themselves to be worthy contenders in the currently buzzing new music scene.

After securing Local and International radio play with previous releases, The Merchants recently released their latest single ‘CASTRO’.

CASTRO musically is a fun and energetic, high octane track which you can just see going down a storm when performed live. Lyrically it depicts the tale of a person who feels they have been mislead by someone who they once looked up to, someone they once trusted and admired. It tells of feelings of hindsight in how they felt this person lead them astray and inevitably stopped them from being who they truly are and from doing the things that they love in order to conform and somehow please the other person. It highlights the struggles of that realisation and the then trying to get your life back on track again.

Listen to ‘Castro’ here now.

The track was produced and mixed by Tom Anderson at Giant Wafer Studios in Wales and mastered by Mike Cave at Loft Mastering.

Castro’ has already made quite an impact on the scene with airplay from the likes of BBC introducing and from Louder Than War’s, Iain Key.

Previous Accolades

Fantastic band! They get better every time they play” – EVOL, Liverpool Live Music Promoters

“The Merchants give it their all once the stage lights hit them and the crowd cheers their songs back to them, as if they know them word to word.” – This Feeling



Words Sally Newman for The Songbird HQ