== History ==
The band formed in 2005 after Moore met Callinan and Sudek at a [[The Morning After Girls|Morning After Girls]] show.ref Callinan and Sudek lived in the same area and were childhood friends.ref Bassist Ash Moss joined the band soon after.ref The band played their first show in April 2005, three days after their first rehearsal.ref
2006 saw the band tour Australia with [[The Strokes]], record two tracks with [[Dave Sitek]] from [[TV on the Radio]], and after an intense bidding war, eventually sign with [[Capitol Records]] in the US. However, the deal would be short-lived, and 2007 saw the band part ways with Capitol after its merger with Virgin. The band toured with the [[Pixies]], , [[Cut Copy]], [[Wolf & Cub]] and [[the Horrors]], and played at the Sydney and Gold Coast legs of the [[V Festival (Australia)|]]. The band's first release, the Kept Low EP, was recorded and released August 2007 on Levity in Australia.
On their self-titled debut album, released in Australia independently in August 2008, they collaborated with producer [[Tony Cohen]] and mixed the album in Melbourne with Tony Espie.ref
Mercy Arms have been on hiatus since February 2009 after touring with the Big Day Out nationally. This is mainly credited to Callinan and Moore's creative differences. Other groups and projects involving Mercy Arms members include FLRL (Fashion Launches Rocket Launches), started by Kirin J. Callinan & Julian Sudek with Jono Ma of [[Lost Valentinos]] & Daniel Stricker of [[Midnight Juggernauts]], Kirin performing solo as [[Kirin J. Callinan]] and playing guitar in [[Jack Ladder]]'s band, Julian Sudek playing electronics in Danimals, Ash Moss playing bass in [[Faker (band)|]] and Thom has a new band, Canvas Kites.