Born in Moscow, raised in Tel Aviv and currently based in Berlin, Mary Ocher has become over the last five years a rather prominent character in the European queer music world thanks to her quirky voice, unsettling lyrics and slightly out-of-this-world live performances.
After the release of her war-themed concept album and a 7″ on Haute Areal in 2011, Ocher started work on Eden, produced by Canadian rock & roll guru, King Khan (producer of the Black Lips, among other acts). The album was released mid-June 2013 on Buback and Haute Areal, parallel to her work with her new-tribalism band Your Government. From folkie siren rebel to futuristic torch diva, Mary Ocher recently played a series of sold-out national theatre shows with best-selling German author Sibylle Berg for her novel Vielen Dank für das Leben.
2014 saw Mary go on a 50 date tour of the US and Canada in March and April. She was then invited back to LA by Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O to perform for the Genesis charity event at the Ace Hotel alongside Ariel Pink, Soko and rising stars of the Californian underground. During the Summer of 2014, Mary also crowd-funded and finished the recording of the debut album of her double drummer Your Government project which was released the following autumn.
Mary Ocher‘s next album The West Against The People is out in Spring 2017 on Klangbad. It was produced with Hans Joachim Irmler of Faust, and features solo tracks, Mary’s two drummers, Your Government, and collaborations with the legendary Die Tödliche Doris and Felix Kubin, and it has been announced in The Wire, FACT Magazine, Hype Machine, and Spex.
In winter 2017, The Endlessness (Song for Young Xenophobes)‘s video was released as the first album ambassador, an EP of remixes, including one by Peter Kirn, was released on Bandcamp, and the video for Arms premiered on Thump/Vice. The album release and premiere show will finally follow in Spring 2017 at SO36 in collaboration with Ich Bin Ein Berliner.
Mary has directed music videos, documentaries and video art, alongside publishing photography, poetry and social-critique. She has performed at high-profile festivals like SXSW, Steirischer Herbst, Northern Winter Beat or Fusion, and has traveled the globe, playing countless shows over 3 continents.