Formed in 1980 in Leeds, United Kingdom (UK). After achieving early underground fame there, the band had their commercial breakthrough in the mid-1980s and sustained it until the early 1990s, when they stopped releasing new recorded output in protest against their record company Time Warner. Currently, the band is a touring outfit only.
Since 1985, and the departure of the other original members, the Sisters of Mercy has become uniquely Andrew Eldritch’s artistic vehicle. Former members of the group established the bands Ghost Dance and the Mission.
The Sisters of Mercy are one of the most popular and influential bands among the gothic rock scene, although since the late 1980s Eldritch has tried to disassociate both himself and the band from that scene.