There are multiple known artists by the name; "Merit" 1. Syracuse, NY 2002 - Present Merit has been making music for five years. An uncompromised sound, combining indie, modern, and pop rock. Village Voice compares it to Concrete Blonde, if Concrete Blonde had grown up listening to the Yeah, yeah, yeahs. It's a brave amalgamation that has captured the ears and hearts of scene kids and hard rockers alike. Just check the numbers.