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Tours: Have Mercy

A Will AwayHave Mercy have announced that they will be heading on tour this Fall.  The band continues to support their latest album, Make The Best Of It, which dropped back in April via Hopeless Records.  Singer and Guitarist Brian Swindle expresses his enthusiasm for hitting the road:

“I am so excited to go out on this headline tour. We’ll get to play a lot of songs off of ‘Make The Best Of It’ and a bunch of songs we don’t normally play. Boston Manor, Can’t Swim and A Will Away are some of the best bands out right now and some of our personal favorites. I can’t believe they are coming out with us and that it all worked out. No one will want to miss this tour.”

Full tour listings are available below.

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Video: Have Mercy – Baby Grand

A Will AwayHave Mercy have announced a new song.  The track is titled “Baby Grand” and appears on their upcoming album, Make The Best Of It, which is due out April 21, 2017 via Hopeless Records.

Listen to the song below.

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Video: Have Mercy – Good Christian Man

A Will AwayHave Mercy have announced a new music video and song.  The track is titled “Good Christian Man” and appears on their upcoming album, Make The Best Of It, which is due out April 21, 2017 via Hopeless Records.  Singer and guitarist Brian Swindle comments:

“I grew up in a Catholic family. I’ve always believed faith is a beautiful thing but never thought religion was for me. This is mainly about me not being able to openly talk about these things with my family. Also, over analyzing things and habits that under the assumption that if I do them then something bad will happen. The good old Catholic way.”

Watch the song below.

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Tours: Broadside / Real Friends / Have Mercy / Tiny Moving Parts

BroadsideBroadside has announced that they will be heading on tour alongside Real Friends, Have Mercy, Tiny Moving Parts and Nothing, Nowhere.  Broadside is currently recording a follow-up to their debut release, Old Bones, with Los Angeles Producer Kyle Black.

Full tour dates are below.

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Tours: A Will Away / Have Mercy

A Will AwayA Will Away has announced that they will be touring with Have Mercy this spring.  The band is in the process of and record their highly anticipated first LP.  Videos of them in the studio can be seen here.

Tour dates are below.

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Tours: Have Mercy / Transit / Somos / Microwave

Have MercyHave Mercy has announced that they will be hitting the road with Transit, Somos, and Microwave this fall. Presale tickets are now available and include a 7″ of the band’s upcoming new single “Collider.” The band continues to support their latest album, A Place of Our Own, available now via Hopeless Records.

Tour dates are below.

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Video: Have Mercy – Two Years

Have MercyBaltimore, Maryland band Have Mercy has premiered a new music video.  The video features the track is titled “Two Years” which appears on the band’s latest album A Place Of Our Own, available now and released Fall 2014 via Hopeless Records.

Watch the music video below.

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Video: Have Mercy – The Place You Love

Have MercyBaltimore, Maryland band Have Mercy has premiered a new music video.  The video features the track is titled “The Place You Love” which appears on the band’s latest album A Place Of Our Own, available now and released Fall 2014 via Hopeless Records.

Watch the music video below.

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Have Mercy and Somos Announce Split, Tours

Have Mercy Somos SplitBaltimore alt-rock outfit Have Mercy and Boston’s Somos have announced a new split, released yesterday via No Sleep Records. The record features 2 tracks from each band, Have Mercy offering  Two Years and a cover of Jackson Browne’s Somebody’s Baby while Somos’ contribution is Streets Upon Streets and an acoustic version of  Domestic. 

The split is streaming in full over at Brooklyn Vegan, and both bands are hitting the road in the spring, check out the full list of dates below.

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Somos Announce Split With Have Mercy

Somos have MercySomos has announced that they will be releasing a new four-track split with Have Mercy.  The split will drop February 24, 2015 on No Sleep RecordsHave Mercy has premiered their first song from the joint effort, a cover of Jackson Browne’s “Somebody’s Baby.” 

Listen to the song here.  Pre-orders are now available

Have Mercy – Two Years

Have MercyBaltimore, Maryland band Have Mercy has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Two Years” and will appear on the band’s upcoming album A Place Of Our Own which will drop on October 27, 2014 via Hopeless Records.

Listen to the song here.

Have Mercy Re-Release Debut EP

Have Mercy - My Oldest FriendSoft Speak Records have revealed plans to release Have Mercy‘s 2012’s debut EP, My Old Friend, for the first time in physical form.

Originally self-released by the band digitally, Soft Speak Records will be pressing the album to vinyl for the first time. The EP will be limited to 500 copies: 100 Black, 150 Cyan Blue, and 250 Ultra Clear w/ Aqua Blue Haze. Record art was done by Beau Brynes and is on 12″ vinyl with a chemically etched b-side. <[>The album, which will include a bonus track entitled Seventeen,  is scheduled for release on August 5th but can be pre-ordered now.

The Baltimore band recently signed to Hopeless Records having previously released The Earth Pushed Back on Topshelf Records. They are currently touring alongside Pentimento and Gates.

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Tours: Pentimeno / Have Mercy / Gates

PentimentoBuffalo, NY-based punk quartet Pentimento and Baltimore, MD-based indie rock act Have Mercy have announced that they will beheading on tour together this summer with support from Gates.  The tour is being sponsored by Zero Platoon.  Pentimento continues to support most recent release, the Inside The Sea EP, available now via Paper + Plastick Records.

Tour dates are available below.

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Have Mercy - The Earth Pushed Back

Have Mercy

The Earth Pushed Back

Topshelf Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

The surprising part thing about tuning in to Have Mercy is just how pleasant of a listen the Baltimore, MD emo/indie act makes for.  Their debut full length, The Earth Pushed Back, draws from a style of anguishing emotion, but channels the angst to a place of great harmonies.  This distances them from contemporaries like The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die and Citizen if only for the calmer emotions Have Mercy bring to the fore.

The Earth Pushed Back balances gut busting vocal highs that outweigh a mellower instrumental ambience.  Balance becomes key as reserved twinkles take on grainy outbursts in tracks like “Let’s Talk About Your Hair.”  The instrumental mood is that of a defeatist, with vocalist Swindle’s outbursts lashing out in defiance of truths yet to find acceptance.  Opener “Level Head” offers an initial survey with some early-contented vocals seesawing back and forth between fits of unhappiness and emotional unrest.  Swindle’s clean vocals (most melodic in the wispy “Living Dead”) could easily land him followers in the contemporary indie scene, while his unsteady nature (most vulnerable in “This Old Ark”) should satisfy those drawn to all things emo.  Meanwhile, showpiece “Weak In The Knees” admirably combines all of the above.

The overall approach is somewhat one sided though.  The songs typically move from mellow to emotional – the music responsible for the former, and a few good yelps building up the latter (“The Gates” being a vocal high point when the music outright stops to emphasize a crushing a few key lines).  Their success begs the question of whether the inverse would be worth exploring.  With their creativity, the prospect of hearing the music hitting the emotion high alongside an emotionally restrained Swindle stands to add yet another unpredictable layer to their sonic tapestry.

Overall, The Earth Pushed Back boasts a myriad of indie and emotional sounds based on the imperfection of life.  Likewise, the struggles within offer engaging discussion points without degrading into the trap of self-pity of many of their peers.  Aside from splitting a few hairs and pointing out my own personal wish list, Have Mercy has made a strong argument for its future. 

Topshelf Records – Let’s Talk About Your Hair

TopshelfHave Mercy has debuted a new song.  The track is titled “Let’s Talk About Your Hair” and comes from the band’s upcoming album The Earth Pushed Back, due out May 23, 2013 via Topshelf Records.

Listen to the song below.

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Tours: Have Mercy / Dads

Have MercyAfter completing their tour with Koji, New Jersey’s Dads will be hitting the road with Baltimore, MD’s alt-rockers Have Mercy for a late winter tour. The trek kicks off December 5th in Alexandria, VA and runs through Pittsburgh on December 21.

Most recently seen on the road with The Jealous Sound, Have Mercy just completed recording their debut full-length with producer J. Robbins, which is scheduled for release in early 2013 via Topshelf Records.

Dads are supporting their recent LP ‘American Radass (This is important)‘ which was released last summer via Flannel Gurl Records.

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