The day New Jersey stops producing stellar, Bruce Springsteen-influenced punk bands goes to be a tragic one. Fortunately, there’s a strong probability it by no means comes, and it’s actually not occurring any time quickly.
Featuring members of the Gaslight Anthem, the Scandals, and extra, Mercy Union popped up this 12 months out of Jersey City, N.J., and their sound is each bit as gritty and anthemic as these associations recommend. Their debut LP The Quarry is due Oct. 19, and to sweeten the deal, it was produced by Pete Steinkopf, of fellow Jersey punk greats the Bouncing Souls. After sharing their debut single “Chips and Vics” final month, they’re again with a killer follow-up.
Mercy Union's “Silver Dollars,” premiering completely on Billboard immediately (Sept. 27), builds on Mercy Union’s Tom Petty and Thin Lizzy influences, with singer-guitarist Jared Hart (who additionally fronts the Scandals) injecting its open-road vitality and pick-me-up refrain with some underlying darkness.
"The first line that popped into my head was, 'You've acquired them little silver greenback eyes' -- abruptly this story began spilling out of that line,” Hart tells Billboard. “The lyrics, at first look, can maneuver you thru a love track, however if you dig just a little additional, there are some darkish moments in there that paint the entire image. I had been spending quite a lot of time with Sarah Linden [fictional character from TV collection The Killing] and she or he was all the time taking her work residence along with her. So it was solely a matter of time earlier than it seeped into mine."
Rounding out Mercy Union’s lineup is guitarist Rocky Catanese, bassist Nick Jorgensen, and drummer Benny Horowitz, who’s finest recognized for enjoying in Gaslight Anthem.
You can pre-order the LP and get data on the band's upcoming tour dates right here.
Listen to "Silver Dollars" under, and take a look at the album artwork for The Quarry after the soar.