Formed of members of The Gaslight Anthem, The Scandals and Let Me Run, Mercy Union are ready to take over the UK.
New Jersey punk outfit Mercy Union will be crossing the Atlantic to play a run of shows in the UK in May. The band released their debut record The Quarry late last year.
The four friends from New Jersey decided to come together over the past year in a basement. Over their countless meetings in the shadow of Manhattan in Jersey City, the four members of Mercy Union – Jared Hart (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Rocky Catanese (lead guitar), Nick Jorgensen (bass) and Benny Horowitz (drums) – pushed their creative limits through endless riffs and backbeats, and in the process, the band was born.
While navigating topics as heavy as the air in that tight basement, these musicians blended their individual styles into a unique and wistful sound that moves one’s soul. From the driving & sweeping centerpieces, Young Dionysians and Silver Dollars, to the dreamy, romantic twang of Layovers, The Quarry is influenced both by the timeless music of the band’s home state as it is the classic tradition of punk, soul and Americana music.
Hart had the following to share about the album and what it represents to him: “The Quarry embodies the human thought process. It represents the ability to look at your life and memories from the outside, and hopefully gain some perspective. These songs explore elements of worry, gratitude, loss, and self-worth. It’s a record I’ve been hesitant to approach until the right pieces fell into place.”
With an infinite number of miles under their collective belts, thanks in part to their previous projects which include The Gaslight Anthem, The Scandals, and Let Me Run, Mercy Union sought to road-test The Quarry immediately. In the months that followed the recording of the album, the band supported acts such as California’s Racquet Club (feat. members of Samiam, The Jealous Sound), John Nolan of Taking Back Sunday, The Menzingers and Dave Hause on various tours and one-off gigs.
See Mercy Union live in the UK:
22 May – London, 229 The Venue
23 May – Leeds, Temple Of Boom
24 May – Glasgow, Classic Grand
25 May – Birmingham, The Castle & Falcon