If you’re looking for a new artist to check out, BestFan has you covered! Indie rock band Have Mercy just released a new album and you have to listen to it! The album is called A Place of Our Own, and it has a really chilled out and optimistic vibe to it. They’re signed with Hopeless Records, and their single, “Howl” is light, upbeat, and empowering.
The band consists of lead singer and guitar player Brian Swindle, Nick Woolford on bass, drummer Todd Wallace, and Andrew Johnson who plays both guitar and the tambourine. All members also contribute backing vocals. “Howl” reminds me a lot of the steady nature and easy-going energy that Silversun Pickups give off in their song “Lazy Eye.” It’s laid back and refreshing, except Have Mercy’s song is faster paced and makes you want to dance – same feeling though.
The whole album is a unique mix of fast-paced beats and electric instruments paired with an acoustic vocal style. Swindle’s voice would match really well with an acoustic set, but still sounds great as is on the album. Another awesome tune on A Place of Our Own is “Pete Rose and Babe Ruth.” I am absolutely love with the guitar patterns on this one. The riffs during the chorus are so fun sounding. They spice up the song completely. That’s one thing I really like about this band – they take standard sounds that you hear with a lot of indie rock music and put their own spin on it. Unlike “Howl”, this tune is not relaxed at all. It’s got the instrumentation of a hard rock group, the only element of the tone that gives off any indication of soft rock is Swindle’s vocal. As previously mentioned, the unlikely yet oddly well-balanced mix really makes this group stand out.
Then there’s songs like “Inch By Inch” where the band actually does play acoustically, and again Swindle’s voice fits with it perfectly like a puzzle piece. It’s a soft lullaby sounding tune, but it’s not smooth. His vocals are rough and the instrumentation is raw. It’s like listening to an actual acoustic set instead of a recorded studio song. But that is what makes it so important, because the song isn’t supposed to be smooth and clean. It’s a love song, and it’s supposed to make you feel the emotion conveyed; that just wouldn’t work if the song wasn’t as unprocessed as it is.
Overall, I recommend this album, and this band. They’re different, and edgy, and soulful all at once. You can zone out and listen to Have Mercy and get lost in the musical goodness. Go listen to A Place of Our Own and tell us what YOU think!