MERCY MUSIC • Nothing In The Dark • LP
For Mercy Music’s third full-length album, Nothing in the Dark, the band (Brendan Scholz, bassist Jarred Cooper, and drummer Rye Martin) found an understanding ear with Alkaline Trio/Motörhead producer Cameron Webb and were finally able to make an album that focuses the band’s many strengths down to a smoldering point.
“There’s literally no bullshit in there. We were (in the studio) for five days, and we got everything done,” Scholz says. “It’s probably the record we’re most proud of, ‘cause it’s done the way we wanted to do it, and it’s the most cohesive sound-wise.”
In addition to enlisting a producer who has plenty of experience honing the sound of both poppy and pummeling power trios, Scholz said the album also finds cohesion in subject matter. “2019 was a rocky year, and the record sums it up,” he says. All 10 songs address personal matters Scholz simply refers to as “adulthood.”
Since forming in 2014, Mercy Music has toured Europe, appeared at top U.S. festivals such as South By Southwest, Punk Rock Bowling, and Life is Beautiful, and shared the stage with legendary acts such as Face to Face, Flogging Molly, Against Me!, The Offspring, and Bob Mould. Bu,t with the release of Nothing in the Dark, Mercy Music are sure to find new standing in the world of, well, whatever music genre you want to call it. Just call it Mercy Music.