Have Mercy Announce Spring Tour

Baltimore alternative indie band, Have Mercy, have announced their upcoming spring tour! The tour, which kicks off on March 15th in DC and wraps on March 24th in Cleveland, features support from Naugatuck rockers, A Will Away. PLUS, Have Mercy will be joining The Early November, The Movielife, and Dryjacket for a special one-night performance on March 25th in Philadelphia!

Tickets are available for purchase here and fans can check out the full list of dates below!

3.16 – Washington, DC – DC9
3.18 – Nashville, TN – The End
3.19-20 – Grand Prairie, TX – So What?! Festival
3.21 – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street Collective
3.22 – Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
3.23 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
3.24 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
3.25 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore*

* With The Early November, The Movielife, and Dryjacket

The 9th Annual So What?! Music Festival Announced


If you’re asking yourself, ‘wait – I thought it was called South By So What?!,’ you are correct. The music festival is back for it’s ninth year under the new name So What?! and will be taking place on March 19th and 20th at Quiktrip Park in Grand Prairie, TX. The lineup so far is pretty damn incredible, including acts Underoath, New Found Glory, Bayside, Blessthefall, State Champs, Saosin, and more!

Tickets are $50 for both Saturday and Sunday, but fans can also purchase a 2-day weekend pass for only $75! In addition, there will be three different VIP packages:
VIP Star Package is $150 and includes: 2-day VIP ticket, limited edition festival poster, t-shirt, 3D Laminate, Souvenir 3D ticket, early entry, full access to the pre/after party, and meet and greet!
VIP Rockstar Package is $250 and includes: 2-day VIP ticket, main stage VIP viewing area with private bathrooms, limited edition festival poster, t-shirt, 3D Laminate, Souvenir 3D ticket, early entry, vip area access, full access to the pre/after party, and So What?! Festival water bottle
VIP Superstar Package is $350 and includes: 2-day VIP ticket, main stage VIP viewing area with private bathrooms, limited edition festival poster, t-shirt, 3D Laminate, Souvenir 3D ticket, early entry, vip area access, full access to the pre/after party, So What?! Festival water bottle, parking in front lot just steps from entry gate and exclusive parking pass air freshener!

Below you can find the full list of artists that have been announced so far and which date they will be performing at!

Saturday, March 19th:
New Found Glory, Bayside, Neck Deep, State Champs, Real
Friends, Blessthefall, Escape The Fate, Knuckle Puck, Citizen, This Wild Life,
Emery, Turnover, New Years Day, Have Mercy, Hundredth, 7 Minutes In Heaven, A
Will Away, Bad Luck, Bonfires, Capture The Crown, Currents, Ghost Key, Hotel
Books, Like Pacific, Major League, Mariner, Milk Teeth, Movements, My Only Safe
Haven, Myka Relocate, Outline In Color, Radio City, Seasons Change, Seaway,
SECRETS, Silent Planet, Sorority Noise, Too Close To Touch

Sunday, March 20th:
Underoath, The Devil Wears Prada, Saosin
w/Anthony Green, Beartooth, The Word Alive, Born of Osiris, Zao, The
Contortionist, I See Stars, Stray From The Path, He Is Legend, Emarosa, Being
As An Ocean, ’68, Artifex Pereo, Assuming We Survive, Covet with Yvette Young,
Cruel Hand, Currents, Hazing, Kingdom of Giants, Little Envy, Monuments, Rarity
Stolas, The CMDWN, The Ongoing Concept, The Plot In You, Tides of Man

Interview With:: Have Mercy [Warped Tour Edition]


Interview conducted by
Kara Kokinos.

Sitting down wih the Have Mercy boys is always a blast and
this Warped Tour was no exception! Andrew Johnson and Nick Woolford sat down
with us to discuss tour grind, recording their last album A Place Of Our Own and their recent split with Somos!

LOL: Hiya! So how’s Warped tour shaping up for you guys?
Andrew Johnson: It’s good!
Nick Woolford: It’s hot.
AJ: Some days are really hot, today and yesterday weren’t
that bad temperature wise but it’s good. I’ve been noticing that the crowds are
getting bigger and bigger for us and the sets are getting better and better.

LOL: It definitely seems like Warped Tour is a time to
expand a fanbase. Have you guys been hitting that hard, meeting new people and

AJ: We try. Todd, our drummer, and I try to walk the line
every morning but I’ve noticed that there are certain areas where we’ll start
walking the line and we’ll see Attila shirts and we’re just like, “okay, let’s
just turn around”.

LOL: Has your first run on Warped Tour met your expectations
in terms of the grind?
NW: I mean, it’s hard. It’s definitely the most grueling
thing. I used to play professional baseball and this is worse.
AJ: I was talking to my friends yesterday, they came and
visited and they asked, “what do you do all day?” and I was like, “Well I wake
up at seven, I push snooze on my alarm like fifteen times then I wake up again
and we set up the merch tent, get everything ready. Go to production, find out
our set times, sometimes I get breakfast and sometimes I can’t. Then we walk
the line, come back, we play or we don’t play and just walk. It’s a lot of
walking and not knowing what to do.”
NW: It’s a lot of doing nothing!

LOL: What’s the biggest difference between a giant festival
like this and a smaller, club tour?
NW: There’s a million different things. It’s completely the
opposite of any other club tour that you’re going to do.
AJ: For example, we wake up and we’re here, we’re at the
venue. While on a club tour we’ll stay in that city that we played in or a
little outside of that, wake up at a friend’s house and then start driving and
load’s normally at three or four. Load in here is at 8AM and then load out is
at 8PM. It’s literally polar opposites.

LOL: Warped kind of puts everyone on the same playing field
in terms of artist and fan, have you guys had any jarring experiences with that
or is it kind of the same as you typically operate?
NW: Well no one knows I’m in the band, ever, so people
always ask me to take pictures with me and their mom with Andrew but it’s
LOL: Awww!
NW: Nah, it’s fine.
AJ: I mean, it’s cool. I got really star struck when I met
Jona from I Killed The Prom Queen because I grew up listening to them. I got
hammered at this bar and when we were all coming home I ended up sitting next
to their tour manager and I mentioned the only band I wanted to see was I
Killed The Prom Queen and he was like, “oh, you wanna come meet them?” and I
was on the bus, shaking and I went back to our band and for like forty minutes
I was just telling the story over and over.
NW: Yeah, I did tell him to shut up.
AJ: Yeah, he did.
NW: Everyone was trying to sleep.

LOL: Have you guys made any new or unexpected friends on
this tour or has it been people you already know?
AJ: Well we’re usually pretty easy to get along with.
NW: We also already know a lot of people on the tour.
AJ: I think one of the most unexpected things was that the
bass player from Jule Vera, we were just drinking with him the other day and
found out that he was the only one who was 21.
NW: I think they’re all like fifteen!
AJ: And then we were just talking about gear and stuff, it
was pretty cool.

LOL: You guys have been touring since you put out your album, A Place Of Our Own last year on
Hopeless, how’s that record label switch been?
NW: It’s been great!
AJ: They’re awesome. Toby was there today. We had to ask
them if it was okay if we could sign to Fueled By Ramen… It’s just a joke! But
yeah, they’re awesome.

LOL: The record definitely had a very organic, Hopeless
Records/pop punk feel to it. What was it like having a veteran like Paul
(Leavitt, producer) on your team for that?
AJ: It was awesome!
NW: I mean, I recorded with Paul when I was about twelve but
he is…well he’s weird. He’s a really cool guy, he becomes your best friend.
He’s got a really good ear for what he’s doing and he’s smart and knows how to
write a song. He can be intimidating but he means it in the best way.
AJ: Yeah, the one example I can use for “intimidating in the
best way” is that we were doing pre-production for the last album and there was
this one part that we couldn’t get down and he came storming in and was like “I
THOUGHT I TURNED THE FUCKING STOP BUTTON OFF!”, goes back in and slams the door
and we were just “uhhhhh…”

LOL: I love that you guys are still producing splits with
other artists! What was the process behind your recent one with Somos?
AJ: Uh, they asked us and we said yes haha

LOL: You guys did an acoustic version of one of your tracks
and then a cover? What was the selection process like for that?
AJ: Yeah, ‘Somebody’s Baby’.
NW: Well we all thought of a bunch of different songs and
that was the only one that we all agreed on.
AJ: Yeah, and No Sleep was like, we’re doing an acoustic
version and a cover so maybe if you guys want to do that, that’d be cool. And
then when we heard their tracks, it was two new ones and we were like oh…okay,
here ya go!

LOL: What are your plans after the summer, anything on deck
in terms of touring or new material?
NW: We have two tours for the fall.
AJ: I don’t think we can talk about them yet.*
NW: That just comes out later.
AJ: I can tell you one thing, we are going international
NW: That’ll be our first international tour.
AJ: And then we are doing a fun tour after that in the fall.

Have Mercy recently announced their fall tour with Transit,
Somos, and Microwave before heading to Europe! Check out the full list of tour
dates here and be sure to grab your tickets ASAP!

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Have Mercy Announce Fall Tour

Baltimore rockers, Have Mercy, have announced the details of their upcoming Fall tour! The tour, which kicks off on October 14th in Philly and wraps on November 22nd in Vienna, includes supporting acts Transit, Somos and Microwave. Tickets are available for purchase here!

Below you can find the full list of tour dates!

– Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
– Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
– New York, NY @ Webster Hall (Marlin Room)
– Long Island, NY @ Amityville Music Hall
– Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
– Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar
– Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo
– Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room
10.23 –
Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes
– Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
10.27 –
St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
– Kansas City, MO @ Davey’s Uptown
– Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theater
– Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
– Boise, ID @ The Watercooler
– Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
– Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
– San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
– Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
– Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
– San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues (Sidestage)
– Mesa, AZ @ The Nile
– Dallas, TX @ Sons Of Hermann Hall
– Austin, TX @ Red 7
– Houston, TX @ Walters
– Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
– Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Hell)
– Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
– Margate, FL @ O’Malley’s
– Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
– Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
– Vienna, VA @ Jamin’ Java

No Sleep Records Release Summer Compilation

Summer is just around the corner and No Sleep Record is supplying you with a compilation filled with 23 new and unreleased tracks from artists like In Between, Run Forever, Looming and more! The compilation, titled Summer of the Reaper, is available as a free download and stream on SummerOfTheReaper.com and is also available for purchase at iTunes and can be streamed over on Spotify. 

To fans that are interested in a physical copy, they can pick up the comp at a ‘pay what you want’ price at No Sleep Records’ booth on Warped Tour. Fans can also receive a free copy, while supplies last, with a purchase from their webstore here.

Additionally, No Sleep Records has also teamed up with the Vans Warped Tour for a ticket giveaway (which ends TODAY) over at summerofthereaper.com. Fans can enter to win a pair of tickets to their choice of dates on the tour. Enter now for your chance to win!

Below you can find the full Summer of the Reaper track listing!

Track List:
1. ‘68 – Three Is A Crowd
2. Anakin – Artificial
3. Aviator – High Hopes
4. Daisyhead – Lacking Basis
5. Drug Church – Zero Zero
6. Foreign Tongues – Fools Of Love (Unreleased!)
7. Ghost Key – Judgement (New EP Out June 30th!)
8. Grey Gordon – Learned Helplessness
9. Have Mercy – Two Years (Acoustic)
10. Hundredth – Free Mind / Open Spirit
11. In Between – Flat Against The Face (Unreleased!)
12. Koji – Fury (New EP Out June 16th!)
13. Lee Corey Oswald – Progress
14. Looming – Onward (New Album Out August 14th!)
15. Major League – Kaleidoscopes
16. Moose Blood – Chin Up
17. Run Forever – Big Vacation (New 7” Out July 10th!)
18. Seasons Change – Valentine
19. Somos – Streets Upon Streets
20. Drew Thomson – Saturday Night/Sunday Morning
21. Rocky Votolato – White-Knuckles
22. Waster – Graveyard Shift (New EP Out Sept 4th!)
23. The Wonder Years – Leavenhouse. 1130.

Vans Warped Tour Updated Lineup

Check out the acts that are heading to this summer’s Vans Warped Tour! Full updated list can be found below! New announcement to be released this Wednesday! 

Alive Like Me (6/19-7/12)
Alvarez Kings
As It Is
Asking Alexandria
Baby Baby
Beautiful Bodies
Bebe Rexha
Being As An Ocean
Black Boots
Black Veil Brides
Born Cages
Candy Hearts
Emarosa (6/19-7/12)
Escape The Fate
Family Force 5 (6/19-8/5, 8/8)
Fit For A King
Hands Like Houses
Have Mercy
I Killed The Prom Queen
Icon For Hire
Jule Vera
Juliet Simms
Koo Koo Kanga Roo
Kosha Dillz
Le Castle Vania
Lee Corey Oswald
Major League
Matchbook Romance (6/19-7/11)
MC Lars
Metro Station
Mod Sun
Moose Blood
Motion City Soundtrack (6/19 – 6/21)
Neck Deep
New Beat Fund
New Years Day
Night Argent (6/20-6/28, 8/1-8/8)
Night Riots 
Our Last Night
PUP (7/1-7/29)
Riff Raff (6/19-8/8)
Rotting Out
Set It Off
Sirens and Sailors (7/14-8/8)
Slaves (7/14-8/8)
The Amity Affliction
The Dirty Nil
The Karma Killers
The Kenneths
The Relapse Symphony (6/19-7/12)
The Wonder Years
This Wild Life
Tori Kravitz
Trophy Eyes
While She Sleeps
Youth In Revolt

Have Mercy Announce Spring Headlining Tour

The guys of Have Mercy have announced their first headlining tour! Hitting the road this spring, the tour will kick off on March 12th in Baltimore, MD and wraps a month later on April 12th in Greensboro, NC. Joining the band will be Weatherbox, Head North, and You, Me & Everyone We Know

Below you can find the poster and dates for the tour!

Tour Dates
3.12 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar                                
3.13 – Philadelphia, PA  @ Barbary                                
3.14 – New York, NY @ Studio @ Webster Hall

3.15 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
3.17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
3.18 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
3.19 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes
3.20 – Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room
3.21 – Chicago, IL @ Best Kitchen
3.22 – St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
3.24 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
3.25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Loading Dock
3.27 – Sacramento, CA @ Boardwalk
3.28 – Los Angeles, CA @ White Oak Music Hall
3.29 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
3.30 – Las Vegas, NV @ Eagle Hall
3.31 – San Diego, CA @ Irenic
4.1 – Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Underground
4.3 – Dallas, TX @ Dada
4.4 – San Antonio, TX @ The Koroova Basement
4.5 – Houston, TX @ Walters
4.7 – Atlanta, GA @ Purgatory
4.8 – Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem
4.9 – Sunrise, FL @ Anonymous Guitars
4.10 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
4.11 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Birdhouse
4.12 – Greensboro, NC @ Shiners

Review:: A Place Of Our Own | Have Mercy


Have Mercy’s new album A Place Of Our Own is something for those stormy days when you’re stuck indoors and need something cozy to listen to. The new album provides a certain comfort behind its woeful songs. There is a turbulence of emotions found melded into refined pop-punk tunes and gritty vocals that depict a sad love story.

Hopeless Records must have sensed the hopelessness that Have Mercy brings in their pop-punk, since they scooped up the band for their second album. After catching attention with their first album The Earth Pushed Back, Have Mercy produced their sophomore album with a bit of guidance from record label known for producing pop-punk hits. Have Mercy is staying true to their roots by showing a gloomier outlook on relationships, but A Place Of Our Own shows a more main-stream side with refined guitar melodies, and reengineered vocals. The vocals have taken charge and the guitars are acting as the backdrop.

Have Mercy starts off their new album with a short intro track “To Convey”, setting the tone for the rest of their album.  Most of the songs have a similar song structure starting with slow, soft vocals easing you into a chorus filled gritty, power vocals and guitars. Melancholic punk drives songs like “Two Years” and “Plastic Covered Furniture” harness the anguish that lead singer Brian Swindle naturally provides in his gritty vocals. A personal favorite is “Pete Rose and Babe Ruth” with its catchy chorus and more pop melodies.   “Inch by Inch” is the only track that borderlines between acoustic and alternative playing the softer crooning of Swindle’s vocals.

What makes each song unique is the complexity of the lyrics and message behind each song. “Pawn Takes Rook” is almost like a disheartening last plea to make your love see sense. A favorite line of mine is “I’m the pawn and you’re the rook, and you played me like a crook.” It’s simple but memorable. “The Place You Love” is like a private love letter that you happen to be intruding on as Swindle croons the lyrics.

Have Mercy have found their place on the shelf amongst their fellow pop-punk bands. While many of the songs sound too similar, the complexity of their lyrics and melancholic pop-punk melodies make Have Mercy stand out from their fellow pop-punk bands. It’s truly a good album, but such impactful lyrics needs to draw their audience in with a little more variety.  Again, it’s an album to listen  to when you’re inside on a rainy day and you need a blend of pop-punk and cathartic lyrics.

Release Date: October 27th, 2014
Rating: 2.5/5
Runtime: 33:39
Check Out: Pawn Takes Rook, Pete Rose and Babe Ruth, Spacecrafts

Track Listing:
1. To Convey
2. Two Years
3. Howl
4. The Place You Love
5. Pete Rose and Babe Ruth
6. Spacecrafts
7. Plastic Covered Furniture
8. Pawn Takes Rook
9. Inch By Inch
10. Nails and Teeth in Pavement
11. Lean