A new singer, a brand new album and a rocking live show; Hand of Mercy are about to bring all of this to Adelaide. The Sydney hard-core band will play an all ages gig at Fowler’s Live next month and prove they are better than ever with their new line up. Dawson Michaels, bassist from the five-piece band said the band is looking forward to playing in our fair state on November 15.
“We’re stoked to be playing our favourite venue in the country, Fowler’s Live. We love that place! It’s all ages and we’re bringing our friends Hellions and Void of Vision,” he said.
With Scott Bird leaving the group earlier this year, the group were concerned fans may turn away from their music. The original singer was replaced by Nick Bellringer who is singing on the new album “Resolve” set for release October 31.
However Michaels said the response has been great and they’re feeling good about the next phase of their career. “It’s been incredible,” he said. “It’s been such a long time between records and we have a new singer in the mix so it would be really easy for fans to turn on us but the response has been far better than we could have expected.”
Bird had originally recorded the vocals on “Resolve” but with the inkling he may be about to leave the band, they held off releasing the album until now.
“We could have easily released the album at the start of the year with Scott singing but we wanted to release it with the singer who’d be touring with us,” Michaels said. “It was like painting a picture; while we had a lot of colours before, now we have so many more colours to add to the songs. It was good to have the luxury of adding more dynamics to the mix.”
With the addition of Bellringer and their upcoming album, Hand of Mercy are keen to get their new stuff out, particularly at the all ages gigs.
“The reason we like doing all ages shows is that we all went to all ages gigs when we were kids. It’s what got us stoked about music and got us wanting to play music,” Michaels said. “If we can play those shows and turn kids on to hard core music and make them want to play an instrument, we’d want to pass that on to as many people as we can.”
After this tour, Hand of Mercy will be playing Unify Festival before jetting overseas for more touring so check them out while they’re in Adelaide.
Interviewed by Libby Parker
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