The day New Jersey stops producing stellar, Bruce Springsteen-influenced punk bands is going to be a sad one. Fortunately, there’s a solid chance it never comes, and it’s certainly not happening any time soon.
Featuring members of the Gaslight Anthem, the Scandals, and more, Mercy Union popped up this year out of Jersey City, N.J., and their sound is every bit as gritty and anthemic as those associations suggest. Their debut LP The Quarry is due Oct. 19, and to sweeten the deal, it was produced by Pete Steinkopf, of fellow Jersey punk greats the Bouncing Souls. After sharing their debut single “Chips and Vics” last month, they’re back with a killer follow-up.
Mercy Union's “Silver Dollars,” premiering exclusively on Billboard today (Sept. 27), builds on Mercy Union’s Tom Petty and Thin Lizzy influences, with singer-guitarist Jared Hart (who also fronts the Scandals) injecting its open-road energy and pick-me-up chorus with some underlying darkness.