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Q&A: Have Mercy singer on progression, new album and big hooks

Q&A: Have Mercy singer on progression, new album and big hooks

“The Earth Pushed Back,” the 2013 debut album by the Baltimore emo quartet Have Mercy, captured a young band flirting with pop potential. Their influences were obvious — Jimmy Eat World’s soft-to-loud dynamics, The Early November’s guttural and nearly hoarse vocals and the genre’s does-he-get-the-girl lyrics — but the music needed more originality to stand out.  Something was there, but it needed molding and refinement. “A Place of Our Own,” Have Mercy’s second album and first for Hopeless Records that dropped on Oct. 27, was written with much more attention to songwriting detail, according to singer and Canton resident Brian...

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