Have Mercy (MD)
The Earth Pushed Back


4.0
excellent

Review

by MusicX USER (4 Reviews)
May 24th, 2013 | 63 replies | 12,264 views


Release Date: 05/21/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Totally Rad. Album of the Year.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Have Mercy released the EP, My Oldest Friend, within the early spring of 2012, the Baltimore quartet recently has gone on several DIY tours, in which have followed to the release of their 2013 debut album, The Earth Pushed Back. The Earth Pushed Back illustrates that the Baltimore quartet has more to offer than simply poignant lyrics and catchy melodies. This year, Have Mercy is willingly to bring forth new, innovative, and bright ideas to the table of alternative and emotional hardcore. As well as they are willingly to adopt and integrate past ideas with fresh ideas.

The album opens with Level Head, a fast and upbeat track replete of hammering drums, clean guitar riffs, and harmonious vocals. The production of the album by the way is absolutely incredible; this track Level Head, in particular is audibly clear and crisp. One can definitely hear the thickness of the bass and the hissing of the bright cymbals within the background. Thank you to the head of the production of this album, J.Robbins (Producer of Braid, Fairweather, Hostage Calm). Also, one might suggest that the voice of the front man of this band, Brian Swindle, is almost impossible to mimic. His voice is practically reminiscent of the unique sounds of bands like Seahaven, Makeout Party, and possibly even Brand New. Ironically enough, his voice can be extremely raw and punkish, in which in fact gives some variety to the album.

On the track This Old Ark, the band really twists with their instrumentations and dynamics. From the subtle chord progressions to the swaying hi-hat grooves, the band displays flawless effort throughout the track. This track along with Let’s Talk About Your Hair are the essential motifs of the album in its entirety. Within the last fifty seconds of This Old Ark, the track raises another bar of emotion with the beautifully impeccable lines that read, I never knew how much I’d miss it till it’s gone, I still listen to your favorite song… Lyrically the album is fantastic, Brian gives vivid description of his memories of a girl whom he loved dearly; furthermore, he entails the lyrics with a sense of nostalgia and longing. The lyrical theme of the album deals with the loss of a love one and its everlasting repercussions on the human soul.

Let’s Talk About Your Hair is easily one of the strongest tracks on this album, where the guitars are soaring and the drums are heavily played, one can hear the pounding of the tom-tom paradiddles in the midst of the twinkly ambiance. The vocals are emotionally staggering; Brian channels so much energy and velocity in a short amount of time. His voice is a strong tide that literally moves from pitch to pitch, while all the rest of the instruments proceed to ascend faster and faster at unbelievable speeds. As the track concludes as Brian reiterates the memorable chorus, the production of the instruments becomes louder and the atmosphere becomes almost rainless, however, everything gradually becomes softer and softer towards the very end. Just beautiful.

Lastly, the final track of the album, When I Sleep, is a spectacular closure; it has the acoustic and visceral elements of all the previous tracks. The tone of this track is somewhat dark yet hopeful too. The electric guitars noodle silently along with the heartsick lyrics. Vocally this song hits home, Brian moves between gorgeously quiet and loud vocals; while at the same time he exhibits incredible sentiment. In terms of the track lyrically, the track is a cathartic experience. From the sudden vocal transitions to the impressively euphonic tunes, this track opens and closes with delightfully musical composition. The Earth ultimately shook and pushed back at the moment Brian shouted, "Why were you not next to me!"

Of course, there are more tracks that are fantastic; but these tracks have stood out the most. For an alternative indie emo outfit that is relatively new to the scene, they really know how to keep the listener engaged. This album is still worth every second to listen. Please do not miss out; they have much to offer.

Recommended Tracks: Level Head, Let's Talk About Your Hair, This Old Ark, When I Sleep, Weak At The Knees


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MusicX
May 23rd 2013



19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Have I gotten better?

MusicX
May 23rd 2013



19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've worked my ass off so I don't disappoint you guys. Not long. I didn't review every song. Only the tracks that stood out the most on the album.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 24th 2013



6937 Comments


Not a bad read, but i'll throw a couple of pointers your way : ]

Who Released the EP, My Oldest Friend...

Since then, the Baltimore band ...

And that 2nd paragraph needs to stop being such a wall.

MusicX
May 24th 2013



19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes I added a paragraph because When I Sleep is a great track also.

grandpappyemo
May 24th 2013



1 Comments


Confused by the adjective "mediocre" in the final paragraph. From the review, the band didn't sound mediocre at all...

titlefightmeirl
May 25th 2013



659 Comments


Hell might be my favorite song. Album rules

MusicX
May 29th 2013



19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can someone please reply to my review

ShitsofRain
June 1st 2013



5594 Comments


this is a really enjoyable album

Digging: Ben Sims - Fabric 73

henryChinaski
June 7th 2013



2685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These guys fuckin rule. Nice review.

F0RBES
June 12th 2013



246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album is so fucking good

JackSparrow
July 1st 2013



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Surprised this doesn't have much attention, really good album

titlefightmeirl
July 1st 2013



659 Comments


this needs more attention

Spluger
July 2nd 2013



1119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Easily my AOTY so far.

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Libertarian
July 6th 2013



84 Comments


Yep, one of the best albums I've heard in 2013.

RFO13
July 25th 2013



69 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album. Am i the only one who hears a strong Manchester Orchestra influence?

Digging: Chet Faker - Built on Glass

pepster50
July 30th 2013



327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I couldn't find this page I kept on getting routed to some band from the 90's. Ughh. This album rocks !

RadicalEd
September 10th 2013



2554 Comments


This is an alright review to a pretty great album.

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PunchforPunch
September 10th 2013



5892 Comments


Can someone please reply to my review


good job

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 29th 2013



49791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How did I not know about this

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ShitsofRain
September 29th 2013



5594 Comments


yes !



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