Have Mercy (Indie)
Numb


3.5
great

Review

by jesper STAFF
December 10th, 2023 | 25 replies


Release Date: 12/08/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: eternal underdogs return (and secure their status)

In spite of their (many) missteps, it's hard not to root for Have Mercy. Sure, they have the mildest of semi-classics under their belt in the form of The Earth Pushed Back, but does anyone truly remember that album, or do we all just remember the way it (and albums like it) slotted into our sad, sad lives in 2013? And uh, can anyone recall what came after that record? A few middling albums boasting some quality singles, one pretty terrible album, and… they split up, maybe? They got back together, maybe?

It's almost as if Have Mercy's timeline ended somewhere around (or before) the release of 2019's The Love Life for most fans of overly emotional pop punk. A sentiment of “the band burned out, too bad, let's move on” prevailed. Thing is - Have Mercy tried moving on too, and came to the conclusion that they were better off making music together. 2022 yielded a decent EP at least a handful of people heard, and now, released in mid-December to ensure they'll remain underdogs for the coming years, NUMB marks the band's first full length in four years… and their best in a decade.

Sure, NUMB benefits from the goodwill Have Mercy have built up in my eyes as it hardly comprises something groundbreaking, but it is a solid batch of songs by a band that didn't seem capable of putting together a consistent album anymore. Brian Swindle delivers his best recorded vocals to date and rightfully assumes the spotlight in every cut, masterfully obscuring some of the more unremarkable instrumental textures with passionate performances. In essence, each song sounds like it could be the Closing Track on any given mid-2010s pop punk album, but the band somehow pull it off. They’re embracing emotion in a way that feels authentic and authentically flawed. Swindle croons, whispers and yells his way through memorable hooks - the songwriting is dynamic enough and manages to keep the record more than afloat during its thirty-seven minutes. Above all, however, NUMB captures a wonderfully wistful atmosphere. Have Mercy are a band worth rooting for, and this new record makes me feel a lot more confident in saying that.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
JesperL
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2023


5439 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they're so silly for releasing this in december smh

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2023


60230 Comments


have mercy

Hendoi
December 10th 2023


740 Comments


Don't know how this band has managed to stay on their label and produce 3 boring albums.

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2023


5439 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Don't know how this band has managed to stay on their label and produce 3 boring albums."

rly affirming my theory that discourse about this band mostly died in 2019 huh lmao

Snake.
December 11th 2023


25242 Comments


this band fell off so hard for me hopefully this piques my interest

Lonelychair
December 11th 2023


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didn’t like this.



Now I do.

henryChinaski
December 11th 2023


5005 Comments


Damn, I need to check this out!

Lender
December 11th 2023


218 Comments


Will check this out tomorrow. Their last was bummer so I have high hopes for this one.

Scoot
December 11th 2023


22183 Comments


the earth pushed back was a banger back in the day

Hendoi
December 12th 2023


740 Comments


"Don't know how this band has managed to stay on their label and produce 3 boring albums."
stfu this band is everything to me

Hendoi
December 12th 2023


740 Comments


album is a 3 at best imo

OverSlyZed91
December 12th 2023


342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Friday is a fucking banger.

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2023


5439 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hendoi is my new favourite user

Hendoi
December 12th 2023


740 Comments


I've been here for 9 years

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2023


5439 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

new favourite, not favourite new < 3

Hendoi
December 12th 2023


740 Comments


i'm a stupid man

SlothcoreSam
December 13th 2023


6194 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not feeling this one. I enjoyed their EP last year more than this

RadioSuicide
December 14th 2023


2599 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah I finally gave this a proper listen and man is it rough

Trebor.
Emeritus
December 16th 2023


59810 Comments


Band has been meh since the debut but I will check

Nikkolae
December 19th 2023


6593 Comments


Everyone calling this band mid and i absolutely love A place of our own



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