While formed just five years ago, Seattle’s MERCY TIES is a band that could easily be mistaken for a band that existed in the hardcore scene fifteen-twenty years ago. Sonically, they share more in common with the chaotic hardcore of the 1990’s – CONVERGE, BOTCH, BLOODLET – and traditional screamo – Pg.99, Orchid, Jeromes Dream – than they do with today’s modern hardcore bands.
On their debut full-length, Proper Corruption, Mercy Ties mix the unpredictability of the late 90’s metalcore scene with the intensity of grindcore and emotionality of early screamo. They have built on the foundation they laid with 2013’s A Dim Lit Place EP, continuing to construct noisy metallic hardcore that is like an auditory gut-check. The comparisons to the turn of the century don’t end with the music. Lyrically, vocalist Andre Sanabria tackles topics of a grander scale that are political and socially-charged, including gender inequality and police brutality, the latter of which is captured on the opening track “You Have the Right to Remain Violent.”
Recorded by Scott Evans of Kowloon Walled City at Sharkbite Studios (High On Fire, Exodus) and
mastered by Brad Boatright at Audio Siege (Code Orange, Nails, Xibalba),
Mercy Ties’s debut LP “Proper Corruption” is slated to be out November 6th worldwide in digital and vinyl format via Glory Kid, ltd.