New Jersey rock quartet Mercy Union is a super group of sorts; they formed with members of notable acts such as The Gaslight Anthem and The Scandals. And much like the work they’ve released with previous bands, the group’s debut album, The Quarry, has a sound that fits perfectly with the stylings of the east coast state they call home.
From the opening track, “Young Dionysians,” there is a Springsteen likeness to lead singer Jared Hart’s anthemic cries. While the album opener is a fast-paced toe-tapper, others, like “Baggy” and “Layovers,” take a slower route.
Regardless of the song’s energy level, all the tracks on The Quarry, are laced with just a hint of nostalgia, borrowing tricks of the trade from previous rock legends without completely copying them.
The Quarry is a timely release, as Mercy Union’s warm melodies make the perfect comfort music for a cool October day. In particular, the song “A Lot From Me” has sonic tones that are best consumed around a bonfire with a cup of hot cider and some close friends.
Alongside warm guitars and vocal harmonies, Mercy Union hooks listeners in with their catchy lyrics. The vocal patterns and rhyming structures on songs like “Twenty Seven” transform the tunes from simple rock ballads to bonafide ear worms that make fans want to hit the replay button over and over again.
One might not expect a band that started as a side project amongst friends to sound as polished and put-together as Mercy Union. But then again, given that they are a band of rock ‘n’ roll veterans of the New Jersey scene, it makes sense that The Quarry is a such an excellent rock album. This isn’t their first rodeo.