Interview: Hand Of Mercy Talk Touring, Crew Bonding And Their New Frontman
Sydney hardcore band Hand Of Mercy toured Australia throughout November, behind their third studio album, Resolve. Guitarist Adam and bassist Dawson spoke to Music Feeds mid-tour, and gave an update on how their Australian shows have been received, what it’s been like to record and tour with a new frontman, and what’s on the cards for 2015.
Dawson revealed Hand Of Mercy got all the bonding sessions out of the way early on. “We played in Brisbane on a Friday night, and we had this huge night out where everyone kind of got to know each other and bond and watch the sunrise, which a lot of the time doesn’t happen until the end of the tour,” he said.
Having parted ways with former frontman Scott Bird in March, the band recruited Nick Bellringer to take over vocals on Resolve, and for good reason. “I think that would’ve been harder if we had released [Resolve] with Scott and then tried to replace him later,” Dawson said.
“So while it sucked for us to sit on our hands for an extra six months, I think it paid off in the end because having the singer singing it live that’s on the record is better.”
Hand Of Mercy will play the Unify gathering in January, and are planning to tour Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe in 2015.