The Birthday Tour featuring John Nolan (Taking Back Sunday, Straylight Run) and his Band will kick off in Charlotte, NC on Friday, February 23, the day before John’s birthday, and travel up the east coast for a week+ of shows ending in Harrisburg, PA on March 4. The shows will be a traveling birthday celebration, with streamers, balloons and party favors every night. There will be an acoustic portion of the set, but for the majority of it he’ll be joined by a full band. They’ll be performing songs from his two solo albums and Straylight Run’s two albums and EPs.
Mercy Union began in the place where many New Jersey bands have hunkered down for years; a basement.
Over the last year these four found themselves cultivating a sound in that subterranean environment and soon brought those songs down to Asbury Park. They recorded their currently unreleased full length with The Bouncing Souls’ own Pete Steinkopf in the only appropriate place to do so; another basement.
But now the time has come to leave the dark and damp dwellings as they put these songs to the test on the road. With members stemming from long standing Jersey outfits such as The Gaslight Anthem, The Scandals and Let Me Run, the crew is no stranger to highways and interstates that will be under their van’s tires in 2018.