Steve Stanley and the Mercs - 06.25.13

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Steve Stanley and the Mercs - 06.25.13The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:

Steve Stanley and the Mercs

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1. How did you get your band name?

I was playing shows as a solo artist and decided to bring on a band to back me up. We couldn't figure out a name so we called the band 'The Mercs' since they were hired guns/mercenaries. But, to be honest, the word 'hired' isn't really appropriate since I've never paid them, haha!

2. How did this band get started?

When I needed to gather the Mercs I asked friends/family to come play with me. Simple as that.

3. What bands are you influenced by?

I come from a punk/emo background, so...No Use For A Name, Lifetime, Rancid, The Get Up Kids, Saves The Day...all of that stuff is what made me into the song writer I am today. But, watching people like Chuck Ragan and Matt Pryor ditch "electric guitar" format and go more acoustic/americana...now that was interesting! So, I tried it for myself, and figured it didn't sound so bad!

4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?

Tony Sly is a huge influence on me, so if we could bring him back, I would love to tour with him solo or with NUFAN. I've opened for Chuck Ragan, but touring with him on the Revival Tour would be awesome. Others would be Dashboard Confessional, Thrice, The Wonder Years, MxPx. Any of those would be great to tour with!

5. Best food to eat on tour?

Grease burgers from the local dive! But, you can never really afford those on tour. Probably just pb&j!

6. Why should people listen to your band?

If people want to listen to something more "grown-up" and "honest" but still in the punk/emo vein, then we're right up your alley! If you like new folk rock then give us a spin! I bet you'd like us!

7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?

I think Eric Liddell is an interesting athlete. I think I would probably switch places with him.

8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?

God, my wife, Andy Gomoll (our producer), family friends, all the usual. And how could I forget Homer Simpson? I'm not even being funny about that! The Simpson's is a unique show that has given me the ability to look critically at myself and laugh while doing it. Thank you Homer!

9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?

That it would cease to be a "heartless machine" and be more of a "warm and welcoming community." Although, I don't see any real way to make this happen on a large scale. Its an industry that seeks to make money like any other. But, this is about my own personal dream, right? Oh, also, every musician would get free hot chocolate in the mornings and hoodie weather year-round!

10. Memorable tour experience?

Walking back stage and seeing a stoner band opening all my equipment (I believe they intended to steal something)...upon being caught they said..."Oh...this isn't ours...." Then walked away. Later on, right before we got on the stage (literally 5 mins prior) the drummer slurred out the words...."I hope I remember to watch your set!"

11. What does AP.net mean to you?

A cool community that shares a like minded and common goal to perpetuate music into a better artistic experience. Seriously, you guys are awesome!

12. What is your favorite song to play?

"Stay With Me" off of our new record "The Unfortunate EP" is always a fun song to play! Really gets the crowd moving.

13. What is your vacation spot of choice?

Can I say "my bed"? Oh..I can't? Ok, well then...this little town called Carbondale in Colorado. I won't even begin to tell you how inspiring it is. You just have to go and see.

14. What music reminds you of your childhood?

The Eagles, Billy Joel, Elton John. I grew up on the "classics" as it were.

15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?

To stop time. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed I just want to take 5 and sit in the corner alone. But, that's just me. Also, I think it would be cool to like see rain suspended in mid-air.

16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?

Besides letting the caged butterflies out into my gut? I used to listen to "More Betterness" by NUFAN before every show, but after buying the CD 5 times, I finally gave up on that.

17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?

I'm a lot more introverted than I appear.

18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?

Radio is what it is...I think sometimes you can hear some really cool stuff like the Foo Fighters, Muse, The Lumineers, Mumford...but mostly I feel like radio (and the executives promoting it) have lost touch with whats going on in the grassroots and most legit artists don't ever make it there. But, I don't think most artists want to be there. We've gone to our separate corners. Online radio seems to have a more open-minded nature and we've experienced a lot of love from those type of stations.

19. What do you like to do in your spare time?

I read (I have a personal library in my house), I paint (badly...), I play Call of Duty, and I play with my daughter. That's about it.

20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?

Talents? Um....
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