MP3 | Franz Nicolay – Have Mercy

Photo credit: Miles Kerr

Last January, we reported that Franz Nicolay, one of the founding members of Brooklyn’s The Hold Steady, had left the band. So, perhaps a lyric from the brand new track, “Have Mercy” is very fitting: “It’s who you leave behind, it’s not who you save / That you’ll be judged by.”

Yet, there is no looking back. Nicolay, an insanely talented multi-instrumentalist and composer, is set to release Luck and Courage on October 12th, and the effort is inspired by an eclectic group of influences: Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night, Lyle Lovett’s I Love Everybody, Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic society… Yeah, we said eclectic.

Today, we present to you “Have Mercy,” an operatic, punked-out orchestration of epic proportions. 

Franz Nicolay – Have Mercy

Luck and Courage is out October 12th on Team Science Records and Sabot Productions.

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