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Traveling Mercies. It’s a term often heard in prayers meaning “Lord, please give us safe travels.” Life takes us on many travels–physically, emotionally, and spiritually–and music may just carry us through those travels safely by being our inspiration. That’s what Traveling Mercies, and their music, strives to be.
Childhood friends Luke Weber and Dylan Lara share a unique love for music that has always kept them close. In the summer of 2010, after many years of playing drums and bass respectively, they decided to act on their love for music by forming a band. With the recruitment of Luke’s brother Joel to play guitar and close friend Andrew Bingham to provide lead vocals, Traveling Mercies was born. Immediately as the songwriting process began, each member’s individual influences and tastes in music started to mix together to create a truly special sound. Andrew’s love for alternative Christian acts such as Switchfoot and Anberlin shows predominately through his lyrics, while Luke’s affinity for heavier music in the vein of early Thrice has translated over to his drumming style. What most effectively categorizes the band’s genre is left up for the listener to decide, as the eclectic range of influences and personal approach to music that each member possesses have culminated into a Traveling Mercies’ style that is all its own.
In May of 2011, Traveling Mercies independently released their debut album, Nightmares EP, after recording with good friend Josh Lovelace, current touring keyboardist for the band Needtobreathe.