Knoxville-based band The Black Lillies is gearing up for the upcoming release of Hard To Please, their fourth studio album and a continuation of the rootsy, soulful Americana sound they’ve been developing for years now. Collaborating with an outside producer for the first time—Ryan Hewitt, who has worked with The Avett Brothers, Johnny Cash, The Red Hot Chili Peppers—and recording at the historic House of Blues Studio D in Nashville, Hard To Please represents a fresh take on recording for the Lillies. The latest track revealed from the forthcoming work is “Mercy,” a song the band says embodies the better things they do as a group.
“I think I’d pulled an all nighter—been up for a day and a half—woke up in the middle of the night and grabbed the guitar,” says frontman and songwriter Cruz Contreras of the writing process for the song. “I cant say I was thinking about anything but it just kinda came out… It’s the song that really was the biggest motivator for us to record this album.”
Stream “Mercy” in the player above. Hard To Please is set for release on Oct. 2 via Attack Monkey/Thirty Tigers.