This week MxPx, along with Zebrahead and Bad Cop/Bad Cop, collaborated to shine a spotlight on the emerging opening band on the bill, Mercy Music. Today, the artists released a music video for “Nothing in the Dark,” a song written and originally performed by Mercy Music.
In the video, the song is performed acoustically by MxPx’s Mike Herrera, Zebrahead’s Adrian Estrella and Ali Tabatabaee, and Bad Cop/Bad Cop’s Stacey Dee.
In the current climate of live music and shows, the MxPx camp found that opening acts tend to get less than their fair share of attention. As champions of the independent, punk lifestyle, MxPx sought to change how headliners support their openers, recruiting Zebrahead and Bad Cop/Bad Cop to perform a rendition of an original song written by Mercy Me. In this collaboration, Mike Herrera states:
“With how competitive this industry can be, we realize we’re lucky to be doing this after all this time, on our schedule, on our terms, and that most don’t get to that point. I don’t think an opening slot helps a younger band the way they used to. The world is changing and how we learn about music and consume music is changing so fast. So we convinced our friends to try something new with us to help a younger band. This one’s written by the opener of the shows we’re all playing together, we didn’t even tell them we were doing it!!! Stacey, Ali, and Adrian were stoked to get involved, and honestly to them I say, thank you for trying one of our crazy ideas!!! To you guys, I say thank you for listening, and go listen to Mercy Music!!!” – Mike Herrera
MxPx, Zebrahead, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, and Mercy Music are set to play a sold-out show at House of Blues Anaheim this Friday, April 1, 2022, followed by The Marquee Theatre in Phoenix on April 2, 2022.