Hey Mercedes

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Hey Mercedes
Origin Milwaukee/Illinois, United States
Genres Emo, alternative rock, pop punk,[1] indie rock
Years active 1999–2005, 2007, 2016
Associated acts Braid
Website heymercedes.com
Past members Bob Nanna
Todd Bell
Mark Dawursk
Damon Atkinson
Mike Shumaker

Hey Mercedes is a band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois, United States.


Early years, two albums and break-up (1999–2005)[edit]

The group formed in 1999/2000 after the dissolution of Braid. The band consisted of Bob Nanna on guitar and vocals, Todd Bell on bass and vocals, Mark Dawursk on guitar and vocals and Damon Atkinson on drums. Hey Mercedes proved a more melodic antidote to the previous band.

Hey Mercedes had their first practice session in April 2000.[2] Their first release was a self-titled EP on Polyvinyl Records in September 2000.[3] Soon after its release, they signed to Vagrant Records and started touring for support of their upcoming Vagrant full length. In 2001 alone, they performed 114 shows.[4] In October 2001, the band released Everynight Fire Works.[3] In November and December, the group went on tour with Saves the Day and Thursday.[5]

After writing the majority of the band's EP and first full length at the end of 2001, Dawursk left the band and was replaced with Mike Shumaker. In February and March 2003, the group went on tour with Armor for Sleep.[6] The band released Loses Control in October 2003.[7] In February 2004, the group supported Wheat on their US tour.[8] In March, the group supported The Early November on their headlining US tour.[9] Following this, the group supported Saves the Day until mid-April.[10]

With 2 full lengths, 3 EPs and 358 shows under their belt, Hey Mercedes called it quits. Their final show (#359) was at the Metro in Chicago on April 23 of 2005.[4]

Post-break up (2006–present)[edit]

In a 2007 e-mail campaign, Threadless Tees reported that Hey Mercedes would play at the Metro, to celebrate the grand opening of the company's Chicago store [11] They group performed two shows in September.[12] The band remains inactive, but plays occasional shows.[13]

In early 2009 lead singer Nanna confirmed via Twitter that a new band with drummer Atkinson is in the works. The band will be somewhat the same style as Hey Mercedes.[14]

In 2016, it was announced that the band would perform at the Wrecking Ball festival in Atlanta, Georgia.[15]



EPs and singles[edit]


  1. ^ "Hey Mercedes | Music Videos, News, Photos, Tour Dates, Ringtones, and Lyrics". MTV. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  2. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". heymercedes.com. Archived from the original on 19 February 2003. 
  3. ^ a b "HEY MERCEDES". heymercedes.com. Archived from the original on April 13, 2002. Retrieved June 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b [1] Archived December 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Saves the Day". Saves the Day. Archived from the original on December 4, 2001. Retrieved April 13, 2018. 
  6. ^ Heisel, Scott (January 18, 2003). "Equal Vision signs Armor For Sleep". Punknews.org. Aubin Paul. Retrieved February 20, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Hey Mercedes .:. Loses Control". heymercedes.com. Archived from the original on 24 February 2004. 
  8. ^ Heisel, Scott (January 21, 2004). "Insert pun about Wheat and an early harvest here". Punknews.org. Aubin Paul. Retrieved January 29, 2018. 
  9. ^ Heisel, Scott (February 4, 2004). "The Early November/Hey Mercedes/Spitalfield/Limbeck". Punknews.org. Aubin Paul. Retrieved January 29, 2018. 
  10. ^ White, Adam (February 26, 2004). "The Fire Theft / Saves The Day / Grandaddy on the road". Punknews.org. Aubin Paul. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Threadless t-shirt news: Announcing the Chicago Threadless Store Grand Opening and Grand Opening Party!!". Threadless.com. 2007-09-14. Archived from the original on 2010-05-31. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  12. ^ "Hey Mercedes to reunite for two shows this September". Alternative Press. August 6, 2007. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Hey Mercedes, Noise By Numbers, and The Etiquette | Music | Events | The A.V. Club Chicago". Chicago.decider.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  14. ^ "We'll be back soon!". Thinksphere.org. Archived from the original on February 1, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  15. ^ "Exclusive Wrecking Ball 2016 Lineup: Piebald, Thursday, Quicksand, L7, and More - Noisey". Noisey.vice.com. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  16. ^ "Sound Fiction | News". Soundfiction.no. 2010-01-30. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 

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