Joe Arellano

D.I.Y bands are community oriented. Bands like Mercy
Ties exemplify how a small group of friends can run a
band and include others into the D.I.Y world. Mercy Ties practices at the Black Lodge, located in Seattle, and the venue hosts already touring bands, helps bands kick start a tour, homecomings for local bands, and vinyl releases. The condition is that bands that play here most not promote homophobia, racism, sexism, etc.