The Mercury Program

2009-01-11 15:12:50 UTC
Formed in the summer of 1997, The Mercury Program started as a three-piece consisting of Dave LeBleu, Sander Travisano, and Tom Reno. After releasing 2 self-recorded 7”s on Boxcar Records, their self-titled full-length was released in 1999, also on Boxcar. In late 1999, The Mercury Program signed to the New York City-based indie startup Tiger Style Records. During this time, they added an additional member, Whitney Travisano, and turned the trio into a more dynamic quartet. The sound of the band changed dramatically with the addition of a fourth member as the vibraphone and Rhodes piano began to play a more significant role in the song writing. In early 2000, the new line-up hit the studio with Andy Baker. The result was their sophomore effort, From the Vapor of Gasoline, which was released by Tiger Style Records later that Spring. The record received a tremendous amount of positive press, including the first national exposure for the band with an 8 out of 10 rating in Spin Magazine. From the Vapor of Gasoline was quickly followed up in 2001 by the All the Suits Began to Fall Off EP, which demonstrated the band’s maturation and comfort as a quartet. Unlike previous releases, this EP doesn’t include any of the usual sparse bits of vocals; instead, All the Suits Began to Fall Off marks the band’s departure into a new all-instrumental direction. In 2002, The Mercury Program released their most critically acclaimed record to date, A Data Learn the Language . This record shows significant progress in the band’s songwriting, as well as the addition of electronic and computer instrumentation. Amidst a full U.S. tour supporting the record’s release, the band was invited to play on Nic Harcourt’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” radio show on KCRW in Los Angeles. Besides the Tiger Style label, A Data Learn the Language was also licensed and released by Japanese label Stiff Slack in 2003, and the band did a tour of Japan that summer to support the release. After returning from tour in support of A Data Learn the Language , the band went into the studio with Andy Baker again to record three songs for The Confines of Heat , a split CDep/EP with friends and tour mates Maserati. The Confines of Heat was originally released on Kindercore Records, which dissolved shortly after the release. It was then re-released by Hello Sir! Records, an Athens, Georgia-based record label in 2004. The Mercury Program took a much-needed break from touring, writing, and recording after release of The Confines of Heat. During this break, the band members spent a significant amount of time dispersed between Gainesville, New York City, South Florida, and Vermont. With the increased distance and ever increasing personal obligations, the band spent the next several years working on new material in a much more relaxed manner. The result of this composed approach is Chez Viking , a seven-song CD/LP released by the band’s new label, Lovitt Records, in November of 2009. Again, the band chose to work with long-time engineer and friend Andy Baker. Mixes were done by Jeremy Scott at Civil Defense in Brooklyn, and Bob Weston handled mastering at Chicago Mastering Service in Chicago. Chez Viking is a twinkling, shimmer album whose strengths of interplay between guitar and vibraphone or Rhodes are anchored by a propulsive and driving rhythm section. It’s a fantastic combination that succinctly captures the band’s bright intensity, and the benefit of extended time The Mercury Program had to write Chez Viking is well reflected in the songs’ thoughtfully complex arrangements. The Mercury Program has reached an advanced point in its development where making intriguing sounds just seems effortless, and Chez Viking Chez Viking Artist - The Mercury Program Album - Chez Viking Release Date - 2009 Genre - Instrumental, Post-rock, Math-rock Tracklist 1 Chez Viking 2 Arrived / Departed 3 Backseat Blackout 4 Katos 5 Stand & Sing 6 The Church of Cause and Effect 7 Fluorescent Laces ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Mercury Program - Chez Viking Password - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Artist - The Mercury Program Album - The Mercury Program Release Date - 1999 Genre - Instrumental, Post-rock, Math-rock Tracklist 1 In From the Sea 4:20 2 Traveling at Night 2:56 3 Over This Land 4:36 4 From Athens to Rome 4:37 5 Childers 3:52 6 This Hits Home 4:43 7 Miles Among Miles 3:05 8 Southwest 6:54 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Mercury Program - The Mercury Program Password - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Artist - The Mercury Program Album - From the Vapor of Gasoline Release Date - 2000 Genre - Instrumental, Post-rock, Math-rock Tracklist 1 The Sea Is in Here 4:11 2 Re-Inventing a Challenge for Machines 4:37 3 Leaving Capitol City for Good 5:00 4 Nazca Lines of Peru 4:29 5 Every Particle of the Atmosphere 3:39 6 From the Vapor of Gasoline 4:56 7 Fastest Way Through the South 3:23 8 Down on Your Old Lung 5:18 9 The Vortex East 4:00 10 Highways Like Veins 3:51 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Mercury Program - From the Vapor of Gasoline Password - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Artist - The Mercury Program Album - A Data Learn the Language Release Date - 2002 Genre - Instrumental, Post-rock, Math-rock Tracklist 1 Tequesta 7:38 2 Fragile or Possibly Extinct 7:19 3 Slightly Drifting 6:24 4 Egypt 4:52 5 To / From Iceland 5:41 6 You Yourself Are Too Serious 5:23 7 Gently Turned on Your Head 4:03 8 Sultans of El Sur 5:46 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Mercury Program - A Data Learn the Language Password - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Artist - The Mercury Program Album - All the Suits Began to Fall Off Release Date - 2001 Genre - Instrumental, Post-rock, Math-rock Tracklist 1 The Secret to Quiet 3:58 2 There Are Thousands Sleeping in Peace 5:51 3 Marianas 7:29 4 Undiscovered Genius of the Mississippi Delta 4:50 5 A Delicate Answer 8:31 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Mercury Program - All the Suits Began to Fall Off Password - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Recommendations: Tortoise ~ Del Rey ~ Antlers ~ Maserati / Zombi / Cinemechanica / We Versus the Shark ~ Castrovala ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Good stuff as usual Poo... 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