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Buffalo, United States (1989 – present)

Mercury Rev is an American rock music group, that formed in 1989 in Buffalo, New York. Original personnel were David Baker (vocals), Jonathan Donahue (vocals, guitars), Sean “Grasshopper” Mackowiak (guitars, clarinet), Suzanne Thorpe (flute), Dave Fridmann (bass) and Jimy Chambers (drums).

With their debut, Yerself Is Steam, the band gained an underground following, particularly in the UK. 1993’s Boces was critically acclaimed for its alternative sound, and the band’s next album, See You on the Other Side, begins a shift away from the extremes of sonic experimentalism towards the elaborately-orchestrated classic rock blueprint of their later work.

With their early records, Mercury Rev offered experimental, psychedelic rock, which gradually shifted to a melodic, ornate sound. Mercury Rev is often compared to The Flaming Lips, and in fact share close ties: soon after the band’s formation, Donahue also joined the Flaming Lips as second guitarist and appeared on two of their albums; and since the 1990 album In a Priest Driven Ambulance, Dave Fridmann has co-produced every Flaming Lips studio album to date except 1993’s Transmissions from the Satellite Heart.

Despite considerable critical acclaim, their early releases never gave Mercury Rev more than cult popularity, though they appeared on the smaller second stage at some 1993 Lollapalooza stops. Baker left after their second record, Boces (1993), citing musical and personal disputes; he later recorded an album as Shady.

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  • ultima_stella

    Mercury Rev > The Flaming Lips

    18 May 12:16am Reply
  • juliacfonseca

    is one of my the best discoveries of the year and fritting is my favorite song ♥

    10 Apr 5:48pm Reply
  • kevinbrian101

    So do I, unless the final product is utter shit.

    1 Jan 11:21pm Reply
  • jlafargue

    I, for one, appreciate bands that have the balls to change and innovate their sound and don't try to write the same album for 20 years.

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • kevinbrian101

    what the fuck happened to this band

    2 Nov 2014 Reply
  • wheresyourblues

    очень хорошо

    23 Sep 2014 Reply
  • martijnk79

    Hadn't listened to Strange Attractor since it came out. Didn't like Snowflake Midnight, and that must have tainted my opinion of the companion album. How wrong I was: it's a phenomenal album, one of Mercury Rev's best and deserving of more attention.

    22 Sep 2014 Reply
  • surferpip3

    what a band what music never stop you guys are the bomb

    20 Aug 2014 Reply
  • NathelieJulienn

    \/ about me

    30 Mar 2014 Reply
  • TriptheLight

    for so many years i confused mercury rev with martin rev . wtf!

    21 Mar 2014 Reply
  • traytray89

    More STEAM!

    26 Feb 2014 Reply
  • HarakiriBlonde

    mercury rev great band

    23 Feb 2014 Reply
  • mrmocha

    Their best track (by far) is "Meth of a Rockette's Kick"

    25 Jan 2014 Reply
  • kick_yr_crutch

    Two great albums

    13 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Groves89

    i wonder what they were thinking when they released the secret migration and snowflake midnight. their next album will probably be a collaboration with tegan and sarah.

    11 Jan 2014 Reply
  • kick_yr_crutch

    Enjoying Snowflake Midnight, enjoy a band that will experiment

    11 Jan 2014 Reply
  • AndrewBleeker

    Nothing new since 2008 :/

    10 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Alfredo_Poo

    Frittering is Pink Floyd! But I love it!!!

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • noseforsharpies

    I used to shy away from the pre-"Deserter's Songs" material - it seemed too obtuse, and the vocals were weird. What was I thinking?!?! Their most emotionally affecting music definitely lies there: "Frittering" ( heart-stoppingly beautiful ), "Coney Island Cyclones," etc., etc.

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • WaldoJeffers_X

    flaming who?

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
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