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The Mercury Program

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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.

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  • AnEmergency

    Saw them at DIY Records in Orlando in 1998 with a bunch of screamy hardcore bands. They played in the middle of the floor with everyone standing in a circle around them.

    14 Feb 7:15am Reply
  • Venusfly91

    "Mercury Program > Tortoise any day, hands down." [2]

    8 Feb 9:48pm Reply
  • Deathorse

    Someone commented on a YouTube video of Chez Viking that it reminded them of Spyro the Dragon. Now I cannot unhear it...

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • OrangeRomeda

    Hearing clips of "You Give Me Problems About My Business" on NPR is one of the highlights of my day.

    13 Aug 2013 Reply
  • isitbeer30yet

    decent

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ticklishgio

    does anyone have there first 7" and split? i wasnt able to find those 2 along with there compilation

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Rodriguez92

    why isn't Chez Viking getting more listens? what an amazing album

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • thamasheen

    Marianas does need to be further up indeed. As do The Secret to Quiet and Saint Rose of Lima.

    5 May 2012 Reply
  • teenagemustache

    Mercury Program > Tortoise any day, hands down.

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Slowkiss621

    Just because the band has a vibraphone does not mean they are a Tortoise rip off band. If you took out the Vibraphone it would not sound anything like Tortoise. . . It already doesn't. First two albums and "all suits begin" EP fucking rule.

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • mercsocks3

    Also, congress can suck a deep-fried salty donkey dick.

    28 Jan 2012 Reply
  • mercsocks3

    You may want to cry, but have no idea why.

    28 Jan 2012 Reply
  • icedopethblind1

    yes.

    1 Jan 2012 Reply
  • vetal_minus_one

    one of the best bands ever

    25 Dec 2011 Reply
  • 2nd_face

    ...кавер на savath & savalas волшебен, альбом A Data Learn The Language очень и очень хорош)

    27 Oct 2011 Reply
  • IamEPSI

    lounge!

    25 Oct 2011 Reply
  • mjk89

    Excuse the spamming fellow post rockers, but I'd urge you to take the time and give a listen to my band at http://weownthesky.bandcamp.com/ thanks in advance for your time!

    2 Sep 2011 Reply
  • BS-Pedro

    You Yourself Are Too Serious...

    18 May 2011 Reply
  • c0rdell

    good good stuff

    9 Apr 2011 Reply
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    8 Apr 2011 Reply
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