Mercury Rev are back with a new album and a tour.
Mercury Rev UK and Ireland live dates:
Sunday 4th October – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club
Monday 5th October – BRISTOL – Trinity
Tuesday 17th November – BRIGHTON – Komedia
Thursday 19th November – GATESHEAD – The Sage
Friday 20th November – GLASGOW – Art School
Sunday 22th November– DUBLIN – Button Factory
Monday 23th November – MANCHESTER – RNCM
Tuesday 24th November – LONDON – Oval Space
As Mercury Rev began recording their eighth studio album in autumn 2013, when asked what people could expect, co-pilot Grasshopper responded, “Steel Resonator Mandolin. Timpani. Sleigh Bells. All sorts of electric guitars…..” He subsequently added, “It is the best stuff we have done in a long, long time. Gonna be big sounding!”
Two years on, The Light In You more than lives up to its billing. The record is filled with wondrous and voluminous kaleidoscopic detail, but also intimate moments of calm, and altogether stands up to the very best that this notable band of maverick explorers has ever created. Its ecstatic highs and shivery comedowns also reflect a particularly turbulent era in the lives of Grasshopper and fellow co-founder Jonathan Donahue, of calamities both personal and physical, but also rebirths and real births (Grasshopper became a father for the first time in 2014). There’s a reason for the seven-year gap since the band’s last album, Snowflake Midnight.