The Mercury Seed

The Mercury Seed

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The Mercury Seed is a modern rock band fused with riff friendly ‘70s classic rock overtones, on a mission to write songs that don’t include an expiration date. Described by critics as: “a band that could find a huge audience if given the right push, dynamic, raw, impactful, and passionate".

Biography

If overcoming adversity builds character, The Mercury Seed have built enough to be reincarnated as Abe Lincoln. In the months leading up to the early 2007 release of Throwing Rocks At The Sun, the five-piece New York area band endured frustrating recording delays as well as an inferno that torched a practice space housing many of the band’s prized instruments. But determination prevailed over simple circumstance, and the new collection of songs emerged stronger for the experience. As the incendiary tracks on Sun attest, never — never —underestimate a band with something to prove.

“We really owed it to each other to raise our game on this record,” says lead singer Volker. “Plus, we had been performing some of these songs live and I think that’s why this record sounds more confident than our last.” Guitarist John Jackson adds, “Instead of doing straight live renditions of each song, we spent more time adding layers and textures. Listening back, it sounds like time well spent.”

Over several months during 2006, The Mercury Seed traveled Boston to track the bulk of Rocks in a recording studio near Fenway Park. The process, while ultimately successful, was unusually challenging. The band bested white-out snowstorms, rats the size of small circus animals and a nail-biting race with the clock. Not only that, working at top speed to finish recording before the studio’s eviction notice kicked in added an unexpected sense of urgency to the songs.

America is thirsty for melodic, well-written guitar-fueled rock. They need a tall drink of The Mercury Seed. Hitting new songwriting highs with Throwing Rocks At The Sun, the band knocked out a head-to-toe winner.

Emotionally charged and passionately played, the disc takes listeners on a hook-filled rollercoaster ride. While searing, soaring guitars dominate the swaggering “Under The Radar,” the track’s plaintive, stick-in-your-head lyrics seal the deal: “Feeling alone in a crowded room/Holding the words that get you through/Ghost of a past that’s chained to you.”

Another song garnering heaps of fan and critical attention is the heart-on-its-sleeve “Liferaft.” An obvious emphasis track with its captivating rescue-me message, listeners can almost imagine the swelling song’s key role in a future movie scene.

And, when the Seed turns up the heat, as they do on the driving lead track “This Time” and the power-riffing “Start Again,” it’s clear the band knows when to let the amps do the talking.

Having built a loyal fan base while honing their live act at such Manhattan haunts as The Knitting Factory, Arlene’s Grocery, Mercury Lounge, Sine-é and Crash Mansion, The Mercury Seed expanded its audience in 2006 after being selected by XM Radio to open for Bon Jovi at Mohegan Sun Arena before 15,000 fans. That same year, The Mercury Seed also played at Toronto’s NXNE festival and made the finals in the international Emergenza Music Festival.

They’ve since made fans out of strangers and converts out of non-believers. Anthony DeCurtis, Contributing Editor at Rolling Stone, said of the Seed, “These guys are true believers who play it and mean it from the depths of their souls.” The Mercury Seed continues to give an original spin to the time-honored two-guitars-bass-and-drums lineup. Previous releases include an eponymous debut and Dust. The band also contributed “The Great Big No” to the 2006 Lemonheads tribute CD Squealing Fans In My Tune.

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Lyrics

Under The Radar

Written By: Lemmer/Jackson

Take off you clothes
And bear your soul
Looking so you and I'm feeling old

All those dreams just slipping away
To another year and another day

Trembling your hand in mine
Feeling alone in a crowded room

Holding the words that get to you
Ghost of a past that's chained to you

We're leaving on this flight
With nothing in our way
It's only you and I
We're under the radar tonight

Never ending what's begun
Feels like throwing rocks at the sun

Is it different with you than the other ones
That always come to say they're gone

We're leaving on this flight
With nothing in our way
It's only you and I
We're under the radar tonight

Discography

Throwing Rocks At The Sun (2007): Recorded at the Small Church Studios, Boston MA. Recorded by Bob Logan and mixed by Scott White.

Dust: Recorded at the Art Farm, Accord NY. Produced by Rick Rowe, Sean Boyd & The Mercury Seed. Mixed and Edited by Danny Kadar.

Asked to contribute the track “The Great Big No” to the newly released Lemonheads tribute CD, Squealing Fans In My Tune: Recorded at Whitehouse Productions, Shelton CT. Mixed & Produced by Scott White & The Mercury Seed.

Airplay:
-XM Satellite Radio National: Channel 43
-92.3 WXRK ‘K Rock’ NYC: Matt Pinfield, The Buzz
-99.1 WPLR New Haven, CT
-Many Northeast College Stations, including WCVM (NY), WMHB (ME), WMPG (ME), WECB (MA), WFDU (NY), WQHS (PA), WXIN (RI), WKNH (NH), and many others
-Homegrownradionj.com: National
-Indiepodcasting.com: National
-Alexa Digital Radio: National
-Insomnia Radio: National Indie Podcast

KEY TRACKS
This Time, Under The Radar, Liferaft, Letting Go, Start Again

Set List

Set List depends on the gig.
Original Feature Show:
This Time
So Removed
Liferaft
Dreamtime Oblivion
Under The Radar
Letting Go
Trap Door (In Heaven)
Sinking Like A Stone

Cover Show:
Heartbreaker (Rolling Stones)
The Seeker (The Who)
Hush (Deep Purple)
Great Big No (The Lemonheads)
All Because of You (U2)
What is And What Should Never Be (Led Zeppelin)
She Sells Sanctuary (The Cult)
Come Together (The Beatles)
Until the End of The World (U2)
Use Me (Bill Withers)
LA Woman (The Doors)
Custard Pie (Led Zeppelin)
Have You Ever Seen The Rain (CCR)
Champagne Supernova (Oasis)
Gimmie Shelter (Rolling Stones)
Walk On (U2)
Same Old Song And Dance (Aerosmith)