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  • February 1, 2016

    Mercury Rev will be playing the following dates in Europe this summer:

    More and more dates for 2016 will be announced over the next few weeks, so stay tuned! See the page for a full list of dates.

  • November 15, 2015

    As the Mercury Rev make their way across Europe in support of The Light In You this Fall, some live reviews have started to surface.
    Read recent reviews and see photos from the festival and a recent show in (German language).

  • November 14, 2015

    Thoughts and prayers to all of Paris, all of France, The Eagles of Death Metal, to all to all to all.
    Our Paris show at Alhambra will not go on.
    Candles lit
    Candles lit
    Candles lit.
    Jonathan and Grasshopper

  • October 20, 2015

    Mercury Rev are playing a handful of dates in Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan later in the year, including stops at the Neon Lights and Clockenflap festivals.

    Check out the Tour page for dates and tickets.

  • October 7, 2015

    "As Mercury Rev release their first record in seven years, Jonathan Donahue talks to Emma Finamore about coming to terms with the past and understanding the future..."

    Read the full interview

  • October 7, 2015

    Mercury Rev

    When great work is created in spite of the distress and depression that shrouded that period, is it the fascination of having been able to succeed against the odds that preserves the attraction to it? The abyssal lows Mercury Rev suffered after the spectacular failure of 1995's 'See You On The Other Side'- and then the flickering lights of hope that were sought in writing the songs that formed their 1998 classic 'Deserter's Songs'- are indeed the crux of tonight's performance in collaboration with the local Tilburg Conservatorium Orchestra. The band have dealt heavily with orchestration since the mid 90s, so while on the surface there may seem nothing particularly novel about this pairing, frontman Jonathan Donahue explains that the band have actually been waiting a long time to be given the chance to perform in this way. Launching somewhat bizarrely into Neil Young's 'A Man Needs a Maid' but followed up rapidly and assuredly by new album cut 'The Queen Of Swans', the set then continues to sway between originals and covers, context for which are given throughout via resolutely sincere and heartfelt monologues by Donahue, some of which rendering me rather damp-eyed on more than one occasion.

    The band and orchestra visit, among many things, the rural Catskill mountains and fairytales of Donahue's childhood, his tenure as guitarist for The Flaming Lips (complete with a stunning cover of 'Love Yer Brain'), and being informed of the death of his friend Marc Linkous, better known as singer-songwriter Sparklehorse (followed similarly with a bracing cover of 'Sea of Teeth'). The glowing musical highlight here though is 'Holes', the synthetic orchestration of the recording transformed into a beautiful dynamic counterpoint by the Conservatorium Orchestra, a feat they achieve several times throughout the evening, Donahue adamant that to simply use the orchestra as a token "volume knob" would be a severe disservice. Donahue prefaces the song by recalling the band's severe lows at the time of writing, but also explains how it marked the beginning of being dragged out of the dirt and into the light, both band and orchestra then flourishing to provide one of the most outstanding and emotional performances of the festival.

    William Doyle, The Quietus

    Read the full article

  • October 2, 2015

    In an online video piece, Alexis Petridis, chief rock critic for U.K. publication The Guardian selects the "The Light In You" as "the one album you should hear this week".
     

  • September 1, 2015
  • August 20, 2015

    Mercury Rev will play the following shows in Australia this December:

    • Saturday, December 5th - Berry, NSW - Fairgrounds Festival
    • Monday, December 7th - Sydney, NSW - Oxford Art Factory
    • Tuesday, December 8th - Melbourne, NSW - Max Watts
    • Friday, December 11th - Brisbane, QLD - The Zoo

    See the Tour page for all upcoming dates.

  • August 5, 2015

    Mercury Rev will play the Belfast Strand Arts Centre on Saturday, November 21st

    See the Tour page for all upcoming dates.

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