Mercury Rev

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


Originally a six-piece band from Buffalo, New York State, USA, Mercury Rev burst onto the music scene in 1991 to unanimous critical acclaim for their enterprising mix of Pink Floyd and Dinosaur Jr dynamics. However, the sounds produced by Jonathan Donahue (6 May 1966, USA; vocals/guitar, ex-Flaming Lips), Dave Fridmann (b. David Fridmann, Buffalo, New York, USA; bass), Jimy Chambers (b. James Joseph Chambers; drums), Sean ‘Grasshopper’ Mackowiak (b. 1967; guitar), Suzanne Thorpe (flute) and David Baker (vocals/guitar) were difficult to classify. Their debut album, Yerself Is Steam, although practically ignored in their native country, created the sort of snowballing press acclaim in the UK that has rarely been accorded a debut. The Melody Maker’s comment: ‘Universally acclaimed by UK critics as the draughtsmen behind the first, and so far only, great rock long player of 1991’, was among the more conservative of the plaudits, and with only...

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