Formed out of a bunch of music students from RNCN, Mercury performed their first gig at the Manchester Jazz Festival back in 2012. Here they were discovered by a group of organisers at the legendary Kings Place in London, who were so impressed by the group’s sound that they invited them to play at King’s Place itself, propelling the band into a new level of recognition.
Mercury has since gone on to be nominated for awards such as the Whittingham Jazz Award in 2013, their lead member Tom Thorp making it to the grand finals of the Taichung International Sax Competition. Developing their sound to incorporate elements of electronica, psychedelia, classical and indie, they have been slowly reshaping jazz for a 21st Century audience, and now have a brand new album in the pipeline titled Sea Speak.
Listeners wanting a taster of the band’s upcoming album can listener to this demo version of title track ‘Sea Speak’, a progressive and smoky piece that builds and ebbs like the ocean itself.
Stream demo of title track ‘Sea Speak’ here:
On top of their new album, Mercury have recently completed a UK tour that took them to venues such as Capstone Theatre in Liverpool and Band on the Wall in Manchester. A second half of the tour will also be taking place early next year.
“A whirling sound that sits somewhere in the space between Jazz and Popular music”
- Steve Mead, Director of Manchester Jazz Festival
“Mercury always engage. Energetic grooves mixed with warmth and lyricism – a perfect combination”
- Gwilym Simcock
Watch album teaser for Sea Speak here on Youtube: