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Sage Gateshead are excited to announce the long-awaited return of US alt-rock band Mercury Rev to Sage Two, who are touring in support of their new album, The Light In You, which will be released this year, 8 whole years after their last album, Snowflake Midnight.
As well as The Light In You being the first Mercury Rev album with their new record label Bella Union, it’s also the first with only Jonathan and Grasshopper at the controls. Surrounded by longtime friends such as engineer Scott Petito and bassist Anthony Molina, Jonathan and Grasshopper quickly found their stride recording themselves in their own basement studio as well as venturing out into the daylight to record tracks at some of their old haunts like NRS and White Light Studios. The two even found time to arrange backing vocal harmonies and record with Ken Stringfellow at his studio Son du Blé studios in Paris.
Since Snowflake Midnight, Jonathan and Grasshopper have stayed productive, for example with their improvised collective, Mercury Rev’s Cinematic Sound Tettix BrainWave Concerto Experiment at John Zorn’s club in NYC, creating live soundtracks to favourite films at various junctures across Europe (most recently in London as part of Swans’ Mouth To Mouth festival in 2014). There were also occasional festival shows such as headlining 2014’s Green Man festival to celebrate the deluxe version of 1998 opus Deserter’s Songs.
As Grasshopper once commented about Deserter’s Songs, “It’s special because that was the one that brought us back from the brink.” The Light In You is special for that very same reason, making this tour one not to be missed.
The Light In You will be released worldwide on 18th September via Bella Union.