Sydney’s Mercury Sky are back with new music – and though the single is called ‘Nausea’ – it won’t make you nauseous. It’s the first single from their forthcoming ‘Infra’ EP. The EP will be released into the world on September 22 and this first single will become available to purchasers from next Monday – when the EP goes live for pre-order in iTunes – but the single will be streaming at Spotify on Friday.
Add to that, they are embarking on a tour straight after the EP’s release that takes in Gosford, Newcastle, Wollongong, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from September to November and Mercury Sky all of a sudden are busy as for the rest of this year. Like their namesake Mercury, tickets are sure to move fast.
New single ‘Nausea’ summarises the band’s intentions in creating a piece of work that is more diverse and more intense than they have done before. The lyrical content fundamentally grapples with the principles of existentialism as implied by an observer who feels a self-described ‘nausea’ and begins keeping a journal in an attempt to alleviate the feelings they are having. As a result, they find themselves voraciously contemplating every aspect of their relevance and consequences of their presence as well as the alleged construct that is their existence to alleviate the feeling. Loosely based off the Sartre novel of the same name, it serves as an interpretation that many may be able to relate to in simply feeling overwhelmed by or lost in feelings.
Hailing from various parts of Sydney, Mercury Sky bring an unquestionable vitality and renewed vibrancy to the rock/metal scene with their distinctive brand of meticulously constructed progressive rock. Amalgamating the brazen technicality and aggression of modern metal with the atmosphere and ambience of effect-driven clean passages and serving it all up with the sensibility and big hooks many have come to expect from them, Mercury Sky have carved out a niche that has people paying close attention to what they have in store.
Since then, they have shared stages with high profile artists within their genre including Breaking Orbit, Jericco, Gods Of Eden, Bellusira and many more as well as released two singles, ‘Sosonal’ and ‘SleepDreamWake’.
Now in 2017, they present their sophomore offering, ‘Infra’ which pushes their own personal, musical and emotional boundaries even further, tackling topics such as social media and modernisation, political correctness and counterculture, existentialism and loss. Having also taken on a large portion of production duties themselves in conjunction with Dave Petrovic, this EP finds Mercury Sky drawing upon a wider range of experiences and lessons to provide a more diverse spectrum of songs that embody their evolution to date and further cement their place as a band to watch in the progressive scene.
‘Infra’ by Mercury Sky is the band’s second musical output, following on from the success of their debut self-titled EP. ‘Infra’ brings to the forefront a musical representation of a band that has progressed and matured, both emotionally and instrumentally, whilst retaining their distinctive take on a sound they have grown up appreciating.
This EP has seen the band take on a significant portion of the early production in-house, which has resulted in a more careful and measured approach to the layering and construction of the elements that make up the record. For the final steps in the recording and mixing process, the band enlisted long-time collaborator Dave Petrovic (Cog, Tonight Alive, Northlane) and completed mastering with acclaimed engineer, Don Bartley (Silverchair, Karnivool, David Bowie).
Lyrically and conceptually, the band explores a wide range of experiences within the spectrum of humanity such as the ever-increasing dependence on technology as a means of expression, political correctness and the weight of opinions as well as the highs and lows of coping with love, loss and existence.
This EP sees Mercury Sky create material that is simultaneously heavier and more delicate than their previous effort and as such, unequivocally represents what the band set out to achieve, a distinct forward step in what they are capable of, speaking volumes for what the future holds from here on in.
INFRA – EP RELEASE TOUR DATES
Born2Rock Studios (AA)
The Factory Theatre – supporting Caligula’s Horse
Saturday November 4 – Brisbane QLD
New Globe Theatre
Saturday Nov 11 – Melbourne VIC
The Brunswick Hotel
All Ticket details available at mercurysky.bigcartel.com.