Spiritual Psychedelia In Motion – Great MERCURY REV Gig In A Belgian Park On A Hot Summer Night

How great to see – for the 12th time – one of my all-time bands,
on record and on stage play again. MERCURY REV formed in 1989
in Buffalo New York.

Their first three LPs (Yerself Is Steam – 1991 / Boces – 1993 / See You
On The Other Side
– 1995) were dope-infused psych rock-out records.

With goosebumps vocalist and co-songwritter Jonathan Donahue
also played for 2 years with fairytale eccentrics The Flaming Lips) and musical
orchestrator Grasshopper (born Sean Thomas Mackowiak) as the beating heart
of the Rev, another 5 albums followed, with The Light In You as the most recent
one, released in 2015. Stream on Spotify.

Last night – 23 June – was another psychedelic experience, another spiritual happening
in a beautiful park in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. Can’t ask for more on a hot summer night, a holiday atmosphere, and all spectators with a smile on their faces.

A perfect time and place to see/hear/enjoy Rev again playing symphonic pearls such as Holes, Tonite It Shows, Goddess On A Hiway and The Dark Is Rising, but also magnific covers of Flaming Lips and Peter Gabriel songs.

As spellbinding as 21 years ago

Frontman Jonathan Donahue thanked, in a heart-touching way, the audience for showing up. As humble as ever. Thank you Jonathan, thank you Grasshopper, thank you Mercury Rev.


Stairway to Mercury Rev

Flowers for Grasshopper

Jonathan Donahue in love with the audience

Queen of Swans

Spiritual psychedelia in motion

Turn up the bass

God on a hiway

Hail hail Rev

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MERCURY REV Released Their Symphonic Magnum Opus ‘DESERTER’S SONGS’ 20 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

28 September 2018


Album: DESERTER’S SONGS – the band’s fourth album

Released: 29 September 1998 – 20 years ago

ALL MUSIC wrote back then: “Four albums in and ‘Mercury Rev’ remain as surprising and daring as ever, exchanging the volcanic noise and twisted sensibilities of earlier releases for ornate arrangements and ethereal strings, ‘Deserter’s Songs’ unlocks the beauty always hidden just below the band’s surface, its lush harmonics and soothing textures bathing in an almost unearthly light. Complete with its fractured instrumental interludes and odd effects, ‘Deserter’s Songs’ sounds like no other album, for that matter, it doesn’t even sound like Mercury Rev, yet there’s no mistaking the record’s brilliance for anyone else.” – Score: 4.5/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: After hearing Rev‘s masterpiece Deserter’s Songs (thanks
to NME who voted it as their Album Of The Year in 1998) on repeat I discovered a totally other Rev than the chaotic group of the first LP’s. This felt immediately as an exceptional record. A symphonic phantasy from the magical start (Holes) to the playful end (Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp). A bit later, in January 1999 I saw Mercury Rev live for the very first time when they played an indoor festival in Antwerp, Belgium to promote Deserter’s Songs. Their captivating performance blew me away. It wasn’t a traditional concert, it was a spiritual and psychedelic happening. A starry-eyed trance-like event that left a lasting impression on my senses. I’ve seen them countless (about 20 shows if I remember well) times since, with their 2011 show at the Cirque Royal in Brussels as one of the most memorable and unforgettable ones, playing Deserter’s Songs in full. A once in a lifetime band.

The imperishable highlight

The beauty in full…

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Stunning Singles Turning 20 In 2018 – Here Are TURN UP THE VOLUME’S 10 Picks…

Going back in sonic history…

1998 – Twenty Years Ago
10 Big Singles to Remember…

1/ ‘Celebrity Skin’ by HOLE
Courtney Love‘s best shot…
Album: ‘Celebrity Skin’

2/ ‘Pure Morning’ by PLACEBO
“A friend in need’s a friend indeed / A friend with weed is better…”
Album: ‘Without You I’m Nothing’

3/ ‘A Film For The Future’ by IDLEWILD
Steamy Scottish eruption…
Album: ‘Hope Is Important’

4/ ‘I Think I’m Paranoid’ by GARBAGE
Who is this band?…
Album: Version 2.0

5/ ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’
Anthemic splendour…
Album: ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’

6/ ‘Goddess On A Hiway’ by MERCURY REV
Epic magnificence…
Album: ‘Deserter’s Songs’

7/ ‘Teardrop’ by MASSIVE ATTACK
Elizabeth Fraser in another galaxy…
Album: ‘Mezzanine’

8/ ‘Battle Flag’ by LO-FIDELITY ALLSTARS
Big beats and a smoking swagger…
Album: ‘How To Operate With A Blown Mind’

9/ ‘Intergalactic’ by BEASTIE BOYS
Robotic hip hop craziness…
Album: ‘Hello Nasty’

10/ ‘The Rockafeller Skank’ by FATBOY SLIM
Dance floor classic…
Album: ‘You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby’