When Mercury Rev’s Deserter’s Songs was released in 1998, it kick-started one of the the greatest, and most unexpected second acts in music history.
They had been known for making indie rock that was chaotic, psychedelic, and bathed in layers in distortion. However, after coming close to breaking up in the wake of 1995’s See You On The Other Side, the band returned with a new mature sound that moved away from rock towards Americana, showing the influence of artists like The Band and Van Dyke Parks.
Still widely considered their best work, Mercury Rev will celebrate Deserter’s Songs’ 20th anniversary this April with an intimate gig in Whelans, a “whisper and strum” acoustic gig that will display the songs as they were originally written. You won’t want to miss this once-off take on a true ’90s classic.