Concept Briefing: Mercury Landing has powerful sway with their catchy songs and energetic demeanor. They attract both a high-brow audience of music connoisseurs as well as throngs of people who simply love to dance. The band broaches many genres including funk, pop, progressive, reggae, ska, jazz, blues, dance, disco, and anything in between. They’ve covered a wide range of artists including the Talking Heads, the Rolling Stones, the Doors, the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, the Greyboy Allstars, the Meters, Jet, etc. They’ve also been known to perform obscure theme music from video games like Tetris, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Megaman.
Known Accomplices: Tea Leaf Green, RAQ, the Adam Deitch Project featuring Eric Krasno, Strangefolk, Lotus, Pnuma Trio, the Breakfast, Granola Funk Express, New Monsoon, Licorice, DJ Logic, DJ Harry.
Background Information: Mercury Landing emerged in the heart of New York City on December 30, 2005. The project was originally the brainchild of NYU students Corey J. Feldman and Dan Haller who performed as a duo called “Dr. UHall” as early as February 2004. Nate Rosler responded to a “craigslist.org” internet classified ad, and he first played with the band in the summer of 2005. Rich Brownstein had known Corey from his freshmen year at NYU, and he joined the band in the fall of 2005 after seeing a Main Stage performance at the Knitting Factory with Tea Leaf Green. The members of Mercury Landing had performed with five different lead guitar players before they found Dave Rosenthal, a jazz guitar student studying at the Manhattan School of Music. Dave first performed with Mercury Landing on June 30, 2007. He was immediately recruited for the highly anticipated album effort.
Praise for "Eyes Against the Sky"
"Mercury Landing is a rising act in New York’s crowded music beat, and the 5-piece band carves its unique image on a competitive stage by crafting a sound that speaks to a professional attitude and technical and stylistic mastery. Since forming in 2005 the band has exploded on the metropolitan scene, delivering a genre-conquering mesh of styles stemming from a whole spectrum of musical influences.
While there's no doubt that this is a talented group of dedicated professionals, Mercury Landing is at heart a group of friends doing what they love, and as a result you may catch them covering a funky Talking Heads tune onstage or just letting loose and busting out the theme to Tetris midset. Whatever the formula is, it's working for these guys, and consequently they'll likely be taking off from planet N.Y. in the near future, and touching down at a venue near you." - Relix.com
"New York’s Mercury Landing have touched upon a unique fusion of space-rock, synthesizer fueled electronica and old school jam that is both progressive and comfortably familiar. The group’s first full length album, Eyes Against the Sky, is an enjoyable mash of fast paced instrumental passages and more heartfelt, introspective vocal moments."
--Mike Greenhaus, Relix Magazine
"If Mercury Landing isn’t already on your iPod or in your CD player then you are going to be left behind. With funky beats and choreographed instrumentation, they are what the Dave Mathews Band was before they hit the commercial market. If you are in college and looking for something to call your own, I suggest Mercury Landing."
--Liberty Devitto, drummer for Billy Joel
"Eyes Against the Sky is an eclectic mix of funk and rock music. It is a great listen from front to back, which is a rarity in today's music world."
--John Pasquale, Booking and Event Planning for Hard Rock Cafe