Selected by Dan
acts from the unlikely location of Buffalo, New York, will be touring
Japan in December. Actor/director/musician Vincent Gallo brings his album When
to Orchard Hall in Christmastime, while left-field art rockers Mercury Rev
settle into Liquid Room for two nights earlier in the month.
Mercury Rev join other bands who, following appearances at last
summer' Summer Sonic festival, are returning in headlining tours. And,
like Gallo, they bring with them a new album in the form of their
typically cryptic September release, All
Is Dream (V2).
The upcoming tour and release cap a comeback for a band that was
losing its hold on the public imagination around the time of 1995's See You On The Other Side (Sony). Beset by internal troubles,
unhappy with the support offered by their label, and booted of the
Lollapalooza tour for being too loud, things were not looking happy.
notoriously unstable vocalist/guitarist David Baker, the core of the band
in the form of lead singer Jonathan Donahue and guitarist Sean Mackowiak
re-signed to V2 for 1998's Deserter's
Mercury Rev appeared on the scene in 1991 with Yerself
Is Steam, an uncategorizable album that saw them being compared to
bands as diverse as Pere Ubu and Pink Floyd. While garnering little notice
in their home country, their cause was taken up by the British music
press, including Melody Maker,
which called the album "the first, and so far only, great rock long
player of 1991."
Subsequent tours saw them broadening their audience with backing
slots for My Bloody Valentine and, unusually, Bob Dylan. Their next album
was Boces, another dreamy rock outing exploring seldom visited nether
regions, both lyrically and musically.
Of the new album, Donahue explained his approach in an interview
with Billboard. "It's not a
rejection of reality but an acceptance of an alternate reality that's
equally valid," he said. "I do what I can to balance my
unconscious dream world with this physical, dense matter plane of
existence. My dreams [are] as valid as my waking life.Eo:p>
Rev play Liquid Room on Dec 17-18.
See listings for details.