The Mercury Four | Codename: Aurora

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Codename: Aurora

by The Mercury Four

Instrumental Rock, Surf Rock
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Stratoliner Down
4:22 $0.99
2. 911
4:47 $0.99
3. A Quick Creepy
3:17 $0.99
4. Atomic Spider Bite
2:33 $0.99
5. Commie Rat Stomp
2:29 $0.99
6. Alki Surf
3:11 $0.99
7. Jicketts Speed Shop
3:02 $0.99
8. Casa De Carne
3:13 $0.99
9. Code Name Aurora
3:15 $0.99
10. Lazarus Goes Back To Work
2:30 $0.99
11. Sonic Reducer
2:52 $0.99
12. Jimbolero
3:36 $0.99
13. Pocket Full Of Dimes
3:29 $0.99
14. El Gravitron
2:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
Bringing you boiling hot instrumental rock since 1998.

The Mercury Four features former members of The Deep End and The Splashdowns, two of Seattles finest instrumental bands.
They pay homage to the surf rock of old like the Ventures, Shadows, & Trashmen but are firmly rooted in the 21st Century.
Cadename: Aurora is their second release. Recorded by Jack Endino at Soundhouse Studio, Seattle.
The Mercury Four are:
Chip Doring - Guitar
Jim Sadler - Keys/Guitar
Marshall Scott Warner - Drums
Natalie K. Parks - Bass



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Good stuff
I was driving when I first heard "Stratoliner Down" played live on Seattle's KEXP 90.3FM and stayed in the car until the song was done and the band/title announced.

Mercury 4 sounds very much in the spirit of great 60's surf music, and I agree with their liner notes the and is rooted in the 21st-century. There is a bit of a neo-cocktail lounge feel to some of the tracks, which marries well with their brand of surf music.

The only thing I don't like on this CD is the level of tension in the music itself. Tension in 60's surf is about thrill, like riding a big wave or drag racing - good times-kinda tension. Tension on "Codename: Aurora" sounds more angst-ridden, as if too much time was spent on concrete pavement instead of sand. Surf music is usually great for unwinding, and that's the one area where this release falls short. Otherwise it's a solid effort and a worthy standard-bearer for a great genre.

Brendan Parrott

Codename: Aurora
Love it! I saw this band open for the Surf Coasters in Seattle and was impressed. This CD will not be coming out of rotation anytime soon.

Susan R.

Great CD
Powerful music, but they sound almost 'forced' (I'm not sure if that is the word I want to use) in their delivery of the music. All four musicians are strong players, however; maybe forced is what they were aiming for.