Although they are only 25, the members of Mercury City have already been playing together for a decade. They bonded through their music as teenagers and have been like brothers ever since. Phil describes the meaning behind the band's name as "a place where you would come to fulfill your dreams, where everything is possible…a place that doesn't exist except in everyone's dreams…we are that place!"
In 2002, they recorded their first EP, and it went on to sell 5,000 copies independently in Quebec and spawned a hit radio single with the title track "Purification."
They went through a string of ups and downs until 2007, when things started looking up. They sent a package to the former guitarist of Moist (the first band they ever covered), Mark Makoway, who had become an successful mixer (David Usher, Matt Mays and El Torpedo, Evans Blue). Mark liked the music and signed on to mix Mercury City's debut album, and he enlisted the help of producer Trevor Kustiak and engineer Michael "Dull Boy" Langford to solidify the production team.
Burn, Phil, Simon and Allan spent the month of October 2007 recording with Trevor in The Pocket Studios in Toronto, and by early 2008 their debut album, The Heat From The Sun, was complete.There is certainly darkness in it, but ultimately light wins out, and the album delivers an uplifting message of faith, hope, and the beauty of simplicity.
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