The pandemic delayed the vinyl, cancelled the release show, and put our first printing option out of business, but at last, Drinking Mercury vinyl is shipping! Those who pre-ordered, thank you so much for your patience! And everyone else… you can get it now! This 12 song album is one of the most critically acclaimed GTG releases – Razorcake said “they do a good job of tugging at a wide range of emotions and memories, which made for an introspective listen,” Local Spins said listening to it was “like finding some hidden classic from decades past,” City Pulse declared it “superb, genre-bending, well-crafted pop with psychedelic meltdowns” and Stratton Setlist called it “soothing waves of vibrant folk-influenced dream pop” – plus it spent a few months in the Top 5 at WYCE in GR earlier this year (and it’s still getting play). So, needless to say, we’re happy to get it on to people’s turntables at last. One minor win for 2020!
Hey! A new thing! Looks like we’ve finally been in this pandemic long enough that some of our restless, old, show-playin’ GTG hearts are adapting to the times.
Best Friends Club is a live-streaming, live venue substitute curated by Tommy Plural, Raymond Strife, Jim Graz, & Tim Hoh.
You must join the group to join in the fun. In an effort to bring you “live music”, all performances will be streamed live and taken down within 24 hours of original broadcast. “Doors” will open 30 minutes before the music and we encourage you to engage, socialize, and support in the group and on the live-stream feeds.
These events will be free to all, but support is heavily suggested via tipping and online merch sales. We encourage you to share this group with friends and help us create a unique built-in-scene for performers and all friends of music.
This is not a space to advertise or share links. This is a space to enjoy and support “live music” in the era of no shows, and is intended to be treated like a live venue.
Our first show is this Thursday, July 1, hosted by GTG Records, featuring Nicholas Weltschmerz, Tim Hoh, and the official debut of The Wild Honey Collective, a new more folk-oriented project-kinda-sorta-Drinking-Mercury-offshoot from Tommy Plural, Timmy Rodriguez, and Danielle Gyger.
All inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re now taking pre-orders for the vinyl edition of the new Drinking Mercury album! Shipping in early April! Pre-order now and get an immediate download of the 12 track album PLUS a 14 track collection of alternate mixes, demos, covers, recent live recordings and more. This “B-sides” collection is a wonderful companion to the album with some stripped back acoustic/vocal heavy mixes of some of the songs from the album, demos of album songs, outtakes, and covers, plus some raw ‘n real live recordings of songs from both the album and the Soods split and a Rolling Stones and Who cover to boot! Who says Drinking Mercury can’t have fun?
Drinking Mercury’s self-titled second album is now available digitally. Check it out above from GTG or stream/download at any of these other soulless places where the streaming and the downloading tends to happen: Spotify iTunes Amazon YouTube
Check out the first single from the new Drinking Mercury album, out this Friday! “Catching Up To Me,” like the rest of the self-titled album, was recorded in the dead of a Michigan summer at a cabin in Bitely, MI. The end result is warm and atmospheric and a new high for this band.
But first! The Stick Arounds are celebrating ten years as a band and they’re having a big ol’ shinding at The Avenue Cafe on Friday November 15! Joining the Sticks are GTG Family The Plurals, Jeremy Porter and the Tucos plus Detroit’s Popular Creeps!
5 new songs apiece from one of the longest serving GTG bands and the newest GTG band! Drinking Mercury recorded something like 17 songs at a cabin in Bitely, MI over the course of a couple trips in the last year and this split has the first batch of tunes to be released from these sessions. In addition to the advance single “The Market” the remaining four songs feature all of the group’s songwriters as well as a new arrangement of a traditional song. The rest of the songs from the cabin sessions will be out later this year! The Soods debuted earlier this year with some low-key releases but are now taking off in a big way with this release, featuring a who’s who of Grand Rapids musical talent. Members of longtime outfits Elroy Meltzer, Lazy Genius, The Howlers, and more are featured throughout and the result is a shimmery, tightly arranged batch of indie pop songs with an economy that would make Bob Pollard proud. Check out the album on our bandcamp page, stream it on Spotify, order a CD from our store… have at it!
Check it out! The video for Drinking Mercury’s new single “The Market” from the forthcoming split album with The Soods. The release party AND release date for the split is this Friday, 9/20! 5 new songs apiece from both of these acts, and you can catch ’em live at The Intersection in Grand Rapids to celebrate the release!
Out Now! Split record featuring four new songs apiece from The Sexy Murders and Drinking Mercury. Limited run of clear vinyl will be out in March too! We’ve been tinkering with this release for a little awhile now and we’re very excited to set it out into the world. This is the first long-from release from Drinking Mercury since 2011’s Orcades and while there have been some memorable compilation appearancesfrom this bandin the interim it’s nice to have a collection of tunes from the original GTG band in 2018. This record also doubles as the debut release from The Sexy Murders, the latest project to feature Crooked Sound’s Eric Merckling, in collaboration with his old Calliope bandmate Andy Dryer and perennial GTG player Hattie Danby. Their contributions to the record do recall the first twoCalliope albums , and Eric’s Crooked Soundprojectreleases but they also have their own unique vibe, showcasing the creativity and songwriting chops of these Michigan music veterans.
At the bandcamp link you can order the vinyl version, which is a very limited edition lathe-cut clear 12-inch manufactured by Little Elephant Lathe Cuts in Toledo. The records are packaged in an origami-style fold with artwork unique to the vinyl version. Only a couple dozen of these were pressed so get on it if you want one! They’ll ship out in March and we’ll also have a couple release parties for the record then too. Stay tuned!