Mercurial’s rising – Hemel Hempstead band tipped as a hot name to watch

Their name is Mercurial, and the four young members of a new Hemel Hempstead band are wasting no time as they look to establish themselves as a hot ticket.

After only a handful of gigs they’ve been booked to headline at Camden’s prestigious XOYO venue on Thursday night.

Hemel Hempstead band Mercurial. Picture by Andy Ash

Hemel Hempstead band Mercurial. Picture by Andy Ash

And with recording sessions planned in their home town in the new year, they’ll be able to spread their sound even faster.

Tackling lead vocals and guitar duties is 19-year-old Jason Elvin, a former Berkhamsted School student from Pouchen End who previously featured in Nevada Suite.

Also on guitar is Geoff Grogan, 19, a former Longdean School pupil who comes from Bennetts End.

On bass is Anthony Johnson, who lives in Abbots Langley and studied at Kings Langley School, who has spells in Whiteharts and 14 Car Pile-Up on his musical CV so far.

And on drums is the youngest member of the band, 18-year-old Kenny Cook from Boxmoor, a former Hemel Hempstead School student who has played with Order Of Liberty and Evantyde in the past.

They have only been together a month and have already caught attention of established local venues like The Horn in St Albans and The Greene Room in Berkhamsted.

It was a combination of their previous experience and obvious potential that earned them a London headline slot so soon.

Kenny said: “We believe our stage presence and quality of songs has led to us being rewarded these prestigious slots, and our ‘work hard’ attitude makes us the band to watch for 2014.”

So where does the name come from? Kenny says: “It stems from one of our favourite sayings: ‘Always aim for the moon, because even if you fail you’re still among the stars’.

“It might be cheesy, but it’s an effective way of looking at things.

“So the idea of naming the band after a planet, or at least an adjective connected with a planet seemed like a good idea.”

Their music is on the heavy side. “In terms of the bands that influence us and the music we write, you would have to look a little into the past,” Kenny said.

“Bands such as Iron Maiden and Whitesnake have been a big influence in the way we write and perform our music.

“There is no escaping being influenced by current bands such as Heaven’s Basement and Don Broco.

“We feel that these influences allow us to hold on to the roots of rock music while staying modern and up to date.”

New year plans include recording at the Antar recording studio in Hemel Hempstead, with plans to record an EP that is scheduled for free distribution.

You can check out the band for yourself on Thursday night – register through the Facebook page and you’ll only pay £6, otherwise it’s £20 on the door.

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