Mercury Messiah do the dance of love one last time in their upbeat new single Stay — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Taken from their upcoming EP Blast Off, the latest track from the dynamic Montreal rock duo of Emmanuel (Mano) Diles and Alex Brunel finds them stretching their stylistic legs — while taking a satirical look at a dark time in the former’s romantic life.
For this new single, the band adopted a more subdued tone, breaking away from their trademark hard rock vibe and demonstrating their ability to explore new sounds while keeping their style of progressive, metal, and hard rock. “Don’t get it twisted though, despite dialling things down to 10 from 11, Mercury Messiah is still a hard rock band at its core,” Diles insists.
Mano (vocals, guitar) and Brunel (drums, piano, and composer) add that Blast Off “is very special because this time around, we recorded, composed, mixed and produced everything by ourselves in our home studios and felt that we were more in control of our creative process.”
After the success of their debut EP, Starbound in 2022, the band decided at the last minute to divide their musical work into two EPs, even though it was originally meant to be an album. However, they were able to hone their sound and go further into the creative process thanks to this separation.
Mercury Messiah’s sound honours influences from the 1960s to the 1990s — especially iconic bands like Led Zeppelin, Rush and The Beatles. But they refuse to put themselves in a creative box, and also draw on jazz, blues, reggae, psychedelic rock, flamenco, progressive rock, metal, pop rock, hard rock, instrumental fusion, and more.