Our Mercury

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Our Mercury
Also known as Misdemeanor
Origin Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2000 (2000)–2007 (2007)
Labels Smallman
Website ourmercury.com
Members Ben Stevenson
John Watson
Daniel Laxer
Joseph Lubinski-Mast
Eric Budd

Our Mercury was a Canadian indie rock band. Its members were singer/guitarist Ben Stevenson, drummer John Watson, bassist Daniel Laxer (replaced in 2006 by Joseph Lubinski-Mast), and keyboardist Eric Budd.[1]


Members Ben Stevenson, John Watson, and Daniel Laxer first played together in a punk band called Misdemeanor.[2] They attracted enough attention, from playing shows around town, to be offered tours with Guttermouth, Jughead's Revenge, Straightfaced, Good Riddance, and 88 Fingers Louie. This increased Canadian exposure introduced them to Cecil English (SNFU, d.b.s., The Smalls) who produced their first independently released album by the time they were 15 years old.[3]

Changing their name to Our Mercury, they released their album Your Medicine on Edmonton's Farway Records in 2002.[4] For their second recording, Our Mercury signed to Smallman Records[5] who released From Below in 2005.[6] The addition of Eric Budd, formerly of The Operators brought renewed energy to the albums and live shows[citation needed]. Their signature 70’s tinged punk now had elements of Motown and danceable pop[citation needed].

From Below achieved local commercial radio success through its heavy rotation on Sonic 102.9, and received reviews both locally and nationally[citation needed]. Laxer departed in August 2006 and was replaced by Joseph Lubinski-Mast.

The band officially played their last show August 18, 2007.

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  1. ^ "Our Mercury Artist Page". CBC Radio 3. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Artists > Our Mercury". Exclaim!. Toronto: 1059434 Ontario Inc. ISSN 1207-6600. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Basement is Calling for OUR MERCURY". Smallman Records. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Your medicine" (sound recording), Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, AMICUS No. 28655937, retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "From Below". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "From below" (sound recording) / Our Mercury, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, OCLC 102509429, AMICUS No. 32337984, retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Edwards, Michael (April 2004). "POP & ROCK REVIEWS >APR 2004 > Our Mercury > Your Medicine". Exclaim!. Toronto: 1059434 Ontario Inc. ISSN 1207-6600. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Haunted by your love" (sound recording) / Our Mercury, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, AMICUS No. 33336067, retrieved 22 November 2011. 

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