Originally formed in Buffalo, N.Y., in the late '80s, Mercury Rev hasn't always had an easy time finding an audience beyond its devoted cult following. But the band did see success in the U.K. with 1998's Deserter's Songs, and breakthrough albums like Yerself Is Steam and See You On The Other Side are still highly regarded.
These days, Jonathan Donahue and Sean "Grasshopper" Mackowiak remain at the center of the group. They produced Mercury Rev's new album, The Light In You — the group's first since 2008 — and join World Cafe for today's session. Hear the conversation and performance, plus the web-exclusive track "The Dark Is Rising," on this page.