Mercury Machine are Manchester lads Lee Maguire (vocals and lead guitar), Paul Armstrong (guitar), Shane Welsby (drums) , Carl Street (bass) and Rob Stockton (keyboards).
The band got together in 2013 after discovering their shared love for all things 80s. They take their influences from all the best bands of that time, including Simple Minds, Tears For Fears, Joy Division, Depeche Mode and The Cure.
Their debut EP Mercury Machine was released in April 2013 and their debut album is currently under construction.
Mercury Machine will play their debut gig at the Whiskey Jar in Manchester’s Northern Quarter on Saturday 4th October as part of the Oxjam Manchester Takeover (tickets available here).
Lee has been in a number of bands over the years. A career highlight was signing a three year deal with BMG as the drummer in melodic beat pop combo Alone (later Thermonic), playing the Reading Festival, and supporting Bon Jovi at Maine Road in 1996. He formed indie rock outfit The Grain in 2004 with childhood friend and former lead singer of Peacock Green (1996-1999) Carl Street. Paul and Shane had been playing their instruments for many years before joining progressive metal/hardcore band Zenaku in 2010, releasing the EP ‘Stranglehold’ in 2011, and gigging extensively in the Manchester area. Rob turned up to Mercury Machine rehersals with his keyboard one fateful evening in 2014 and nobody questioned him.