Mercury White have just released their new single ‘Déjà vu C’est La Vie’, taken from their upcoming EP ‘Sophisticate’, and are about to tour round Australia. Tomatrax caught up with Paul ‘Coops’ Cooper, vocalist and keyboardist from the band to ask a few questions.

How did the band form?

Too much guitar hero and not enough attention from the opposite sex.

Where did the name Mercury White come from?

I had to repaint a house once and took a sample from the wall, the paint shop said it was a unique paint called Mercury White thats illegal now.

You’ve just released your single Déjà vu C’est La Vie, what was the inspiration behind having a French title?

I like words I cannot spell.

You received a fair amount of critical acclaim for your previous two releases, did this make you feel any pressure when putting your latest EP together?

Not really, this was a totally new band and we had a lot of faith in our producer Lachlan Mitchell. This was the best recording experience so far.

You’ve said that you recorded this EP with a “fuller sound in mind” was this hard to achieve?

Being a five piece you have to push for a big sound, its easy to get lost in all the different instrument capabilities. Having a strong keyboard backbone always helps to create a large soundscape. Fitting all the other instruments around it was the challenge.

What was it like playing at the Taurbertal Festival World Final in Germany?

BEST . SHOW . EVER something you dream of and really keeps you going in this tough industry.

You’re about to tour Australia in support of your latest EP, what can fans expect from your shows?

Lots of energy and passion, but sorry no laptops or samplers.

You are known for putting on mesmerizing live performances, is it hard to transfer the studio versions of songs to the live performances?

At first it takes a little reworking… somethings in the studio we cannot re-create unless we run samples or backing tracks. Im totally against that so we do have to adjust the songs slightly…. but i think it gives the live versions their own life and energy.

You’ve entered songs off your EP on Triple J’s Unearthed page, has this had any impact on your music’s exposure?

We got some airplay on unearthed radio which is great! its a great platform for artists and has more great music than Molly Meldrom’s iPod

Do you ever listen to your own music?

Only when showing people or re learning something. It becomes hard to listen to something you spend so much time around.

What music do you listen to?

I like to listen to anything, any type of music can inspire so i keep my mind open to everything. Digging Alt J big time right now

What do you plan on doing after your tour?

Getting back into the studio for an album….. can’t wait

Mercury White will be touring Australia next month (dates below). Check out the band’s website to find out more!


Friday November 28th – Musicman Megastore, Bendigo, VIC
Tickets available at door | 18+ only

Friday December 12th – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets available at door | 18+ only

Saturday December 13th – Spectrum, Sydney, NSW
Tickets available at door | 18+ only

Friday January 9th – Ric’s Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Free entry | 18+ only

Friday January 16th – Queens of Noise Festival – Musicman Megastore, Bendigo, VIC
Tickets available at door | 18+ only