Via Satellite

Scott Mercado: Bass guitar, Guitar (electric), Vocals | Tim Reece: Drums, Vocals

Genre: Noise | Xprmntl, Rock

RIYL: The Album Leaf, Manuok, Mr Tube, the Black Heart Procession

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Ex-Band Members: Drew Andrews, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals

Influences: Cocteau Twins, Miles Davis, Barkmarket, Lilys, Jurrasic 5, Mum, Squarepusher, Radiohead, Boards of Canada, Fiona Apple, the Flaming Lips, Sigur Ros, the Rachels, Kronos Quartet, Sunny Day Real Estate, the Blackheart Procession, the Cure


Members of Via Satellite also play with the Album Leaf, Mr. Tube and the Flying Objects, and the Black Heart Procession. The band has included Scottish-born (but Mexican-Ukrainian by blood) Scott Mercado, aka Manuok.

“We do everything we can experimentally and texturally,” said Drew Andrews (who says his father is local music mainstay Sven-Erik Seaholm) early on. “Dreamy stuff…kind of ethereal and cinematic.”

Both Manuok and Via Satellite signed to San Diego-based Loud and Clear Records. Mercado toured as a member of the Black Heart Procession, but did not formally join that group, and he's also performed with the Album Leaf, Mr. Tube and the Flying Objects, and Tristeza.

Singer/guitarist Drew Andrews (the Album Leaf) released a solo EP in 2008, I Could Write a Book. He eventually left both Via Satellite and the Album Leaf, launching a new band in 2014 called Bit Maps.

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