THE MERCURY TREE is from Portland, Oregon.The band started in 2004 from a solo project of Ben SPEES (vocals, guitars, keyboards), thenbecame a full band in 2006 with the addition of James CRUTCHER (bass) and Avery COOPER (guitar) and Mike BYRNE (drums). In 2007, theyreleased their first self-titled album. Then, some members went on different projects; one was Mike, the drummer, for the reformation ofSMASHING PUMPKINS. A new lineup was made with Liz KUHN (flute) and Alan JOHNSON (bass). In 2010, Connor REILLY was the new drummerproviding his heavy progressive influence. After 3 years Alan was replaced by Aaron CLARK on bass.