The Mercury Program takes flight at the Social with their hypnotic instrumental tracks


 If you’re not excited about the Mercury Program’s show this week, then you have not been paying attention, but in this case, you are excused for not, um, getting with the Program. The frequently dormant band Rip Van Winkle’d fans by dropping Chez Viking after six years of silence in 2009, and now six years later, here we sit at the precipice of the fall release of a new six-track EP, New Myths, on Lovitt Records. Labeled by genre-graspers as post-rock, the Mercury Program is really in a class of its own with distinctly hypnotic instrumental tracks that conjure an allure for listeners akin to being drawn by the nose toward a piping hot pie on a windowsill. They’re best experienced deep within headphones or once in a blue moon when the band members are all available to perform live. This week’s show at the Social is a rare opportunity to experience the new sounds and celebrate with like-minded fools geeked out that the Mercury Program’s got their groove back.

The Mercury Program with Boxing at the Zoo | 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | $10-$12