Life on Mercury

Life on Mercury Polyamorous

Life on Mercury performs Polyamorous live at Deagan Music in Chicago, Illinois on the 14th day of October, 2011.

This performance was an audio portrayal of the complexities of a Polyamorous relationship. Some people are able to pull this off by being in a relationship with multiple partners, the closest I’m going to get to this is being in multiple bands.

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Life On Mercury Live at PRF Auktoberfyst 2011

Samuel Poker Face Hayworth - Life On Mercury Poster

Limited Edition Poster by Erin Armstrong of Kill Hatsumomo Prints

Life on Mercury’s Rich Fessler is joined by Nicole Miller on Theremin to perform A Fast Death in Slow Motion which is about a fictional character from the 1800′s who commits a bank robbery and murder and after he is caught he is sentenced to be hanged. The theremin was the soul of the individual and Rich’s sounds were the cause of death, the rope, the last breath, the fading of consciousness, the brain fading away and slipping into death’s dark grasp. Here’s the story of Samuel “Poker Face” Hayworth…

“On the 1st day of October 1884, Samuel “Poker Face” Hayworth is to be hanged for an attempted bank robbery and the murder of William P. Worthington. Samuel Hayworth was also wanted for committing multiple bank robberies and the possible murder of Jeb Williams. Samuel Hayworth was born on the 17th day of June 1853 and has no known survivors to mention. A brief memorial service will be held at Klas Restaurant.”

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Life on Mercury Live at Deagan Music

Behold the first live performance of Life on Mercury, the solo project from Rich Fessler of Bear Claw and Mayor For Life. The performance took place at the DIY Venue, Deagan Music, on Saturday August 13th, 2011 as part of Solofest which included 8 experimental, noise, and ambient acts.

The name of the piece is Absence and is actually a shortened version of the piece which was originally about 50 minutes long.