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Mercury Lounge Gets Psychedelic Tonight with Sproton Layer

July 26th, 2013

Prior to starting the influential punk group Mission of Burma in Boston, 17-year-old singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Roger Miller formed Sproton Layer, along with his 15-year-old twin brothers, Ben (guitar) and Larry (drums), in their hometown, Ann Arbor, Mich., in the late ’60s. And while they found some local success, their lone album, With Magnetic Fields Disrupted—recorded in their parents’ basement—came out in 1992, some 22 years after the band had called it quits. But it still made an impression: In Our Band Could Be Your Life, Michael Azerrad wrote that it was “an amazing band that sounded like Syd Barrett fronting Cream.” And while the brothers Miller went on to perform with other bands, something about Sproton Layer (above, doing “In the Sun”) stuck with them. And now that their psychedelic gem has been remastered, they’re again playing a few shows together (with Steve Smith on trumpet), including tonight at Mercury Lounge.