OLD FANGS by BLACK MOUNTAIN
In the spirit of that amazing Deep Purple organ sound, Canada’s Black Mountain have been bringing the fuzz to ear holes since 2004. What has always pumped my nag is the dual vocal thing these guys have got going on. It’s tough to tell the difference between Stephen McBean and Amber Webber when they sing, and I love that. The fuzz tones mixed with thick keyboard sounds thrown together in a right bouncy feel makes for some kick-ass rock and roll. Awesome. FATS
Since forming in 2004, Black Mountain has released three LPs, Black Mountain (2005), In the Future (2008), and Wilderness Heart (2010), and two EPs, Druganaut (2004) and Bastards of Light (2008) on the Jagjaguwar label. A split single with Destroyer was released in Fall 2004 on Spirit of Orr Records. The
“Stormy High” single was released in 2006 on Suicide Squeeze Records. A vinyl single was released in April 2007 named “Surrender Sound Session: Unkle vs. Autolux/Black Mountain” with a remix of “No Hits” on the B side.
Their self-titled album was chosen as one of Amazon.com’s Top 100 Editor’s Picks of 2005. In the Future was a finalist for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize and was also nominated for “Best Alternative Album” in the 2009 Juno Awards. The song “Stay Free” from In the Future was featured on the Spider-Man 3 soundtrack.
In 2005 the band opened for Coldplay on their Twisted Logic Tour for three weeks, with their final opening in San Diego.
In September 2010 Black Mountain performed in an amphitheater located in the woods of Oisterwijk at the Incubate (festival) in Tilburg, Netherlands.
Leader Stephen McBean also heads another similarly named band, Pink Mountaintops, who are the more experimental side of McBean’s musical abilities. Black Mountain is the front line band for Black Mountain Army, a collective of musicians, artists and friends in Vancouver. In an interview the
band said “Black Mountain is just the five of us. The Black Mountain Army… which has kind of gotten blown out of proportion, it was kind of just a joke, because everybody thought we were this hippie collective, like we all lived in one house. But it’s basically just our friends at home in Vancouver, just our extended family of creative people that we know.”
Several members of the band have, for as long as a decade, worked for organizations that meet the basic living requirements of the chronically poor, drug addicted and mentally ill in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighborhood, such as Insite. In an interview, the band said: “After work we all try not to think too hard about the effect it has on our lives. It keeps us grounded.”
Wilderness Heart was named as a longlisted nominee for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize.