BLACK MOUNTAIN

Black Mountain doesn't have a creation myth, or not exactly: "Most of us were found standing 'round parties wearing similar T-shirts or shoes and nodding our heads to something cool on the stereo," Stephen McBean explains. "Others were heard from behind walls but never seen 'til years later. You share a smoke, do a shot then end up in a van together for what seems like the rest of your life." In the late 1990s, Vancouver wasn't particularly renowned for its raucous, all-encompassing psych-rock scene. "Just like everywhere else, Vancouver's music scene has had its 'up' years, followed by its 'down' years," Matt Camirand says. "When a city is in a musical honeymoon everyone goes to shows, more places start having shows, more people start bands, etc. Soon it's too much of a good thing, people begin to take it for granted and eventually it all dies out like the dinosaurs. I think when Black Mountain started, Vancouver was near the end of a musical honeymoon." That lack of sonic spirit, however disheartening, led to a certain kind of aesthetic freedom. It helped birth a sound swampy, psychedelic, ecstatic, wild unlike much else in the indie-rock universe. "The complete indifference here to rock music in general at least at the time of our formation, it's a bit different now made us completely unselfconscious about what we were doing," Josh Wells adds. "Nobody gave a shit, so we weren't making music for any people in particular." From those dank basement parties, Black Mountain came together organically vocalist Amber Webber was borrowed from another outfit and recruited for a 2003 tour, Jeremy Schmidt, Wells' downstairs roommate, was assimilated based on the strength of his "solo synth-scape/space rock," which according to Wells, "blew their minds" and churned out a handful of striking lo-fi recordings. In 2005, on the strength of those tracks, Black Mountain signed to Jagjaguwar and released its acclaimed eponymous debut. "The band was really just being born during the making of the first record," Schmidt says. A follow-up, In the Future, arrived to critical adulation and copious Devil-horning in early 2008. A little over a year later, Black Mountain's third LP, Wilderness Heart, was built on the west coast of America, in part at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, but predominantly at Sunset Sound, a former automotive repair shop in Hollywood that began as an outpost for Disney (songs for Bambi, Mary Poppins, and 101 Dalmations were laid to tape there) before it went rock n'roll, capturing tracks from The Doors, Ringo Starr, the Rolling Stones, and more. L.A. with its tacos and sunsets, starlets and hills and post-Deco kitsch was a considerable inspiration. "Just being under the influence of one's surroundings, as we were while recording in L.A., had a tremendous impact on the process and the way we play. Consequently, the LA sessions have a free and summery vibe. The Seattle sessions, made in the grey, rainy environs that we're used to up there, have a chillier, more claustrophobic feeling," Wells explains. "Shacking up in Sunset Sound for a few days put a smile on everyone's face," McBean says. "We were definitely spoiled more this time 'round as far being able to plug into a lot of pretty historical gear. There's something about playing an old Martin or Gibson and thinking 'bout how many hands have strummed it and all the songs written on 'em," he continues. "You can't put 'em down you want to continue the lineage." The new record is packed with succinct rock songs that pulse and pound with startling precision: it pummels you, you ask for more. Wilderness Heart is arguably Black Mountain's tightest, most concentrated outing, but there's still plenty of raw rock energy at work. "It's our most metal and most folk oriented record so far," McBean says. "I'm not gonna say it's our best record or the album that we always dreamt of making 'cause that's what everyone says. It's all about where we were at the time the machines were rolling. You can't control the electricity or how your limbs were moving that day. You have to erase the visions and just go along for the ride." "It's a Black Mountain pop record, which is to say it's nothing like pop at all," Wells says. "This was the fastest record we've ever made. We're used to spending a lot of time deliberating over the songs and spacing out recording sessions over years. Start to finish, this album was made in four months, which is something like a miracle for us. We've never worked with producers before and that was a challenge; for us to let go and let two outsiders into the process, D. Sardy and Randall Dunn it took some growing for us to be truly open, but this album is all the better for it." The band cites a slew of disparate influences New Order, King Crimson, Studio 54, Alex Chilton, sunshine, Janis Joplin, Please Kill Me, Shirley Collins, Mickey Newbury, jalapeno salsa, Night of The Hunter, Cactus Taqueria, Funky16Corners podcasts, Dennis Wilson, the house blowing up in the desert at the end of Zabriskie Point but, as Schmidt points out, "Who knows how these things connect with the holistic mix of often dissonant forces that become Black Mountain?" Indeed: Listen and find out.

TOUR ANNOUNCE // Black Mountain Announce 10 Year Anniversary European Tour

2005 was a big year for us. We had just turned 9, and rang in the new year with the release of Black Mountain’s self-titled debut release. Ten years and four more Black Mountain releases later, we are psyched to announce that the band is currently gearing up for an epic 10 year anniversary European tour. Kicking it off June 10th at the 100 Club in London, the band will spend the middle half of June bringing their talents to festivals and venues alike. Full dates are below + check out our expertly-curated Black Mountain playlist above or on our YouTube page.

Black Mountain Tour Dates
[Full dates + Tickets at http://bit.ly/blackmountain_tour]

6/10 – London, UK – 100 Club
6/11 – Paris, FR – Maroquinerie
6/12 – Brussels, BE – Botanique
6/13 – Luzern, CH – B-Sides Festival
6/14 – Vienna, AT – Arena
6/15 – Zagreb, HR – KSET
6/16 – Ljubljana, SI – Menzi Pri Koritu
6/17 – Milano, IT – Magnolia Summer Festival
6/19 – Vitoria-Gasteiz, ES – Azkena Rock Festival
6/21 – Hilvarenbeek, NL – Best Kept Secret

WATCH // Pink Mountaintops Shares “Shakedown” Video Dir. By Simon Chan ft. J. Mascis, Plays FYF Fest This Weekend, EU Dates Start 8/28


A few days in front of their appearance at FYF Fest, Pink Mountaintops have shared a new video for “Shakedown“, off of their latest LP Get Back. Premiering via Stereogum this morning, the video stars Mandy-Lyn Antoniou and dives into a world fueled by headphone sounds, video games and mixed drinks, all the while featuring a cameo by the legendary J. Mascis. ‘Shakedown’ also marks a reunion between Stephen McBean and director Simon Chan, who previously worked together on Black Mountain’s “Hair Song”. For those of you across the pond, be sure to catch the band on their upcoming upcoming European tour. Watch the video above or on Scry Pictures YouTube page here.

Get Back is available now via iTunes, SC Distribution, Amazon, and your local record store.

PINK MOUNTAINTOPS TOUR DATES
[get tickets / all dates at: jagjaguwar.com/tour]
Sun. Aug. 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest (Main Stage – 3:00 PM)
Thurs. Aug. 28 – Cardiff, UK @ The Moon Club
Fri. Aug. 29 – Dorset, UK @ End Of The Road Festival
Sat. Aug. 30 – Manchester, UK @ Roadhouse
Mon. Sept. 1 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Tues. Sept. 2 – Brighton, UK @ Green Dore Store
Thurs. Sept. 4 – Lille, FR @ La Peniche
Fri. Sept. 5 – Heer-Sur-Meuse, BEL @ Deep In The Woods Festival
Sat. Sept. 6 – Maastricht, NL @ Bruis Festival
Sun. Sept. 7 – Groningen, NL @ Vera
Tues. Sept. 9 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
Wed. Sept. 10 – Goteborg, CH @ Pustervik
Thurs. Sept. 11 – Oslo, NOR @ Revolver
Fri. Sept. 12 – Stockholm, CH @ Debaser Strand
Sun. Sept. 14 – Helsinki, FIN @ Kuudes Linja
Tues. Sept. 16 – Vittorio Veneto, ITA @ Bianconiglio
Wed. Sept. 17 – Savignano Sul Rubicone, ITA @ Sidro Club
Thurs. Sept. 18 – Savona, ITA @ Raindogs
Fri. Sept. 19 – Verona, ITA @ Interzona
Sat. Sept. 20 – Firenze, ITA @ Glue

WATCH // Sinoia Caves Shares “Forever Dilating Eye” Video Dir. By Panos Cosmatos Via Wondering Sound, ‘Beyond The Black Rainbow – Original Soundtrack’ Out 9/2 On Jagjaguwar And Death Waltz Records

Back in June we announced the co-release of Sinoia Caves‘ soundtrack to Panos Cosmatos‘ 2012 film, Beyond The Black Rainbow, on September 2nd with Death Waltz Records in Europe. This supposed “lost film” from the 1980s is inspired by obscure sci-fi movies and classic dystopian fiction. Watch the trailer for the movie here. You already heard the track “Forever Dilating Eye” and today Wondering Sound interviewed Jeremy Schmidt of Sinoia Caves about composing the soundtrack and also debuted a new video for the track featuring additional footage from Panos’ film. Read the interview and then watch the video above or on our YouTube channel.

The album will be available physically this fall in the United States including digitally world-wide on Jagjaguwar and physically in Europe in partnership with Death Waltz Records. Vinyl collectors should know the deluxe bundle from us includes clear vinyl and beautiful, glossy Stoughton jackets and a DVD of Beyond The Black Rainbow. That bundle is now available for pre-order via SC Distribution. The album is also available for pre-order on iTunes, Amazon, and your local indie record store.

Sinoia Caves is the ongoing project of Jeremy Schmidt, member of psych-rock pioneers and Jagjaguwar band Black Mountain.

ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Sinoia Caves Announce Soundtrack To Panos Cosmatos’ ‘Beyond The Black Rainbow’ Out 9/2 On Jagjaguwar And Death Waltz Records




Jagjaguwar is thrilled to announce the co-release of Sinoia Caves‘ soundtrack to Panos Cosmatos‘ 2012 film, Beyond The Black Rainbow, on September 2nd. This supposed “lost film” from the 1980s is inspired by obscure sci-fi movies and classic dystopian fiction. Watch the trailer for the movie here. The album will be available in the United States and digitally world-wide on Jagjaguwar and physically in Europe in partnership with Death Waltz Records.

To preview the album, we’ve shared the track “Forever Dilating Eye” via The A.V. Club this morning and you can hear it above or on our YouTube / Soundcloud.

Sinoia Caves is the ongoing project of Jeremy Schmidt, member of psych-rock pioneers and Jagjaguwar band Black Mountain .

Vinyl collectors should know the deluxe bundle includes clear vinyl and beautiful, glossy Stoughton jackets and a DVD of Beyond The Black Rainbow. The bundle is now is available for pre-order via SC Distribution. The album is also available for pre-order on iTunes, Amazon, and your local indie retailer.



BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW – TRACKLISTING
1. Forever Dilating Eye
2. Elena’s Sound-World
3. Run Program: Sentionauts
4. Arboria Tapes – Award Winning Gardens
5. 1983 – Main Titles
6. 1966 – Let The New Age Of Enlightenment Begin
7. Sentionauts II

The Hair Song by Black Mountain

Old Fangs by Black Mountain

Druganaut by Black Mountain

Mary Lou by Black Mountain
Druganaut by Black Mountain
Tyrants by Black Mountain
The Hair Song by Black Mountain
Old Fangs by Black Mountain

06/10/15
London, UK - 100 Club

06/11/15
Paris, FR - Maroquinerie

06/12/15
Brussels, BE - Botanique

06/13/15
Luzern, CH - B-Sides Festival

06/14/15
Vienna, AT - Arena

06/15/15
Zagreb, HR - KSET

06/16/15
Ljubljana, SI - Menzi Pri Koritu

See all upcoming shows

U.S.:
BILLIONS - Adam Voith
3522 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
p: (312) 997-9999 x8236
www.billions.com
e: adam@billions.com

Europe/UK:
Belmont Bookings
Bob van Heur
bob@belmontbookings.nl

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