BLACK MOUNTAIN

It's only a cliche because it's true, but the greatest records are timeless. Black Mountain's self-titled debut album is just such a record, its roots leading twisting paths back into the past, while always sounding like 'now', like a future still to come. The work of a small collective of musicians operating from Vancouver, Canada, far from any industry buzz but firmly in the eye of their own storm of creativity, Black Mountain's debut album was, of course, a beginning, but it also marked an ending for Jerk With A Bomb, the group that preceded Black Mountain. "Some of us came from the punk scene, but sonically we weren't a punk band." says bandleader Stephen McBean, of the group who, over their three-album lifespan, gathered together three future soldiers in the Black Mountain Army: Joshua Wells, Amber Webber and McBean. "We didn't fit in - round pegs or square holes. We took the new name, and everything fell into place." Begun as the fourth Jerk With A Bomb album, Black Mountain's debut grew from skeletal sessions cut by McBean and Wells. "We laid down the bed tracks, the guitars and drums," remembers McBean. "Matt [Camirand, bass] joined, and we changed the band name after a dream of how life could be different in the B section between Black Flag and Black Sabbath. Josh's roommate Jeremy [Schmidt, keys] was lurking about. We asked him if he wanted to add some synth bleeps or whatever. He came back with all these orchestrated keyboard parts, and we said, 'Oh, you should probably join the band now.'" McBean had been sending Jerk With A Bomb recordings to Chris Swanson of Jagjaguwar since their second album. "They were one of the few labels that got back to us, though they said they weren't looking for new bands," says McBean. But a slow avalanche of further McBean recordings changed their mind; the label even signed Black Mountain's sister group, Pink Mountaintops, whose debut album preceded Black Mountain's by six months. "The advance for recording and mastering Black Mountain was a thousand bucks," says McBean. "And Jagjaguwar said if we sold 3,000 records, that would be good. We were, like, 'Right on!' Because Jerk With A Bomb had sold about twelve records." They cut the album at the Hive in Vancouver, recording in "a big cement room with a tall ceiling, nice boomy acoustics, lots of natural reverb," remembers McBean, "on an 8-track reel-to-reel tape recorder." During the sessions, these elemental first Black Mountain tracks found their true shape: the wry, giddy shuffle of "Modern Music," with its Roxy Music sax and Velvets-y chug; the epic, sky-staring riffage of "Don't Run Our Hearts Around;" the hypnotic, gracefully heavy groove of "Druganaut;" the joyful rush of "No Satisfaction;" the dark, powerful blues of "Set Us Free;" the mysterious murk of "No Hits." Here was a new classic rock, its reference points arcane and clear, its sound fresh, unfamiliar and irresistible. The record easily sold more than the 3,000 Jagjaguwar were initially hoping for, aided by early press plaudits and the word-of-mouth buzz the album stirred. "It happened real quick," remembers McBean. "We got a good review in Pitchfork - I was like, 'What's Pitchfork??' - but it was cool, they were really supportive, as was the UK press. I don't know what the album initially shipped, but they had to scurry and repress it early on." The album's initial success saw the band take to the road, leaving their Vancouver enclave for stages across Canada, America and Europe. "It felt like there was a real explosion of excitement at shows," remembers McBean. "The first couple of tours, we kinda were pretty shambolic. We wouldn't write setlists, we'd just feel the energy in the room and call things out, jamming on songs like 'No Hits' and 'Druganaut.' It was a good time for live rock'n'roll: DJ booths were being transformed back to drum risers, people were digging 20 minute jams and there were bands like Comets On Fire and Oneida out there who we felt kinship with. I was into Faust and Amon Duul but had no idea of the scene of modern bands doing that stuff. And then we met those bands, and it was cool. And then we went on tour with Coldplay...and the adventures continued." Their jaunt across the world as guests of perhaps the biggest band in the world right then is a tale for another time, perhaps: the start of Black Mountain's next chapter, and all that followed. For now, savour the compact, spacey brilliance of that cosmic, heavy and subtle debut album, expanded now with a raft of delicious bonus tracks scavenged from the Black Mountain Army archives. "Once you're done recording and touring a record, it's hard to listen to it again for a long time," says McBean. "but it's fun when you hear your songs in strange contexts and don't recognize them at first, like the other night I was watching some new Kevin Bacon show with a surreal orgy scene and Black Mountain playing in the background. Listening back to the first album again for the remaster, there were lots of things I dug about it, and it brought back a bunch of memories. When we made it, there were no expectations. We were hoping maybe twenty people would dig it. So everything that happened with it was really, really cool."

ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Black Mountain To Release 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Of Self-Titled Debut June 23rd, Announce Tour Dates

It’s only a cliché because it’s true, but the greatest records are timeless. Black Mountain’s self-titled debut album is just such a record, its roots leading twisting paths back into the past, while always sounding like ‘now’, like a future still to come. The work of a small collective of musicians operating from Vancouver, Canada, far from any industry buzz but firmly in the eye of their own storm of creativity, Black Mountain’s debut grew from skeletal sessions cut by Stephen McBean and Joshua Wells. Here was a new classic rock, its reference points arcane and clear, its sound fresh, unfamiliar and irresistible. Savor the compact, spacey brilliance of that cosmic, heavy and subtle debut album, remastered and expanded now with a raft of delicious bonus tracks scavenged from the Black Mountain Army archives. Black Mountain (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) is out June 23rd on Jagjaguwar. Watch the album trailer above or on our YouTube page.

The 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is a double-LP including 8 bonus tracks on limited edition colored vinyl, using foil-print on the first pressing of the litho-wrap gatefold packaging. The records themselves are limited-edition color matched grey double vinyl, as well as standard black vinyl and double disc CD, which are also available with limited edition foil-printing. It includes the original classic album paired with the Druganaut 12″ plus 4 previously unreleased tracks.

Preorder the 10th anniv. edition via Jagjaguwar, iTunes, Amazon, or your local record store.

Black Mountain vinyl

BLACK MOUNTAIN (10TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION) TRACKLISTING

SIDE A
1. Modern Music (2:45)
2. Don’t Run Our Hearts Around (6:04)
3. Druganaut (3:48)
4. No Satisfaction (3:48)
5. Set Us Free (6:46)

SIDE B
6. No Hits (6:45)
7. Heart Of Snow (8:00)
8. Faulty Times (8:35)

SIDE C
9. Druganaut (Extended Remix) (8:15)
10. Buffalo Swan (9:08)
11. Bicycle Man (3:21)

SIDE D
12. Behind The Fall (3:01)
13. Set Us Free (Demo) (5:56)
14. Black Mountain (Demo) (3:27)
15. No Satisfaction (UK Radio) (4:25)
16. It Wasn’t Arson (4:42)

BLACK MOUNTAIN TOUR DATES
[All tickets at http://bit.ly/blackmountain_tour]
5/30 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
6/04 Bellingham, WA – The Shakedown w/ Elephant Stone
6/06 Vancouver, BC- Levitation Vancouver – Malkin Bowl
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
7/15 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Blues fest

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.

The Hair Song by Black Mountain

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Druganaut by Black Mountain

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Druganaut by Black Mountain
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The Hair Song by Black Mountain
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05/30/15
Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle

06/04/15
Bellingham, WA - The Shakedown  w/ Elephant Stone

06/06/15
Vancouver, BC - Levitation Vancouver - Malkin Bowl  w/ Elephant Stone

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

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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