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.”
After founding Jerk with a Bomb in the late ’90s, Stephen McBean had by the mid-2000s transformed the Vancouver-area band into a group called Black Mountain. Drawing on blues, psychedelia, acid rock, and the Velvet Underground, Black Mountain’s sound was a cross between the darkness and grit of the Warlocks and Brian Jonestown Massacre’s trippiness. After debuting in October 2004 on Jagjaguwar with the 12” Druganaut, Black Mountain stayed with the label for an eponymous full-length, issued the following January.
Joining McBean for the album were local players Matthew Camirand, Jeremy Schmidt, Joshua Wells, and Amber Webber, listed collectively to preserve the band’s communal ethic. (Black Mountain ran concurrent to and intermingled with McBean’s other band, lo-fi classic rockers Pink Mountaintops.)
In January 2008, the group released their sophomore album, In the Future, and showed off their willingness to explore proggy (druggy) territory with the 17-minute opus “Bright Lights.”
The group’s third, full length album, Wilderness Heart, arrived in 2010.
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the release of “Black Mountain”, expect a Best-Of-Set covering all of the band´s releases.
Vidunder from Malmö, a city in the south part of Sweden, features Martin Prim (vocals and guitar), Linus Larsson (bass) and Jens Rasmussen (drums). The band was formed in mid-2011 and it didn’t take long before they released their debut single Asmodeus on Crusher Records (the very same year). The release was followed by gigs around Sweden.
In late 2012, it was once again time to step into the studio, this time to begin the recording of the Vidunder debut album. The result was a ten tracks album. On the album can be found, for instance, Summoning The Not Living, reminding of a young Roky Erickson and his 13th Floor Elevators; the bluesy ballad Threefold giving the album a balance to the more heavier and up-tempo songs; Threat From The Underground which is one of the three tracks on this album with guest appearance by guitarist John Hoyles (guitarist of Spiders, ex-member of Witchcraft and Troubled Horse).
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