Essential Listening: Black Mountain – Black Mountain (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (2CD)

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Black Mountain (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (2CD)

It’s a cliché because it’s true - the greatest records are timeless. Black Mountain’s self-titled debut album is just such a record. It is a new classic rock, with reference points arcane and clear, its sound fresh, unfamiliar and irresistible.· 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, BlackMountain’s debut album was, of course, a beginning, but it also marked an ending.Begun as the fourth album for Jerk With A Bomb, the 4-track bedroom project turned non-rock band led by Stephen McBean that preceded Black Mountain, the songs grewfrom skeletal sessions cut by McBean and Josh Wells and honed on the road in emptyNorth American clubs along with Amber Webber.

“We’d lay 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.’”·

The album’s initial success saw the band take to the road, leaving their Vancouver enclave for stages across the world. “It felt like there was a real explosion of excitement at shows,” remembers McBean. “We wouldn’t write set lists, 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 & roll: DJ booths were being transformed back to drum risers, people were digging 20 minute heady 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.”· 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.· The band will be playing anniversary shows to commemorate the release and will continue to be active.· Both the 2CD and 2LP packages come with foil print.· The LP format comes with an album download.

  1. Modern Music
  2. Don’t Run Our Hearts
  3. Around
  4. Druganaut
  5. No Satisfaction
  6. Set Us Free
  7. No Hits
  8. Heart Of Snow
  9. Faulty Times
  10. Druganaut (ExtendedRemix)
  11. Buffalo Swan
  12. Bicycle Man
  13. Behind The Fall
  14. Set Us Free (Demo)
  15. Black Mountain (Demo)
  16. No Satisfaction (UKRadio)
  17. It Wasn’t Arson
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