Vancouver’s one-of-a-kind psych-rock group Black Mountain returns to Habitat on Thursday, May 26.
Two years and one album later, Black Mountain are ready to revisit the venue, alongside special guests Slow Learners, also from Vancouver. Since their last appearance in Kelowna, Black Mountain has toured overseas, played numerous festival lineups, and last September released their latest album Wilderness Heart.
The album is packed with succinct rock songs that pulse and pound with startling precision—it pummels you and you ask for more. This is arguably the band’s tightest, most concentrated venture, but there’s still plenty of raw rock energy at work.
“It’s our most metal and most folk-oriented record so far,” Black Mountain’s Stephen 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,” Joshua 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,” Wells says. “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.”
Black Mountain formed in 2004 but didn’t surface into the spotlight until they signed to Jagjaguwar and released their Druganaut EP in 2005.
To much critical acclaim, the band later released the full-length In the Future, in 2008.
Still running hot off the success and accolades received from Wilderness Heart, the band continues to shock and awe fans with their melodic, heavy, yet at the same time soft, blend of classic metal and psychedelic folk rock.
Tickets for Black Mountain at Habitat, 248 Leon Ave., on May 26 are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are going fast so be sure to purchase yours in advance at Leo’s Video, Tweaked and Yummy Vintage Apparel, or online at estore.thehabitat.ca. For more information visit www.thehabitat.ca.
Pyper Geddes is the Habitat general manger and an A-OK Contributor.