First The Salteens, then Ladyhawk, and now Black Mountain. Lately my listening habits have been reflecting my homesickness as all three Vancouver bands have been getting regular play on my iPod in recent weeks. Of the three, it’s Black Mountain that fulfill that Vancouver-shaped hole the best.
If I was in high school now I’m pretty sure my friends and I would love Black Mountain. I remember in Grade 12 when a bunch of us would gather every Friday night at a friend’s house. We’d watch Oz, The Tom Green Show, and spend copious amounts of time in the yard sitting around talking absolute shit.
It. Was. Great.
I can almost picture us putting on a Black Mountain record and debating whether they were “our” Black Sabbath. We’d have probably spent time figuring out the opening riff of Stormy High, the opening track from their new record, In The Future. It’s one of those riffs that just begs to be learned and played over and over again until every last person around you tells you to piss off. In fact there are lots of huge riffs on this album that practically dare you to turn up your stereo as loud as possible and entertain the neighbours. The opening Of Tyrants, perhaps…
Black Mountain – Tyrants
In The Future is a big, big record. Crashing cymbals, epic guitars, and soaring vocals all encased in a darkness befitting a city where the sun only comes out four times a year. I love it.