I listened to The Pretty Reckless today, I’ll report back on them when I’ve had more time to check them out, but they’re a straight-ahead banging rock band fronted by ex-actress Taylor Momsen who really is a great rock singer. But I moved on to Black Mountain because I’ve heard them a lot and can’t quite make sense of them. They are Canadian, they are tagged as psychedelic but they are also riffy in a heavy rock kind of a way. Sometimes they sound like Hawkwind, other times indie, other times arty. They have a girl and a guy singing, sometimes separately, sometimes together. They have odd timings and normal timings. You can read all about them on Wikipedia but frankly, it doesn’t tell me much, Stephen McBean seems to be the main man, singer-guitarist. This from their website:
…McBean also saw some personnel shuffling within Black Mountain. Both Joshua Wells and Amber Webber have retired their Black Mountain Army uniforms while Arjan Miranda paid his outstanding membership dues and rejoined. New members include Rachel Fannan (Sleepy Sun) and Adam Bulgasem (Dommengang & Soft Kill) plus other familiar names like Kliph Scurlock (Flaming Lips), Kid Millions (Oneida), and John Congleton (St Vincent, Swans) take a turn in the shotgun seat. Collectively, there’s a renewed vitality to Black Mountain on Destroyer — a seasoned, veteran of heady hard rock that’s found new, young muscles to flex and roads to explore.
I think you really have to go back and listen to early albums as well to get a feel for them. Check out their discography – if you like this kind of thing.
Song Of The Daze
The musical musings in this post are an excerpt from my daily blog, TO WHERE I AM NOW, featured on my main website. See more pictures and read the full post here.