Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Album review: Arlington band Bad Mountain delivers Americana bliss
The disc is currently available online only until they raise funds for a physical CD.
You know you've hit the jackpot when you're streaming music online and you almost instantly search for the “download” or “donate” tab. That's what happened when I listened to Arlington band Bad Mountain's self-titled, six-song debut.
Their nostalgic sound steps right out of a John Wayne movie, dusty saloon piano and all. Front man Jesse Anderson uses a rough-around-the-edges inflection and a fuzzy speaker box pedal for a soapbox. His band members are heavy-hitting locals: Daniel Creamer of Dovetail delivers flighty keys for a satisfying contradiction of exuberance and heartbreak. Nate Wedan of Somebody’s Darling plays percussion.
Opening track “Even On A Rainy Day” is anything but dreary, with Anderson’s translucent chords and a humming upright bass to guide the way. And what bluesy Americana group is complete without a whining harmonica? It comes through loud and clear in “A Woman Like This” — a heartbreaking track about love lost. Anderson’s vocals come screeching to a halt when it matters most, leaving you with the same sinking feeling he had while writing the dismal number.
The guys are working on a successful Kickstarter fundraiser, asking for donations for “proper packaging” for the new EP and the creation of their first music video. Check out Bandcamp to hear the heart-thumping tunes for yourself, or head to The Prophet Bar on November 6 for a live rendition.
Bad Mountain's EP is now available
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