Seattle locals Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band have gained a significant cult following since their inception. After signing to Dead Oceans (whose roster includes Akron/Family and John Vanderslice) supporting their infectious indie rock with North American tours opening for Bishop Allen and performances at the Gorge’s Sasquatch! Festival. Though the young quintet is well-traveled, that hasn’t come at the expense of their music, and “Leaving Trails” is a perfect example of a band on the rise. Whether it’s the anthemic Strokes-style guitar riffs or lead vocalist Benjamin Verdoes’ Thom Yorke-esque croon, “Trails” is a rapturous display of pseudo-psychedelic indie rock.
In the song’s video, directed by that go (Noel Paul & Stefan Moore), a backyard party scene is disrupted by a Lynchian spinning camera. Band members circle and mouth words while in the background, identical counterparts light fires, smoke, hang from trees, and engage in other youthful activities. Watch below, and check out a free download of “Leaving Trails” as part of KEXP’s Song of the Day podcast.
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band is opening for The Dismemberment Plan this Saturday, 3/12, at Seattle’s Showbox SoDo. Grab your tickets now!