Black Mountain began at a time when the music scene in their hometown of Vancouver, BC was, according to guitarist and lead singer Stephen McBean, “near the end of a musical honeymoon.” Being born into the beginning of an end is part of what gives Black Mountain their truly unique and arresting sound because as McBean puts it “Nobody gave a shit.” Eight years after their debut EP Destroyer, people certainly do give a shit, and Black Mountain has amassed an incredibly loyal following of fans with their psychedelic blend of stoner metal and acid rock. Closing out day two of the KEXP’s MFNW broadcast live from the Doug Fir Lounge, Black Mountain put on an absolutely incredible performance in anticipation of their headlining slot this evening.
Somberly taking the stage, Black Mountain made it obvious that they are a group founded on a very different kind of showmanship. Focusing all their energy into their set, the band stripped away all unnecessary elements of performance, including addressing the audience beyond a simple “thank you” now and then, although the audience was undoubtedly to enthralled by the heavy and captivating sounds.
Each song began very similarly, a simple beat, airy synth effect, or guitar noise echoing softly before the band began to tightly wind it all together, building and building their collective sounds before an incredible and droning release that thundered through the tiny venue.