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The rise to the top of Mt Mountain

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The rise to the top of Mt Mountain

Perth band Mt Mountain

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Photo via Mt Mountain Facebook page

Perth band Mt Mountain

Photo via Mt Mountain Facebook page

Photo via Mt Mountain Facebook page

Perth band Mt Mountain

Steven Jones, Reporter

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When asked, Mt Mountain describe themselves as a ‘psychedelic-rock 5-piece’. Drawing inspiration from ‘neighboring genres like heavy rock, post rock and kraut rock,’ Mt Mountain really hit the scene in 2014. They released their first EP and won the 2014 Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the West Australian Music Industry (WAMi) Awards. In the same year they also played at In The Pines, a local music festival run by RTRFM.

Since then the band was selected by RTRFM as one of 12 acts to feature in The View From Here, a short film series featuring live performances from various artists. They have also supported numerous big name artists on tour such as Thee Oh Sees, Earthless, and MONO, as well as releasing numerous full-length albums and going on their own tour. Now, five years later they return to In The Pines once again, this time as one of the main acts.

“It’s always a huge honour to be asked to play In The Pines,” the band told me.

“When we first started out it was a pretty big milestone for us to be on the line-up and to come back just a few years later and be much further up the bill makes it just as significant as it was then!”

When we spoke they were excited about playing In The Pines on Sunday April 14. They were one of 20 local bands that played half hour sets in the 10 hour festival, alongside other top Western Australian artists such as Jake Webb (METHYL ETHEL), Grace Barbé and Downsyde.

While Mt Mountain’s focus was on In The Pines, the band is also promising big things to come a little further down the line, potentially as soon as the end of the year. “We are just about done recording our 4th LP and if all goes well we may have something off the new record out, followed by a national tour before this year is done.”

At the start of our interview I asked Mt Mountain to describe themselves and their music because it’s hard to put a label on their diversity. From immersive 17-minute soundscapes such as Dust to upbeat tracks like Cathedral the variation they have track to track is incredible.

When asked about how their music comes about the band explained: “Our writing process usually occurs whilst jamming, so the end result is usually a melting pot of what we’re all listening to and inspired by individually.”

A bunch of friends from Perth, the group formed via a love of skating. “For the most part we are all longtime friends from skateboarding with a common interest in music. Eventually we jammed together and everything snowballed into what it is today.”

But the journey was far from orthodox for Mt Mountain. None of the members have large musical backgrounds yet they make it work. Through persistence and hard work Mt Mountain have made a name for themselves and their presence at In The Pines is a sign of how strong WA music is at the current time.

Mt Mountain at In The Pines 2019

Mt Mountain at In The Pines 2019

Mt Mountain at In The Pines 2019

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The rise to the top of Mt Mountain