10 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It might be time for Steve McBean to declare Pink Mountaintops his day gig and shove Black Mountain over to the night shift. The fourth PM album has McBean showing off his love for rock ’n’ roll by playing it without compromise. If the “concept” element of this gets a tad too obvious on “Sell Your Soul,” it’s more than made up for with the natural blare of “Ambulance City,” “The Second Summer of Love,” and “Through All the Worry,” where the sounds lean toward the nasty and the loud. J Mascis, Darker My Love’s Rob Barbato, and Giant Drag’s Annie Hardy are among the party-crashers who give the album a loose, joyous, celebratory tone that can’t be faked (or scripted to happen). “New Teenage Mutilation” echoes the barroom slur of Lucinda Williams singing “Metal Firecracker,” with an extra nudge from actual cowbell that every song is allegedly in more need of. “Sixteen” distorts in a lo-fi attack that sounds like what’s really meant by "cow-punk."

EDITORS’ NOTES

It might be time for Steve McBean to declare Pink Mountaintops his day gig and shove Black Mountain over to the night shift. The fourth PM album has McBean showing off his love for rock ’n’ roll by playing it without compromise. If the “concept” element of this gets a tad too obvious on “Sell Your Soul,” it’s more than made up for with the natural blare of “Ambulance City,” “The Second Summer of Love,” and “Through All the Worry,” where the sounds lean toward the nasty and the loud. J Mascis, Darker My Love’s Rob Barbato, and Giant Drag’s Annie Hardy are among the party-crashers who give the album a loose, joyous, celebratory tone that can’t be faked (or scripted to happen). “New Teenage Mutilation” echoes the barroom slur of Lucinda Williams singing “Metal Firecracker,” with an extra nudge from actual cowbell that every song is allegedly in more need of. “Sixteen” distorts in a lo-fi attack that sounds like what’s really meant by "cow-punk."

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
5 Ratings
5 Ratings
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I Will Gladly Get Back Sir

McBean does filthy things with music. And it's glorious.

The Thunder Ox

McBean's best work yet

Stephen McBean never ceases to amaze me. As a huge fan of all his different bands and projects, I think this is his best work yet. If you thought rock 'n roll was dead, think again. You simply don't hear authentic rock 'n roll like this anymore. My personal favorite on the album is 'Sell Your Soul'. 'New Teenage Mutilation' is a close second. Do yourself a favor and buy this album. Rock 'n roll is alive and well.

About Pink Mountaintops

The "trippy country meets stoner rock" of Vancouver's Pink Mountaintops is the brainchild of Stephen McBean, who is also the singer/songwriter/guitarist for Black Mountain, which was formerly known as Jerk with a Bomb. McBean's solo project was also known by another name, One Easy Skag. He began playing with Jerk with a Bomb in the late '90s, and the band issued three albums and a 7" under that name. By late 2003, both Jerk with a Bomb and One Easy Skag were rechristened with their mountainous names, and in the summer of 2004, the Pink Mountaintops' self-titled debut album arrived. While the album became one of 2005's most prominent indie rock releases, McBean brought Pink Mountaintops back the following year with Axis of Evol. The well-received Outside Love arrived in 2009, followed by a pair of Black Mountain releases (In the Future and Wilderness Heart). The group's fourth studio album, Get Back, dropped in early 2014. ~ Heather Phares

ORIGIN
Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana
FORMED
2003

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