The Aussie based quintet Mt. Mountain consists of vocalist Stephen Bailey, Thomas Cahill on the drums, Glenn Palmer with guitar/synth, Brendan Shanley on bass, and Derrick Treatch on guitar. They’ve amassed an enormous following in a relatively short length of time, with their first album Cosmos Terros dropping in 2016, swiftly followed by 2017’s album Dust and 2018’s Golden Rise, they’ve toured and worked religiously to put out consistently epic music and to put on all-consuming live gigs. Unsurprisingly, it was about time the lads took a break, and with three years since their last album, we’re thirsty for some Mt. Mountain Dew.
Fourth album Centre is due for release on February 26th, and Stephen explains “The album for me, lyrically, is mostly about my experience of religion. It explores these concepts and the rules that were told to me from childhood to adulthood and my thoughts on my own connection to them. Similar themes arise between the tracks whether it be lyrically or structural, both a play on repetition and simplicity. ‘Second Home’ is a play on the idea of the afterlife: our second home not being heaven or hell but here on earth.”
‘Second Home’ is the idyllic song for late night road trips and exploring strange cities. It’s head-bouncingly, nose-scrunchingly, foot-tappingly brilliant. Beautifully guitar heavy, without for a second detracting from Stephen’s mellow vocals, you’re taken through a psychedelic tunnel of Willy Wonka proportions. ‘Second Home’ caresses effortlessly from epically heavy in one moment, to meditative the next without batting an eye.
With the countdown on for the release of Centre, the anticipation is building and we just know we’re going to be in for an absolute treat.