Sometimes we'll get emails from people that describe bands as "meat and potatoes" rock, and we're like WHAT IS THAT AND IS IT GOOD? Like, meat and potatoes can be amazing to eat sometimes, but usually when something that gets described that way it is secretly synonymous with being boring and/or a tired retread of a bunch of shit that came before. Black Mountain are not a meat and potatoes band, although they do put a considerable amount of effort into making songs with a classic rock blueprint. "The Hair Song" is from their third LP Wilderness Heart aka the album with the giant shark floating in the sky on the cover. It's got the kind of classic riff that is virtually embedded in all of our skulls, but it also sounds like the music of a band that has found their sound, and while that sound might be tied to the roots of rock, they're so good at doing it that it still sounds fresh.
July 27, 2010