MT MOUN­TAIN RISES TO NEW HEIGHTS

Eastern Reporter - - Lifestyle - Sara Fitz­patrick Mt Moun­tain will play at SOTA on May 30.

IF it wasn’t for the sport of skate­board­ing, Perth psy­che­delic out­fit Mt Moun­tain, may never have formed.

Af­ter meet­ing through the pas­time and rid­ing to­gether, the mem­bers dis­cov­ered a shared in­ter­est in mu­sic.

In 2012, they be­gan jamming with a se­ri­ous view of launch­ing a band.

“Be­fore form­ing I was in a few other groups with Der­rick, who also plays gui­tar in Mt Moun­tain, but none of them went too far,” gui­tarist Glenn Palmer said.

“This one was the first that ac­tu­ally made it to stage.

“We met Thomas (drums) through­out the first year of play­ing shows and asked him to join af­ter de­cid­ing to get some­one to take over on drums to free up Steve (vo­cals, or­gan) and add some other el­e­ments to the sound.”

Palmer said the jour­ney since col­lab­o­rat­ing had been amaz­ing; none of the mem­bers ex­pected to have had the op­por­tu­ni­ties they re­ceived over the past few years.

Af­ter re­leas­ing their demo Omed in 2013, the guys put out a de­but self-pro­duced EP in 2014 which led to them win­ning the 2014 WAM “Break­through Artist” award.

They re­cently fin­ished track­ing their first full-length al­bum, which they will com­plete over the next few months, and hope to tour na­tion­ally in the lat­ter half of the year.

Mt Moun­tain, sound­ing some­where be­tween The Doors and Pink Floyd, is one of sev­eral Aussie out­fits to play the State of the Art (SOTA) mu­sic fes­ti­val on the WA long week­end.

They will share the stage with Birds of Tokyo, You Am I, The Love Junkies, Katy Steele and Down­syde, among oth­ers.

“We’re def­i­nitely all pretty stoked to have been asked to play along­side all the names on this year’s line-up,” Palmer said.

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