Mount Sharp began on a rooftop in Brooklyn, or on a boat in Maine, or perhaps somewhere in between. Either way, the band grew around the bittersweet, poetic songwriting of Swood (Sarah Wood) paired with Bryan Bruchman’s noisy, chaotic tendencies around 2012. On 2014’s WEIRD FEARS EP (with the rhythm section of Ryan Zumsen and Maia Macdonald), the band exhibited a blast of unbridled energy, excitement, and confusion – a fitting soundtrack to a brief blissful, carefree time before so much changed. The band – now with Sal Garro and Jonathan Pilkington Kahnt firmly holding down the drums and bass – has matured, and the songs are maybe a little more serious, maybe a little more reflective, but no less cutting and catchy. Taking inspiration from the cosmos, sci fi tv, and the messed up state of the world, Mount Sharp puts all the feels into song.
Swood writes songs but is not quite sure how they aren’t all about sad robots in space (or cats).
Bryan is a guitarist who makes pictures and videos. He lives in the suburbs now with his family, which includes a legitimate trash cat in the basement.
Sal is a drummer who lives in a 4:4 human-to-animal household, rides a tricycle as a primary mode of transport, and has a collection of several thousand business cards.
JPK is a bass player who reads all the comic books and always shows up to practice with seltzer and a sci fi book.
Other bands you may know them from, previously and/or currently: Mango Floss, Man in Gray, Marie Stella, Quiet Loudly, Pow Wow!, Flying Pace.
Influences: Fleetwood Mac, Liz Phair, Yo La Tengo, Joanna Newsom, St. Vincent, Robyn, Dinosaur Jr.
RIYL: Hop Along, Speedy Ortiz, Yo La Tengo, Angel Olsen, Waxahatchee
SHARE NEW SINGLE + VIDEO
OUT 2/21 VIA DADSTACHE RECORDS
“refreshingly gimmick free… strong songwriting and appealing vocals setting their fuzzy guitar pop apart from the pack.”
“there’s plenty of mystical swooning and swelling guitar fuzz.”
“If you’re looking for just a really solid band fronted by an adorable queer, Mount Sharp—and Sarah Wood—is for you. This is catchy guitar indie-pop rock that’s danceable and super-fun to see live… it’ll make you feel happy to be alive.”
WATCH & SHARE: Mount Sharp – “Apostate”
WATCH & SHARE: Mount Sharp – “Ordinary”
Mount Sharp is back. With their first release in five years, it’s like they never left. The new LP, That Shadow, is due out on February 21 via Dadstache Records. Today, not only is the band playing a show at EWEL, but they’re also releasing a new single and video, “Ordinary.”
The first taste of the new record came with first single, “Apostate.” Post-Trash, who premiered the video, says, “Our first taste of the band’s long-awaited new music comes in the form of “Apostate,” a song that pulls from the band’s more serene end, a dreamy song to melt away to during this heat wave. Built on a resonant twang and a pulsating rhythm, the song breathes at a natural clip, drawing between a soft intimacy and a thick fuzzy build up by the bridge. There’s a syrupy quality to the vocals that stick with you after the song has ended, and while you may not instantly remember the lyrics, the melody is now part of consciousness, like a distant memory that repeats in your mind.”
Brooklyn Vegan, says, “It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from Mount Sharp, the band led by singer-songwriter Sarah Wood.” The reason for that is hiatus is nothing sad, and it’s surely not creative difference. Starting a family can take time and energy, but music always has a way of following those who make it.
That Shadow follows, too. It’s full of sticky melodies, lyrics that cut, and surging waves of noise. It’s designed to get under the skin. Inspired by years of watching all the assholes they know win, figuring out how to be kinder to themselves, and all the beautiful and tragic machines in space, the band says the record is everything that pulls them to look behind themselves. They believe we should be looking up and dreaming.
Grounded by vivid, striking (and often deeply nerdy, see: odes to Carl Sagan in Voyagers I & II) storytelling & lyrics, the album radiates with anxiety, longing, and battered hope.
All tracks were produced by Brian Sendrowitz (of Beat Radio) at Miracle Flag in Bellmore, NY, mastered by Sarah Register (of Talk Normal, credits include Protomartyr, Caroline Rose, Chastity Belt, Big Thief, Lower Dens, and Big Ups), and with artwork using images of textile artist Jenna Breiter’s work, including an original illustration for the LP cover.
MOUNT SHARP 2020 TOUR DATES
1/24 – EWEL – Brooklyn, NY
2/22 – Gutter (record release show) – Brooklyn, NY
That Shadow Tracklist:
6. Voyager I
8. The Spin
10. Sometimes I know
11. Voyager II