Published Oct 22, 2008After a good year of touring the shit out of the Polaris Prize-nominated In the Future, Vancouvers retro rock specialists Black Mountain are shining the spotlight back on their side-projects.
Stephen McBean has just announced that his Pink Mountaintops will be playing a one-off show at Torontos Drake Hotel on November 7 (tickets go on sale tomorrow, October 23). As previously reported, McBean has been in and out of Vancouvers Hive studio plotting his follow-up to Pink Mountaintops 2006 album, Axis of Evol, so chances are he will have a chunk of new material at the show to mix in with the old. No word though on when we can expect the new album.
Also, Black Mountains keyboard maestro Jeremy Schmidt told Exclaim! this week that he too has been working on new recordings with his Sinoia Caves project, which havent released a full-length since 2002s brilliantly tripped-out synth epic, The Enchanter Persuaded. However, Schmidt was unsure when, or even if, he will release the recordings for public consumption.
On the Lightning Dust front, Joshua Wells and Amber Webbers duo are also going into the studio next month to work on their sophomore release. On Lightning Dusts MySpace blog, Wells and Webber said we can expect the new album next summer or fall via Jagjaguwar. In the meantime, they have a demo of new song "Antonia Jane on their MySpace and a trio of West coast tour dates lined up.
Here are Lightning Dusts live dates:
12/11 Seattle, WA - Neumos *
12/12 Vancouver, BC - Richards on Richards *
12/13 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *
* with Cave Singers
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