Doom Mountain from Brisbane in Australia is the alt-indie quartet of Jake Lanyon (Vocals / Rhythm Guitar), Lee Neagle (Lead Guitar), Jackson Minter (Bass) and Robert Steel (Drums).
Formed less than a year ago Doom Mountain are musicians who can wring the most out of the material as they deliver music with a solid foundation rooted in rock, to which they intoxicate the listener with added shimmering guitars, reverb and fuzz.
Whilst still formulating their sound it is undoubtedly when they head towards the gloomy slower pieces that the quartet excel and you will find yourself checking there really isn’t dank dripping moss on the ceiling.
With a keen ear on building the layers effectively through variations in tempo Doom Mountain indicate their abilities as song writers and to this they bring to bear maximum value from the two guitars, which whilst allowed to add flourishing strokes to the tracks are not permitted to stray off course.
With more than a dozen songs already written Doom Mountain have easily been able to transition into the live scene, with more activity going on in developing the song-writing. Although there are only four tracks available to hear for those who can’t get out to see them, I have heard there are plans for an EP later this year, so with luck those of us who don’t live in Australia will have more to feast our ears on pretty soon.
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Elm Treason – a rock outfit from Staten Island in the USA is the duo of Andrew Roman and Robert Steel.
Sometimes glittering guitars are what makes for a focal point that makes perfect sense and Elm Treason is one of those occasions. In principle extended guitar sequences should send me off to read a book, however these guys are able to make those interventions not only relevant, but the focal point of interest.
Undoubtedly talented and confident musicians Elm Treason in a few short tracks are able to lift the listener to a sense of well-being with their optimistic and shimmering electronic and acoustic flecks of gold. When creators are so relaxed into their groove they have the ability to take even the most jaded ears into a state of reverie into a genre they normally recoil from – that is the ultimate testament of creativity.
Seamlessly, they add a new dimension to a style of music that theoretically has been ploughed, resown, reaped and recycled, yet Elm Treason add something new and invigorating to it all.
With a recent EP behind them (With You – which is available on iTunes*) and a new LP Days Of Reaction scheduled in short order, I look forward to hearing more of what is at the core a mainstream rock band – and it isn’t very often you find me writing those words.
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