[ Jagjaguwar / LP ]
Release Date: Friday 24 May 2019
Shacked up in his rehearsal space, Black Mountain's Stephen McBean found an old chair in an alley, spray painted 'Producer' on the back and pressed record. Friends from the endless rock'n'roll highway were invited over and 22 songs were brought to life. And while some were laid back into shallow graves to dig up once again at a later date, the remaining skeletons were left above ground - given organs, skin, eyes, and the opportunity to grow their hair real long and greasy.
Some of these zombie hesher jams were sent on a journey to Canada where long-time band member Jeremy Schmidt, slipping on the 'Official Collaborator' satin jacket, had at them with his legendary synth arsenal. As he added long flowing robes, sunglasses, driving gloves and medallions, the undead songs began to transform into the new breathing creatures that make up Destroyer. Schmidt's work with these songs was the needed transformative glue for this new era of Black Mountain.
Coming off his newfound automotive freedom, McBean also saw some personnel shuffling within Black Mountain. Both Joshua Wells and Amber Webber have retired their Black Mountain Army uniforms while Arjan Miranda paid his outstanding membership dues and rejoined.
New members include Rachel Fannan (Sleepy Sun) and Adam Bulgasem (Dommengang & Soft Kill) plus other familiar names like Kliph Scurlock (Flaming Lips), Kid Millions (Oneida), and John Congleton (St Vincent, Swans) take a turn in the shotgun seat. Collectively, there's a renewed vitality to Black Mountain on Destroyer - a seasoned, veteran of heady hard rock that's found new, young muscles to flex and roads to explore.
1. Future Shade
2. Horns Arising
3. Closer To The Edge
4. High Rise
5. Pretty Little Lazies
6. Boogie Lover
7. Licensed To Drive