Profile: L.A.’s Psychedelic Heavy Hitters – Mountain Tamer

Mountain Tamer

If you think of that scene in the ’69 classic Easy Rider, when the group goes on a bad, bad LSD trip, every time you hear or see the word ‘psychedelic’ you’re not alone. I’m right there with you and evidently Mountain Tamer is as well. On their upcoming full length Godfortune//Dark Matters the band would be poised to do the soundtrack if said ’69 classic were to be made today or remade as so often is the case. This album is full of hefty fuzz, riffs for days and echoed vocals that trick your brain into thinking you’re already on a trip…somewhere……in outer space…….or something that involves a hit….of something. Seriously though, MTNTMR has impressed the hell out of me with their Floydish songwriting skills and satanic biker mentality. We recently sent them our set of Profile questions to learn more and now you get to join in the knowledge. Don’t forget to visit the links contained within to show them and their labels some support! 

Mountain Tamer - Godfortune Dark Matters

How did each band member first get into playing music?

We all started playing when we were just wee little lads of 10 and 11 years old. Andrew’s (guitar/vocals) older brother was a drummer for punk and metal bands which helped him find the guitar. Dave (bass) heard Geezer Butler’s work on “NIB” at 11 years old and had to pick up the bass. After repeat visits to the principal’s office and countless 4th grade detentions, his parents realized it was high time to get him a Pearl Forum Series.

What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family and friends feel about it?

Metal was something passed down from our parents. When you hear Black Sabbath from a young age you don’t really have a choice but to rock.

It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?

Mountain Tamer supports anyone and everyone. All we want is for people to get over their social hang ups and be free.

What’s your goal?  You guys thinking world domination?  Saving a continent, or maybe invading one?  Any interest in starting a cult?  Tell us what you’re aiming for with this band.

World domination is at hand. The masses will be brainwashed by the MTNTMR sound.

When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)

Ronald Dregan – Mac Dre, The Fat Of The Land – The Prodigy, Chapter II – Great Electric Quest

What’s the most you’ve ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, tell us any funny/embarrassing story about the band.)

Never debase yourself.

We were filming a music video a few years ago where all three of us doused our whole bodies in fake blood. There was nowhere to wash on set when we wrapped so we hopped in the van and drove around town with the windows down yelling HAIL SATAN and SPILL BLOOD FOR THE INFERNAL LORD!

Day jobs or hobbies you want to share?

SKATE OR DIE!

What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal right now?  What are some of the worst?

Women. Female fronted and all female bands are coming up and putting out incredible music. In a genre dominated by men, this alternate perspective is exactly what metal needs.

Something exhausting in the genre is the the obsessive worship of older, classic bands. We appreciate the nostalgia but the approach is tiring when you hear a song from a new band and you almost mistake it for a deep cut from a band you’re already familiar with.

What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?

Expand your musical awareness. Listen to genres of music other than metal.

What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band?  Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?

Godfortune//Dark Matters is out August 24th. Digitally through Magnetic Eye Records with vinyl coming early fall through Nasoni Records.

We have a full US tour in September to support the album. We have some music videos in the works and are always working on writing new material.

Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)

Visionary.

Many thanks to Mountain Tamer for their time!


For more information on the band, visit their official website and Facebook page.

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