On June 10th Sebastien Grainger and The Mountains will release their long-awaited debut, ‘American Names’, as a digital EP and 7” on the Outside Music label. The digital EP will be exclusive to iTunes Canada and will also be available for purchase at upcoming shows in the form of a poster which will come with a unique code that will give access to the download. The two-track 7" will also be available in stores on June 10th.
￼￼Based in Toronto, the former drummer and vocalist of Death From Above 1979 had been writing and recording in the city’s Giant Studios. Having played a few shows with just a guitar and wanting a more dynamic live show, friends Leon Taheny (Germans), Nick Sewell (Illuminati) and Andrew Scott (Bicycles & The Meligrove Band) joined up for a few practices and The Mountains came together.
Touring as a four piece band, songs that were originally written alone became energized. They were brought back to the studio to be given Grainger’s layered, “wall of sound” production. The outcome is a new sound that followers of his previous musical endeavors may be surprised to hear. And while his new songs may have an affinity for the balladry of days gone by, Grainger manages to remain contemporary.
Sebastien Grainger and The Mountains have already toured with the likes of Bloc Party, Albert Hammond Jr., Metric and performed at SXSW. More dates will be announced shortly with their full-length debut to be released in the fall.
“I don't want to make a ‘solo album’,” says Grainger. “The idea of collaboration has always appealed to me. What began as more relaxed acoustic guitar and piano based songs have since taken on a more primal and immediate form. The melodies and ideas are still there, only now with the band they live instead of dream.”
‘American Names’ Tracklisting:
7" - American Names, Ways To Come Home
EP: American Names, Ways To Come Home, Map Of The World, Epilogue (Somewhere Over The Hobo)