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Watch: Mount Carmel on Red Bull Soundstage

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So Red Bull recently launched Soundstage, a bilateral video blog meant to assist emerging artists to a new level of notoriety based on public interaction and strategic industry recognition. Yesterday, Mount Carmel posted their session on their Facebook page… a 12+ minute video that juxtaposes their assiduous dedication to their occupation (self-started dumpster company) and their craft (blues rock) with their uncomplicated mentality on being a band.

“We had no expectations and we felt in our hearts what we were doing was important to us, at least… There are points in your life where having that helps you move along. ” – bassist Pat Reed

“You shouldn’t join a band to be successful, to be famous. You should join a band because you like playing music.” – drummer Kevin Skubak

“No matter what, I’m doing this ’til I’m 60.” – singer/guitarist Matt Reed

Watch the whole piece above, complete with yet another quality Lost Weekend cameo.

Mount Carmel’s autumn dates supporting NOLA-based Down and Warbeast to be announced soon.

Mount Carmel’s Real Women

MP3: Mount Carmel – Real Women

Upon first listen of Mount Carmel’s second full length release Real Women, one cannot deny how far these dudes have come since their debut. While the subject matter is less diverse, the songwriting is stronger, the musicianship is tighter and I’m willing to bet this progression alone makes for a pretty badass live show at the moment.

Upon second, third and twentieth listen, I LOVE Real Women and the instant nostalgia it makes me feel for Ohio rock music. Whilst The Black Keys have set the pace for born-and-bred Buckeye rock globally now, Mount Carmel visits the more visceral jazz and blues side of our homeland. This record came to me at the perfect moment during a winter funk where I had just finished re-watching Freaks and Geeks. There’s no doubt in my mind that Judd Apatow would have spent his impressionable teen years wearing out the grooves of Real Women had it been released 35 years ago.

Brilliantly recorded by Adam Smith at CDR and Musicol, this record is bound to be an asset to Siltbreeze and hopefully ensure some heavy touring for Matt, Pat and Kevin for the rest of 2012. Be sure to pick up a copy at your favorite local record store.

Check out the band’s recent spotlight on NPR’s “All Songs Considered” for their title track off of Real Women.

Sunday: The Sword @ Outland

Gonna be a heavy-ass weekend in Columbus. Start off with with the sludgy/stoner/’70s-rock Saviours at Ace of Cups on Saturday night (w/ Ramming Speed, Charlie Hustle, and Yeti) and follow it up with the head-bashing triple bill of The Sword, Black Cobra and Mount Carmel at Outland on Liberty on Sunday. Both of these shows are the ONLY Ohio shows on these individual tour itineraries. Take that Cleveland and Cincinnati!

The Sword’s 2010 release, Warp Riders, is an unironic slab of monolithic Sabbath-y riffs as interpreted by a Texas band with early ZZ Top flowing in their bloodstream. At least that’s the way I hear it. This is The Sword’s first appearance in Columbus since a sold-out January 2009 date at the Ravari Room. The Sword is on tour with Kyuss Lives (too bad we couldn’t get THAT bill here) and doing Columbus as a one-off. Not to be outdone, Black Cobra’s latest, Invernal, sounds like Ministry without the industrial noises. Pretty hardcore and in-yer-muthafuckin-face if you ask me (did you?).

Tickets for The Sword show are $15 at the door.

Photo wrap-up: Nelsonville Day 1: Hex Net, Justin Townes Earle, Whale Zombie, George Jones, Nick Tolford & Co, Mount Carmel, Bomba Estereno, The Growlers

After the debacle of actually getting down to Nelsonville from Columbus (accident blocking both lanes on 33-E, some very unprofessional actions of Speedway employees…) I finally arrived about an hour after planned but the night was just starting.
Here’s my photo wrap-up of Friday’s events.

Porch Stage (2nd stage)

Bomba Estereo

Columbus’s own Nick Tolford

George Jones was the headliner today

Now for very many more photos from yesterday’s festival!
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Tonight in Columbus: Birds of Maya, Mount Carmel, Churches Burn

MP3: Birds of Maya – Regulation Side A


Philly cats Birds of Maya just released a 3 song double lp called “Ready to Howl”.

Columbus dudes Mount Carmel just released their first record on Siltbreeze.

Other Columbus guys Churches Burn never sleep.

This Cafe Bourbon St. show is gonna be loud and rad as hell.

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Columbus band Mount Carmel to release next record on Siltbreeze


Mount Carmel has been getting some local love on the message board recently, and the band’s profile is sure to grow before our very eyes with news of the trio’s next record coming out on Siltbreeze — an especially familiar name in Columbus b/c of Times New Viking, Psychedelic Horseshit and ex-pat Pink Reason, all of whom have releases on the boutique Philly label. (Good work, Columbus.)

Ah, but don’t start the gripefest just yet, shitgaze haters. If you’re not familiar with Mount Carmel, this trio — Kevin Skubak and brothers Pat and Matthew Reed — gets compared to Cream whenever I hear their name come up. So you’re more likely to catch them playing with fellow blues-rock lovers The Main Street Gospel than with local Siltbreeze labelmates.

Still, it’s blues-rock under the influence of Siltbreeze’s longtime Ohio affiliate Mike Rep. And maybe it’s not such a big leap for Siltbreeze after all, given TNV’s infatuation with the ’60s. Now Mount Carmel brings us the ’70s. (I know, Cream broke up in ’69. But you get what I mean.)

Anyway, as Pat Reed tells Donewaiting, “We went to Musicol with Mike [Rep] and Adam Smith for a day this summer. They set a bunch of mics and stuff up and we played. We had a real fun time.” Rep and Smith also mixed the album, which Reed says should be around 40 minutes and is due to come out in late February or March on Siltbreeze.

Upcoming Mount Carmel shows in Columbus:
11/6: The Treehouse w/ Brainbow, Val
11/23: Carabar w/ Earthless
12/26: Carabar w/ Nick Tolford and Company

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