Black Mountain, Mono – Tickets – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON – November 19th, 2019

Black Mountain, Mono

Lee's Palace Presents

Black Mountain


Ryley Walker

Tue 11/19

Doors: 7:00 pm

Toronto, ON


This event is 19 and over



Advance tickets also available at Rotate This & Soundscapes 

Black Mountain
Black Mountain
Black Mountain’s Stephen McBean turned 16 after Woodstock but before Varg
started burning down Norwegian churches. And yet, until just two short years
ago, McBean had lived his entire adolescence and adult life without a proper
driver’s license, that first and most coveted ticket to personal independence.
Black Mountain’s new album, Destroyer, is imbued with all that wild-ass freedom
and newfound agency (and anxiety and fear) that comes with one's first time
behind the wheel.
Destroyer, named after the discontinued single-run 1985 Dodge Destroyer muscle
car, is structured around the feeling of driving a hot rod. The album exists in the
middle of the early-to-mid 80s Los Angeles war between punk and hair metal - it’s
exhilarating, spirited, and dangerous. Throughout, youthful themes run rampant:
“Boogie Lover” cruises down the Sunset Strip, “Horns Arising” is a fill-up at a
desert gas station just in time to see a UFO hovering near a mesa, and “High Rise”
rounds out a sense of teenage discovery.
To create Destroyer, McBean shacked himself up in his rehearsal space and
invited over friends from the endless rock’n’roll highway, bringing to life 22 songs.
While some were laid back into shallow graves to dig up once again at a later
date, the others were left above ground and polished and given life, some
transformed by longtime band member Jeremy Schmidt. This generation of Black
Mountain also sees new members Rachel Fannan (Sleepy Sun) and Adam
Bulgasem (Dommengang & Soft Kill) as well as familiar collaborators Kliph
Scurlock (Flaming Lips), Kid Millions (Oneida) and John Congleton (St. Vincent,
Swans). 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.
The Tokyo, Japan based 4 piece Instrumental Rock band MONO was originally formed in 1999. Their unique approach of blending orchestral arrangements and shoegaze guitar noise in their music has been held in extremely high regard; so much so, that the band’s musicianship can no longer be sustained by Rock music alone and was praised by British Musical Magazine NME as “This is music for the Gods”. One of the most monumental live memories of the band was a special set of shows with 23-piece orchestra in New York, Tokyo, London and Melbourne.

Their annual world tour consists of around 150 shows. The band has now visited over 50 countries and proudly holds the stake of being one of the most internationally successful bands in Japan. Among their fans, they are revered as one of the best live bands in Rock.

After releasing 9 successful albums including a live album with New York orchestra, the band received the highly regarded award “The Marshall Hawkins Awards: Best Musical Score - Featurette” from the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema for their collaborative short film “Where We Begin” in 2015.

Now in 2016, the band has finished recording their 9th album with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio, Chicago. The album is set for an Autumn 2016 release.
Ryley Walker
Ryley Walker
American singer and songwriter
Venue Information:
Lee's Palace
529 Bloor St. West
Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y5