Black Mountain return with new album Destroyer, share second single “Boogie Lover”

Black Mountain return with new album Destroyer, share second single “Boogie Lover”
Photo: Olivia Jaffe

You gotta have significantly-sized cajones to name an album Destroyer. Whether it is in reference to the Dan Bejar-led super-band, Kiss’s billion-selling breakthrough album from 1976, or any number of world-whipping warships throughout history; it’s a heavy word association that damn well better be backed-up in song.

Luckily, there’s no fear of musical floundering when it comes to Vancouver’s Black Mountain and their album titling preferences, whatever the connotation. Named after the single-run 1985 Dodge Destroyer power car, Destroyer is the fifth Black Mountain record, and it’s out May 24 on Jagjaguwar/Dine Alone.

Backed by a bevy of heavy friends both old and new (Jeremy Schmidt, Kliph Scurlock [Flaming Lips], Kid Millions [Oneida], Rachel Fannan [Sleepy Sun], Adam Bulgasem [Dommengang]), Black Mountain are sticking to the lane they know best on Destroyer: hard-driving psych rides — as evidenced by second single, “Boogie Lover.” Never one to give a boring quote, bandleader Stephen McBean says of the track:

Slaying hearts with riffs in search of Geezer wood. This one went into the oven twice as it needed an extra topping. Space doom for lovers. Kliph Scurlock (Flaming Lips) pulled some Kiss outta his cape and Randy Holden came knocking on the front door holding a bridge! Rachel Fannan (Sleepy Sun) baked a cake while Jeremy Schmidt and Tom G. Warrior spaced out on some classic Isaac Hayes. Slow burn in a creaky world.

You’re hardly going to ignore all of that and NOT listen, are you? Shift down to watch the video for “Boogie Lover,” and then scroll further to the tracklist for linkage to the already-released burner, “Future Shade.” Fast lane pre-orders can be had here and here.


Destroyer tracklisting:

01. Future Shade
02. Horns Arising
03. Closer to The Edge
04. High Rise
05. Pretty Little Lazies
06. Boogie Lover
07. Licensed to Drive
08. FD 72

Black Mountain live:

05.09.19 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
05.11.19 - Toronto, ON - Yonge-Dundas Square
05.25.19 - Tucson, AZ - 191 Toole
05.26.19 - Pioneertown, CA - Stoned and Dusted
08.11-19 - Valais, Switzerland - PALP Festival
08.16-18.19 - Las Vegas, NV - Psycho Las Vegas

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