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Black Mountain announce new album IV, lengthy spring tour

on January 13, 2016, 5:01pm

Photo by Magdalena Wosinska

Black Mountain released their third album, Wilderness Heart, back in 2010 to mostly rave reviews, including an esteemed Polaris Music Prize nod. On April 1st, the Vancouver alt rockers will follow up that LP with IV.

Due out via Jagjaguwar, the 10-track effort was recorded with producer Randall Dunn, known for his work with Sunn O))) and Marissa Nadler, at his own Avast! studio in Seattle. The band — Stephen McBean, Jeremy Schmidt, Amber Webber, and Joshua Wells — had the additional help of bassist Arjan Miranda (formerly of S.T.R.E.E.T.S, Children, and The Family Band).

According to an official statement, IV is an “unapologetically ambitious record made by a group of musicians who are at the peak of their powers.” It includes titles like “Florian Saucer Attack”, “Constellations”, and “Cemetery Breeding”, which drummer Joshua Wells describes as “a dark pop song with an emotive urgency to it that taps into my teenaged eyeliner-and-trenchcoat wearing sensibilities.”

The statement mentions AC/DC, King Krimson, and Kraftwerk as influences, but Wells makes it a point to emphasize the record’s use of space. “It’s like painting,” he says. “All sound colour. And space is really important. People think of us as this heavy rock band – and we are sometimes – but it has to be tempered with space. There has to be these emotional cues. It’s not just about rocking out.”

Below, check out two teasers for IV.

IV Artwork:
black mountain iv new album Black Mountain announce new album IV, lengthy spring tour

IV Tracklist:
01. Mothers Of The Sun
02. Florian Saucer Attack
03. Defector
04. You Can Dream
05. Constellations
06. Line Them All Up
07. Cemetery Breeding
08. (Over And Over) The Chain
09. Crucify Me
10. Space To Bakersfield

In support of the album, the band will tour Europe and North America this spring.

Black Mountain 2016 Tour Dates:
03/19 – Azores, PT @ Tremor Festival
03/26 – Porto, PT @ Hard Club
03/28 – Lisbon, PT @ Musicbox
03/29 – Lisbon, PT @ Musicbox
03/31 – Madrid, ES @ Sala Arena
04/01 – Barcelona, ES @ Bikini
04/02 – Bilbao, ES @ Kafe Antzoki
04/04 – Turin, IT @ Spazio 211
04/05 – Bologna, IT @ Lokomotiv
04/06 – Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
04/07 – Geneva, CH @ PTR Usine
04/08 – Paris, FR @ La Fleche D’Or
04/09 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
04/10 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
04/12 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
04/13 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
04/14 – Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn Festival
04/15 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg Oud Zaal
04/16 – Berlin, DE @ Lido
04/21 – Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
04/22 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
04/23 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
04/25 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
04/26 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
04/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge
04/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge
04/29 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
04/29 – Austin, TX @ LEVITATION
05/03 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
05/04 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
05/05 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
05/06 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
05/07 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
05/10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
05/12 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
05/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
05/14 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
05/15 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
05/17 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos
05/18 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
05/19 – Calgary, AB @ Marquee Beer Market + Stage
05/21 – Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom

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