This year seems to bring forth some of the finest works of post-metal in years and we’ve already seen a fair share of stunning records. Though a special gem is awaiting us still. Mountaineer’s upcoming record Passages is a gem of atmospheric glory you will not forget and we here at It Djents talked to the fine musicians of Mountaineer and discussed their music, their inspirations and the band itself.
Mountaineer consists of Miguel (vocals), Clayton (guitars), and Patrick (drums). The band came together when vocalist Miguel found an advertisement posted on an old guitar shop about Clayton looking for a singer. It worked out great from there and they played together for some years. When Clayton’s band, Secrets Of The Sky, came to a halt, he shifted his focus on Mountaineer full-time as he had roughly worked out a few songs with Miguel. Sean McCullough from a band named Lament Cityscapes helped them out on drums for their first record before Patrick joined. Patrick already knew Clayton from his old band, so when their former moved they started working together.
When asked if they always wanted to be musicians, Miguel had to say the following: ‘I’ve always known from a very young age that I wanted to be a musician. Making music has always been the best outlet for me to exorcise any demons and express my feelings‘.
Some of you may want to know now why this particular name was chosen. Well, the answer is as simple as it is indubitably on point: They are all active mountain climbers.
But what defines Mountaineer really is their signature mix of smashing post-metal and ambient, intricately layered, shoegaze-inspired instrumentals. Their songs are rich and romantic in a way that almost screams noir. Of course you get all of this not without a good portion of slammingly low guitars, enabled through the use of Sunn amps and the trusty ProCo Rat. Clayton had the following to say to their approach to writing the new record:
‘It’s interesting because for this new album, Passages, I wanted to try something different. So I would come home at night and write the first thing that popped into my head, usually about 3-4 minutes’ worth of music with all of the layered guitars and then the next night I would pick up where I left off, and continue with the first thing that came to me and so on. So I pretty much had the album demoed out in a couple of weeks. Patrick added drums to the demo, Miguel added vocals and it was all very easy… almost spontaneous. It was a fun exercise and we are really proud of the way this kind of ‘stream of consciousness’ style of writing turned out’.
Lyrically, the band plays very intimately with the thought of the afterlife on the new record. Clayton even suggested that this will be a concept record, in which the listener has to read between the lines. This lyrical theme together with the ethereal sound and angelic tone of the band makes for a very intimate experience when listening to their music.
It Djents is excited for their upcoming release and wishes the band all the best!
Miguel Meza – Vocals
Clayton Bartholomew – Guitars and bass
Patrick Spain – Drums