I saw experimental-psych-pop band Pink Mountaintops a long time ago at the FYF fest but I got other occasions to check out frontman Stephen McBean, because he is in tons of other bands such as space-rock band Black Mountains, and Black-Sabbath-to-Black-Flag-influenced Obliterations… which means this guy is all over the place.
I saw White Lungs opening for METZ a few years ago… at the time frontgirl Mish Way had left a strong impression with her unapologetic bad girl character, even though I have always had a problem with young girls admiring Courtney Love a bit too much (she is a big fan obviously). However, you get the idea, and a little of scariness in the vocals may be perfect for Halloween.
Pink Mountaintops and White Lungs have teamed up for a Halloween spirited song and video, which is probably weirder than it is scary. The tune is randomly called ‘Chinese Watermelon’ and the video is very wild, showing gold-covered Stephen McBean emerging from Mish Way’s body. The two are also rocketing through blue skies, then starry space throughout a large part of the song, but there is also a bizarre cowboy popping up from a birthday cake at one point, a witch eating spaghettis, and nothing of this is making any sense of course, but the music is great… It starts like a strange dark western loner, soon morphing into a punk bullet number, creepy and empowering at the same time, while the chorus with these tossed heads seems perfect for the season.
According to Pitchfork, the video was directed by Justin Gradin and Ben Jacques, and the song was produced by Ryan Castle, appearing on the Converse-sponsored Cons EP Vol. 3, which features many other collaborations from artists such as GZA and Sweet Valley, Kim Gordon and J Mascis, Freddie Gibbs with Hanni El Khatib.
Happy Halloween, and this one arrives right on time for October 31st.
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – June 1975 (Volume 7, Number 1)
Smith’s final freelance contribution to Creem.
putting Nigeria on the map
back at # 1 for a third non consecutive week
not a dreamer but a steely eyed businessman and pop musician
Willie Nelson will play at the Palomino fest on Saturday
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1975 (Volume 6, Number 12
Elton John came across as completely engaging
by episode nine, season four, the bastards finally got me sick of Kate!
some hooky and wildly inspired tune
Harry has the summer of his career!