Written By: Ethan Griggs
My Music: ethangriggsmusic.virb.com
Tellingly by their name, Mexico City stoners Electric Mountain bring to mind many bands of the 60’s and 70’s, but the intriguing thing that sets them apart from other revivalist groups is the solid flavor of 90’s grunge they leave in your mouth. It’s not the typical sounding angst of Nirvana or that of the recently deceased Chris Cornell, but rather that of the more freewheeling grunge tycoons such as Stone Temple Pilots; this can especially be heard in singer Gibran’s razor sharp vocals which sound nearly identical to that of Scott Weiland. On their eponymous debut album, the power trio serves up half an hour of no-holes-barred, hard as fuck rock & roll.
Electric Mountain feels like a crash coarse into the most innate elements of stoner rock: sludgy guitars double tracked and slithering around the mix, a gigantic rhythm section courtesy of Max and Jb a la Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell or Ginger Backer and Jack Bruce, and a vocal that is nearly indistinguishable as to what decade it was recorded in. The album opener “Free Woman” plunges forth into a Wolfmother-type anthem and is a thesis for what’s to come.
Just like most classic albums of the past 50 years, there’s plenty of slower moments in order to accent the ups. The gorgeous acoustic instrumental “Into the Maelstrom” serves as this record’s “Bron-Yr-Aur” and also serves as a nice cultural touchstone for the band with Gibran’s Spanish guitar playing.
Another great quality of this record is the actual sound. The mixing and mastering are excellent and makes the record sound like any other major contender for mainstream rock radio in any country that plays it. The hard work put in by Jorge Trejo shows up clearly on the most jamming tracks on the album, such as “Down On The Road” and the album closer “Heavy Stone”, which both feature soaring guitar solos and wavy wah-wah from Gibran.
There’s plenty of fun psychedelic imagery to be had by looking at the album’s cover, which scans as a modern day adaptation of Are You Experienced by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. All in all, Electric Mountain may be a bit repetitive at times, but the record is so quickly paced that most listeners will shrug it off and have a great time with it. It’ll be fun to see where Gibran, Max, and Jb go from here, and hopefully they are planning on coming to the States sometime soon.