BEAR MOUNTAIN

London Music Hall & SummerCamp Productions presents..

BEAR MOUNTAIN

wolf saga, VYB

Fri, April 22, 2016

10:00 pm

$10.00

This event is all ages

BEAR MOUNTAIN
The debut full-length album from Vancouver's Bear Mountain, XO, is an exuberant whirlwind of an album that strikes a balance between long-form instrumental techno and soulful, vocal-driven dance club anthems. Centered around the duo of singer/songwriter Ian Bevis and guitarist Kyle Statham, Bear Mountain also includes Ian's twin brother, drummer Greg Bevis, and Creative Director Kenji Rodriguez. The band build its densely layered dance music by mixing live and sampled drums, '80s-
sounding keyboards, and Statham's arpeggiated, delay pedal-drenched guitar lines. Soaring on top of all of this is Ian's soulful tenor croon, often tackling the hook that, in a house track, would ordinarily be provided by a sample. This combination of electronic meets electric instrumentation gives Bear Mountain's largely dance-oriented music an organic, somewhat psychedelic, improvisational quality, as if they were playing and mixing the tracks live. Over half the songs on XO are instrumental; they're woozy, often dizzying, but each still has a melodic through-line to keep your attention, even amid disparate swirls of abstract sound. Bear Mountain's influences are definitely hard to pin down, spanning genres like R&B, jazz, Latin, orchestral pop, dance-rock, and house. This cross-genre approach means that Bear Mountain fit just as nicely next to alternative soul acts like Under the Influence of Giants and Scissor Sisters as they do next to more cutting-edge artists like Cut Copy and Frankmusik. Tracks like "Congo," "Faded," and "Sing" are uplifting, infectious club-ready cuts that move both your soul and your feet.
wolf saga
"The wolf is a symbol in my culture and also my favourite animal", explains the 25 year old regarding the nature of his name. This way, Johnny includes his Native American background in his music. The "Saga" represents a new chapter in the personal journey of this young artist. "The Theme of growing up is a big one in my songs, about grabbing opportunity and moments as they come by". After playing lead guitar in an indie rock band, Johnny started creating electronic music, bridging the gap between the genres.
Venue Information:
Rum Runners
178 Dundas Street
London, ON, N6A 1G7
http://www.londonmusichall.com/

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