Never heard of larping? I hadn’t either, but watching the Mountainear’s music video “Down The Line” sure peaked my interest in the role-playing live action gaming. The pop music drumming trio out of London chat with me about their inspiration to highlight larping and the message they want to send: it’s cool to be you. “We really consider that the only that is cool in life is just to do what you are passionate about,” says Louise Morgan.
Mountainear (pictured above left to right) is Zands Duggan, Louise Morgan, and Becky Browne. The three have a contagious passion for music, teaching and culture that comes through as we talk about how they drum to their own beat. “We’re passionate about what you believe in and go for that. Don’t pretend to be someone else or try and fit in. Just be yourself,” says Becky Browne.
The three list in their influences a wide range of artists that include Nina Simone, The Beatles, Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, to fellow north London band Bombay Bicycle Club and the Los Angeles all girl rock band Haim. “The thing that makes us a bit different I suppose,” says Zands Duggan, “is that all three of us are drummers. We’re all percussionists. And also we’re all classically trained. We all studied at the music college down the road quite close to here. So I think that makes the band have a bit of a different element.”
Mountainear’s upcoming EP “Distant Camps” (available for preorder now on iTunes) will be released both in digital and limited edition vinyl.
Watch the interview and “Down The Line” music video below. Be sure check out this emerging band from the UK that is setting a new pace with their unique sound incorporating tender melodies against rhythmic drums soaked in empathetic tones.
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WE ASKED MOUNTAINEAR
Q: Which song title would you say best describes your personality?
LOUISE: “On An Island” Dave Gilmour
BECKY: “I can’t think of any song titles, all I’ve got is Michael Jackson songs going round my head and he can be my influence. I can have that. I’m so bad with song titles.” [laughter]
ZANDS: “Go Your Own Way” Fleetwood Mac
Q: What was the last album you downloaded or purchased?
LOUISE: Bombay Bicycle Club “So Long See You Tomorrow”
BECKY: Paolo Nutini “Iron Sky”
ZANDS: “If I’m being totally honest, I downloaded some Renaissance music yesterday. The next kind of thing for some of the drums I want to add to the band are some of these really old school-like three hundred years old–drums all made out of wood. They’re also tied with rope. So I’ve been listening to a lot of that because these drums are on really old recordings. Because that’s the thing, you can take influences from absolutely anywhere.”
MOUNTAINEAR AND CHARITY
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