Times are changing for L.A. rockers Everest, and to them it might feel like “Rapture.” The quintet, which burst on the scene in 2008 with “Ghost Notes” on Neil Young’s Vapor Records and followed it up in ’10 with “On Approach” on Warner, has parted ways with the major label for its third album. “Ownerless” will arrive June 26 via ATO Records, and it expands the quintet’s sonic palette significantly.
The band — Russell Pollard, Jason Soda, Joel Graves and Elijah Thomson, with drummer Davey Latter having departed — still flexes its muscles as purveyors of arching roots-rock, as the anthemic “Into the Grey” (previewed last year) attests. But Everest’s recording sessions with producers Richard Swift and Rob Schnapf (who helmed “On Approach”) also yielded material with harder edges, as well as songs propelled by free-spirited experimentation. The album’s lead-off track, “Rapture,” wastes no time cutting to the quick.
When I first saw this performance I thought Wow! Pete Townshend The 2nd (Russell Pollard) Rock is not dead! At time stamp 2:55 on the vid these boys’ light it! Enjoy this song.
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From Everest site:
The concept of ownership has such a weird place in our culture. Too much of the time, ownership is talked about in relation to “owning up” to something—which is usually admitting a mistake or stepping up to a lie. Meanwhile, getting “owned” is generally tantamount to having your ass handed to you, which is almost never a good thing. In bygone eras, ownership was often a term used only in relation to the buying of land (which almost no one can afford to do these days) or, in some cases, the “taking” of a wife (yikes).
These days, a generation raised on after-school specials and healthy doses of therapy-speak recognize that ownership is often about control—as in, taking control of one’s own messy, crazy life, or assuming ownership over one’s problems (because they are usually your own damned fault). So what does it mean to be ownerless? If you are a band from Los Angeles called Everest, being ownerless represents a kind of creative freedom the likes of which you have never known before, a feeling that propels you to create some of the finest rock music of your career. You feel this sublime sense of liberation so strongly that you decide to call your excellent new album Ownerless.
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