LA Band Love: Everest Come Into Their Own With “Ownerless”posted by Trina Green | Tuesday, July 3, 2012 | 5:48 PM
|Everest - Ownerless|
Released: June 26, 2012
“Every night is a rapture. You disappear.”
With production assistance from Richard Swift and Rob Schnapf, Ownerless sounds like 12 tracks of Russell Pollard (vocals/guitar/drums), Joel Graves (guitar/keys/vocals), Jason Soda (guitar/keys/vocals), and Eli Thomson (bass/vocals) breathing a little freer and with fewer restraints; self-imposed or otherwise. Jumpstarted by the layers of texture and classic rock sound of “Rapture” and the soothing of the spacey groove that drags through “Into the Grey”, this is their wheelhouse: angsty but sublime. The album does modulate and shift to accommodate the multiple artistic minds that have created it; the band does consist of four lifetime musicians and songwriters of varied influences and opinions and that’s a lot to fit into the space of one album. But well represented are the colors and feelings such as “We all have great expectations. We can’t forget who we are. Don’t let it drag you down.” in “Raking Me Over The Coals” which is as discomforting and comfortable as Everest has ever been.
Ownerless is a natural, very unforced progression in the band’s career; its production and presentation seemingly more a pleasure than a chore and that can be a very important factor in creativity. It’s not their gig to overwhelm or sonically shock the listener, or to purposefully make music directed at a specific target. It is their gig to gradually peel back their layers to unearth all of their rich and not particularly easy to pigeonhole style, letting it take root wherever and with whomever it may. But this is who they are and Everest finally owns it.
As they're on the road throughout the summer, check out Everest's upcoming tour dates (w/ Alberta Cross) here.