Black Mountain shares a new video for the “70s-style dragon-trudge metal” (Stereogum) track “Licensed To Drive”, from their new album, Destroyer, out today via Dine Alone. The “Licensed To Drive” video follows previously released singles “Boogie Lover” and “Future Shade”. Directed by Zev Deans, the video is a blast down an 8-bit highway colliding with tougher than leather heavy metal barbarians, trash can drums, and a flame broiled 1976 GMC Sprint. As described by Deans: “‘Licensed to Drive’ is a deep dive into the soul of a late 1970s living room, an exploration of the deep psychedelic fantasy at the core of the birth of the video game.”
Destroyer oscillates along Stephen McBean & Jeremy Schmidt's collaborative frequencies and features contributions from Rachel Fannan (Sleepy Sun), Arjan Miranda, Adam Bulgasem (Dommengang, Soft Kill), Kid Millions (Oneida) and John Congleton (St Vincent, Swans). Collectively, there’s a renewed vitality to Black Mountain on Destroyer — a seasoned, veteran of heady hard rock that’s found new, young muscles to flex and roads to explore.
BLACK MOUNTAIN TOUR DATES
May 25 - Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
May 26 - Pioneertown, CA @ Stoned and Dusted
Aug 11 – Bagnes, CH @ Palp Festival
Aug 16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Las Vegas
Sep 12 - Vancouver, BC @Westward Music Festival
PRAISE FOR BLACK MOUNTAIN
“Black Mountain have always been great at doing all the things that bongwater-gargling riff-monsters should be good at doing. They have titanic canyon-spanning hooks. They’ve got enough dynamic range to switch their style up a few times within the space of a single song...On Destroyer, all of that is in very clear evidence. It’s enough to fill up your soul.” - Stereogum
“Imagine a ridiculous Ed "Big Daddy" Roth creation with jutting fins, go-faster stripes, massive back tires scorching smoke, a triple-intake blower erupting through the hood, and an oversized eight-ball shifter sticking through the roof where some maniacal speed mutant tweaks with his tongue flapping in the breeze, blistering down the highway towards a knife fight between hair metal, punk and stoner rock. That is the feeling this album evokes.” - Exclaim!
“[Destroyer] finds the Canadian outfit channeling the exhilarating, thrill-seeking spirit often associated with adolescence.” - Consequence of Sound
“Destroyer, the latest treasure from Canadian psych rock outfit Black Mountain, a heavy, crunchy, head-banging good time with eight tracks to throw the sign of the horns to.” - Paste
"Destroyer has arrived just in time to quench your summertime blues and transport you to their silver mothership in the sky" - Beatroute
“They’ve stuffed Destroyer full of the kind of anthems that rattle the windows while hotboxed teens park in the back lot. They find the sweet spot between volume and spaced synths that pair well with lying on the hood staring at the stars and wishing away the last year of high school so that you can finally be free of this damn town.” - Raven Sings The Blues