Everest Descends From Studio With New Album Due March 2010
Not many artists can name check a year long tour alongside Neil Young as a source of inspiration but Everest isn't most artists. The Los Angeles quintet switched gears from endless touring to recording, and has now emerged from the studio with a follow-up to debut LP, Ghost Notes.
Naturally, time on the road is a formative experience and Everest bloomed in a maximum capacity, finding their voice as a collective. "The road is a great place to learn and we play much better together now that we've done so much touring," admits Russell Pollard (guitar/vocals). "We've become patient in developing dynamics with the songs. The stories on the new record grew out of our imaginations while on the road," he adds.
With a newfound vision and a collection of tales spawned amidst travels, the group packed up to record outside the comfort of their own studio - at a farm in northern California. "We recorded our first record in our own studio, having never recorded together before as a group. We decided to take a 180-degree turn and make this one on an old chicken farm in Cotati, California, where we lived together in the old ranch hand's house," Pollard offers. "The surroundings really changed the scope of the performance in the studio."
The isolation coupled with the forced unification guided the band through their process of laying down tracks over a few week period. "Although we were in a beautiful space, the work became more challenging and it was really one of the toughest experiences for the band thus far," admits Pollard. He continues, "Our approach to the gear and to capturing sound was similar, but our dynamic as a collective has gone beyond all of that. A lot of the time, we were speaking to each other through the music."
Everest's new batch of material is steeped in their signature sound, sometimes riding on a piano melody, while waltzing with Pollard's sweet vocals, or following the rhythmic pound of drums, as the guitars surge alongside.
The yet-to-be titled album is scheduled for release in March of 2010 on Vapor Records, and will coincide with extensive tour dates.
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