This little beauty (I mean “beauty” as in the kind that kicks you in the balls and then pours beer on your head while you’re hunched over) came our way a few weeks ago. Upon my first listen I was immediately taken aback and at the same time intrigued to learn more about this group.
Imagine a bunch of musician friends, stuck in attic, with nothing to do but get obscenely drunk and beat the shit out of their instruments. That’s essentially what happened in the creation of the songs found on Sarongseponymous debut.
Dan, not our Dan, which is well…me but the Dan from Prison Art was nice enough to send us a tape. So in returning that kindness, we are going to give it to one of you!
Go to our facebook page and tell us what “alternative” medium you enjoy most! Whether it be vinyl or cassette tape, leave us a comment and we’ll pick a random winner on Monday. Consider it an early Holiday present from us to you
In 2007, a band by the name of Mountain Man was playing the Philly and Jersey circuit quite regularly. They entered the Emergenza Battle of the Bands and did quite well. They were dubbed the best band in Philadelphia and performed at Webster Hall in NYC where they took 7th place on the entire East coast in the competition.
After that they made some trips to Nashville where they played music but then they sort of disappeared. All of the members were still involved in music, but separately on their own. Alan has been performing with the Tongue Sculptors, Vince has been playing withJohnny Showcase and the Bailey Hounds, Charlie had gone to grad school, and Matt was touring the country and performing in musicals.
To me, it seemed that these talented individuals had split amicably but would no longer be making music together. That was a bit disappointing as I had enjoyed following them in their early days and really dug their sound. I thought they had real potential to break through as they are all very talented musicians and actually studied their craft intensively.
Luckily as it turns out, it was not the end of the road for Mountain Man. Now, Mountain Man goes by his proper name, William Gruff, and “he” has just released his debut album. The production quality on it is amazing, the songs range from folk-rock, old school rock and roll, maybe a little blues, a jazzy showtune (I think Matt’s tours in musicals may have had an influence), bluegrass, and a song that was styled in tribute to Tom Waits. As of right now the guys are running a “pay what you wish” promotion via Bandcamp.
I encourage you to support them so they can continue to make nice things for us to enjoy. Stream/buy the album below.