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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Big Mountain County

Big Mountain County, Bandcamp, interview

Big Mountain County formed in Rome in 2012 and has been touring across Europe ever since. In 2013, the band self-produced and released a 7-inch EP. Breaking Sound, the debut LP from Big Mountain County, was released in April of this year.

Both albums are available to stream and download on Bandcamp.

Below, read The Spec‘s interview with Big Mountain County and listen to tracks from band…

Tell us a little about yourselves…
We are Big Mountain County. Alessandro (vox), Francesco (guitar), Bob (bass) and Bruno (drums), and we are from Rome. We all live in Rome, but we come from different amazing parts of Italy like Sicily, Apulia and Abruzzo. We started playing psych rock in 2012. In 2013, we recorded a self-produced three-track 7 inch and we toured Eastern Europe passing through countries like Hungary, Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia. We also had some gigs in Germany and Czech Republic in a second European tour in 2014. During the same year, we recorded our first LP, Breaking Sound, released in April 2015 by the Gas Vintage Records (Rome). We wrote many songs of the album in Sicily where we stayed for one month, in a country house, surrounded by the nature, looking for inspiration, new sounds and new atmospheres. The album release was followed by the “Breaking Sound European Tour,” with gigs in Italy, France, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

How long have you been making music?
As a band, we started in 2012, but personally, we all make music from when we were teens. Some years ago, Alessandro and Bruno had a garage band in Sicily called The Boilers, which soon attracted the attention of the Italian underground. Bob was playing in a rock’n’roll band called Ultra Twist which toured Europe and U.S. for several years.

Who/what are your influences?
All of us listen to much music, which obviously influences our creativity. There are “strong basis,” from the ’60’s California to The Velvet Underground, from Nick Cave to all written and recorded in Detroit. There are many names to cite– Iggy and the Stooges, OsMutantes, Joh Spancer, but also Neil Young, Sixto Rodriguez. Also, some contemporary psychedelic bands such as Black Angels, Tame Impala, King Gizzard, Brian J. Massacre and Wooden Shjips are influencing our music.

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
This is a difficult choice. Each of us has our favorite song, for different and personal motivations. Should we choose just one? We say “1945,” it’s the oldest but we will never stop loving and playing this song.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We want to have many gigs to promote Breaking Sound both in and outside Italy. At the same time, we are moving toward more psychedelic and dreamy atmospheres for our second album that we will record during next year.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
Alessandro? Event manager. Francesco? University researcher. Bob? Sound engineer. Bruno? DRUMMER.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
The names are the same as those that influence our music. There is not a single reference. The music world is too wide to point just to one or a few bands.

Why do you make music?
‘Cause we cannot stay without music. ‘Cause when we are in front of the stage, we just want to jump on it and rock everything.

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