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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Mickey and The Mountains

Mickey and The Mountains, Bandcamp

Although Phoenix-based Mickey and The Mountains has only been a band for a few months, the duo has already released its first album, Creepy Martini. The full album can be downloaded for free on Bandcamp.

Donny and Mickey Pierson have both played in numerous bands and projects before Mickey and The Mountains, but it was out of mutual boredom with solo material that they decided to start the band together.

The Spec interviewed the band about its upcoming projects, read what it had to say below…

Who/what are your influences?
The desert and southwest landscape is our main influence for the feel you get from the music. We’ve been listening to a lot of old punk bands, crooner-types, and big band from the random assortment of one dollar LPs at Goodwill, all of which come through on the record pretty prominently.

How did you come up with your name?
It’s just Mickey’s (the singer) name and the Mountains.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We’ve been recording new material non stop and should have our second LP done pretty soon. We are really into making videos too, so I’m sure we’ll have a few more music videos done over the next few months as well. It would be nice to play some house shows.

What inspires your music?
Harry Nilsson is rad. He never got the recognition he deserves, and there’s definitely a reason for that. We sort of fetishize the idea of being misunderstood, when it comes to the music we make together.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Harry Nilsson, Tatsuro Yamashita, The Twerps, The Zombies. Also Stephen Steinbrink is a god in my book. He was one of the very few musicians that made Phoenix a cool place to be involved with music. It’s a shame he left Arizona.

Why do you make music?
All of our songs are made on the spot. We just think of what the album should be called and then make the music that represents that idea. It’s something we haven’t done before, and it keeps our attention. We’ve been doing music for so long now that the reason for making music in the first place has faded. It’s cool to be in a band when you’re 13, right?

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
We’ll be putting the first album called Creepy Martini out on KP Records USA on 50 limited run tapes. Digital downloads will always be free, as they should. Thank you for the interview!

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