“ Big Mountain County conceived much of their debut LP in Sicily, where they spent a month experiencing “new sounds and new atmospheres” in a house at the foot of Mount Etna – one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Their music, though, is far less volatile than Etna’s explosive peaks. Album “Breaking Sound” mixes Can’s tribal psychedelia, The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s jangly ‘60s-influenced guitar work and Donovan’s mystic folk across nine superbly hypnotic tracks.”
(NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS, UK)
“Big Mountain County are a neopsych / garage band from Italy and ‘Breaking Sound’ is their debut LP, and is a pretty darned good one at that. Released last month on Gas Vintage Records it follows on from a self-released 7″ and an extensive European tour.
The majority of the album is straight up neopsych fare, with possibly a touch of garage and post-punk thrown in, but it is a solid set of well-contructed songs. That’s not to say is there is not any variety….the title track sounds for all the world like the B52s playing some poppy psych…the singer does a mean Fred Schneider impression (and there are even some Kate Pierson vox). ‘Make A Move’ would fit nicely onto the “Children Of Nuggets” boxset – some very nice Paisley Underground vibes going on. ‘Conflict Resolution Part 1’, probably my favourite on the album, has some wonderful psych guitar with a Myrrors edge to it, and builds to a wonderfully aggressive climax. ‘One More’ is a more laid back affair with some great, twangy lounge/surf guitar and the closing track, aptly titled ‘Farewell’ has some Procul Harem like organ and some hazy, psych guitars and some male/female vocal harmonising.
As we all know the psychedelic music movement has had one hell of a revival in the past couple of years, and while new bands of this quality are raising their heads above the parapet, I can see no reason why it should end. This album is one I will revisit on a regular basis. It is available only in digital format at the moment I believe* and can be found on the band’s bandcamp page and I would recommend you give this new band a listen. *I have just been informed by the band that ‘Breaking Sound’ is also available on Vinyl and CD – good news!”
(DAYZ OF PURPLE AND ORANGE A PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC BLOG)
“The series of returning artists has yet to let up, keeping on track with Big Mountain County issuing a full-length album to follow up a set of singles and seven inch releases. In fact if you remember the self-titled 7″ from a Grab Bag a bit ago, you’ll already be familiar with a few of the tracks on Breaking Sound. That said, I’m gonna spout off about it some more. As I do.
Big Mountain County are from Rome, Italy but in a common form for Continental European psych and garage rock outfits they sing in English and take heavy influence from British and North American bands from the 1960s and onwards. They share this with recently the posted Madcaps and Max Mayall Fine. It’s as I’ve had explained to be, English is the language of rock and roll and that’s isn’t changing. Indeed, listening to B.M.C. provides a good argument that nothing is wrong with this arrangement.
The sound of B.M.C. is quite heavily into the psychedelic, with guitars the are abstract and droning all the while the deep voiced singer belts out in a definitive style. The organ also plays a prominent role in the songs, giving the album a very retro feeling at times and providing much of the dynamic of my track of the songs “1945.” At times dreamy and others energized into garage rock, this artful distorted record is great for this spring’s sunshine and my desire to blast loud music for the neighbors to hear.”
“First up is a fantastic new record from Big Mountain County (BMC) who play wild and dirty psychedelic Rock n Roll and the bands debut album, Breaking Sound, is nine tracks of some of the best Psych Rock we have heard all year. BMC have assembled all their really cool influences on one record, while the title track is a very groovy slice of psychedelic Surf Rock much of this record has a 80s Paisley Underground vibe where the best 60s psychedelia was infused with a Post Punk sensibility……..’I’m Satisfied’, ‘About A Clown’, ‘What Do You Think?’ and the epic ‘Farewell’ all have the mood of the early Rain Parade/Dream Syndicate recordings. There is also a big late period Velvet Underground influence (when they were more of a straightforward Rock ‘n’ Roll band…..John Cale had left the band taking with him his avant-garde weirdness and Nico had moved on a few years earlier taking with her…..erm…weirdness) both ‘1945’ and ‘Make a Move’ have a Lou Reed feel about them. This is a truly great psychedelic record and we recommend you check it out……there is a lot to love here.Breaking Sound is currently available as a download from either iTunes or the BMC Bandcamp page…..check it out”
(THEE PSYCHEDELIC DELICATESSEN)
I T A L I A N M A G A Z I N E S
“Il circuito psych e garage romano è oggi un buon vivaio di talenti ed è da lì che provengono i big mountain county. Prima di arrivare al full-lenght, i B.M.C. si fanno le ossa dal vivo in giro per l’Europa consolidando un interplay che si sente tutto nel loro album di esordio. L’opener in uptempo I’m Satisfed segna programmaticamente il passaggio della band dai primi lavori di stampo punk a un suono in cui il riferimento alla psichedelia è nettamente più marcato. Il singolo sembra rimandare ai them diV Morrison e alza cosi il sipario su un bagaglio di influenze variegato e di alto profilo. Il suono globale è accattivante e ciascun elemento è estremamente, come curato e notevole il lavoro sugli effetti sonori per chitarre, a tratti davvero suggestivo”.
(ARTICOLO SU BLOW UP MAGGIO)
“I’m Satisfied dilatata e distorta, la spettacolare title track contrappone la dolcezza della voci femminili all’energia del garage, 1945 ha movenze sinuose, Make a move è un urticante lo-fi rock’n’roll dagli aromi psych. E se la crepuscolare One more implode in un finale arroventato, About a clown è una cavalcata che segna un crescendo emotivo per consegnarsi poi alla sognante Farewell che chiude un disco perfettamente riuscito”.
(RECENSIONE BOXATA SU BLOW UP APRILE, VOTO 8)
“Tra derive desertiche (What do you think ?, One more), sciamaniche movenze doorsiane (About a clown) e punkerie alla Stooges sarà un piacere ritrovare la parte più alcalina dei sixties (13th Floor elevators, Electric Prunes) così stilosamente defibrillata, sulla scia di Black Angels e Brian J. Massacre”
(RUMORE MAGGIO, VOTO 7)
“Che si tratti della sciamanica progressione elettrica alla Dead Skeletons di I’m Satisfied o dei cori femminili retrò di Breaking Sound, del rock caldo di 1945 o del riff di What do you think?, il quartetto guarda al passato ma si salva dal revival con buoni brani e convincente impasto sonoro, in modo non troppo dissimile dai milanesi Giöbia.”
(MUCCHIO APRILE, VOTO 7)