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Biography

Black Mountain is a Canadian psychedelic rock band composed of Stephen McBean, Amber Webber, Matt Camirand, Jeremy Schmidt and Joshua Wells.

Leader Stephen McBean also heads another similarly named band, Pink Mountaintops, who are the more experimental side of McBean's musical abilities. Black Mountain is the front line band for Black Mountain Army, a collective of musicians, artists and friends in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. According to an interview, the band said that "Black Mountain is just the five of us. The Black Mountain Army... which has kind of gotten blown out of proportion, it was kind of just a joke, because everybody thought we were this hippie collective, like we all lived in one house. But it's basically just our friends at home in Vancouver, just our extended family of creative people that we know."

By day, three members of the band work for an organization (Insite) that meets the basic living requirements of the chronically poor, drug addicted and mentally ill near Vancouver's Main & Hastings intersection, in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. In an interview, the band said: "After work we all try not to think too hard about the effect it has on our lives. It keeps us grounded."

Black Mountain has released two LPs: In The Future (2008) and Black Mountain (2005); and 2 EPs: Druganaut (2004) and Bastards Of Light (2008) on the Jagjaguwar label. A split single with Destroyer was released in the fall of 2004 on Spirit Of Orr. The Stormy High single was released in 2006 on Suicide Squeeze records. In The Future was a finalist for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize.

Also, in 2005, the band opened for Coldplay on their three-week-long Twisted Logic Tour, with their final opening in San Diego. Their self-titled album was chosen as one of Amazon.com's Top 100 Editor's Picks of 2005.

They recently were featured on the soundtrack for the box-office hit movie Spider-Man 3, with their song "Stay Free".

A vinyl single was released in April 2007 named Surrender Sound Session: Unkle vs. Autolux/Black Mountain with a remix of "No Hits" on the B side.

In a recent 10th anniversary edition of Uncut, the band was mentioned in its included "Book Of Rock Revelations".

(Source: Wikipedia)