On June 6th, 2006, Texas-bred instrumental rock ensemble THIS WILL DESTROY YOUunleashed their debut Young Mountain and never looked back. The album’s soaring guitar-lead dynamism, cascading cinematic passages, and jarring crescendos captured the hearts and minds of independent music listeners immediately upon release and has, a decade later, yet to loosen its grip. As Young Mountain celebrates its ten-year anniversary, a retrospective look at the six-track, thirty-six-minute composition shows quite clearly why it has always been considered a masterpiece by much of THIS WILL DESTROY YOU’s ardent international fanbase and still continues to permeate deeper into global consciousness to this day.
THIS WILL DESTROY YOU recently confirmed a short run of live dates this summer from August 23rd through August 28th with Minus the Bear as well as four special anniversary shows this November which will celebrate Young Mountain as well as the band’s self-titled studio album, also nearing its ten-year mark. The band will be playing both records in their entirety in November. See all confirmed dates below.
The band will be reissuing Young Mountain on CD and digitally on October 28th and on LP (date TBD) via Magic Bullet Records. The reissue edition will come with an original, never-before-heard bonus track “Sleep.” Preorders will be available in the coming months.
Additionally, THIS WILL DESTROY YOU recently launched an eBay charity auction where they auctioned off a special Young Mountain package that included the original drawing of the Young Mountain album cover by Christopher Royal King on a page torn from his geology notebook as well as the original limited cassette tape version of Young Mountain with fake fur casing made in 2005. The set was auctioned off for nearly $500 which was donated to the Equality Florida Go Fund Me to benefit the victims of the Pulse Nightclub attacks.
THIS WILL DESTROY YOU w/ Minus The Bear:
8/23/2016 Wild Buffalo – Bellingham, WA
8/24/2016 Venue – Vancouver, BC
8/26/2016 Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA 2016 Suicide Squeeze 20th Anniversary Show
8/27/2016 Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
8/28/2016 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
Ten-Year Anniversary Shows:
11/04/2016 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
11/05/2016 Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA
11/18/2016 Metro – Chicago, IL – Metro
11/20/2016 Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
No journey is understood or complete without a thorough examination of its point of departure. The band’s initial intention was never to press Young Mountain beyond their self-released, hand-made CDR batches made for live shows, content for the recording to simply remain a demo of their germinal efforts. Emphatically suggesting otherwise, Magic Bullet Records’ founder Brent Eyestone’s unrelenting enthusiasm convinced the original quartet of Christopher King, Jeremy Galindo, Raymond Brown, and Andrew Miller that Young Mountain should enjoy official CD and subsequent vinyl pressings (over a dozen and counting) and helped to amplify THIS WILL DESTROY YOU’s inaugural document far beyond the band’s humble aspirations. As a result, Young Mountain captures THIS WILL DESTROY YOU during a chronological window of youth, energy, and wide-eyed optimism that could never be replicated. A purity of sonic intentionality and unhinged vigor runs continuously throughout all of Young Mountain’s tracks, imbuing each piece with moments of both reserved fragility and glorious abandon that are decimated by walls of sound that could overpower jet engines.
Founding guitarist Christopher King reflects on their collective naiveté at the time, saying “we didn’t know what we were doing but it didn’t matter. We had no preconceptions, no expectations.” Fellow founding guitarist Jeremy Galindo concurs, “…look what it has achieved…and it could have never existed…that is, still, the most interesting thing about the album to me.”
Now, standing on the other side, we see that what began as an unassuming group of friends recording music in San Antonio, Texas, eventually moving North and solidifying in San Marcos, Texas was in fact the point of departure for a decade-long journey; one that would take THIS WILL DESTROY YOU across continuous tours over four continents, that would lead to international acclaim and a celebrated discography, and one that is yet to end.