Andy Oliveri & the Mountaineers explore all angles of their collective musical heritage on debut album. Produced by James Bragg (Genghar, Tourists) ‘Call Them Brothers’ is not only a cumulative history of great songwriters but is indicative of the way in which those albums were created. Heavily influenced by College rock bands, Britpop and Shoegaze from the late 80’s and early 90’s Oliveri’s first offering with The Mountaineers picks bits from history to build a new beginning. Adopting reminiscent tones and textures Oliveri’s intelligent songwriting craft has been deconstructed and rebuilt, creating a diversity of fragility, sleazy guitar licks and late night poolside synth jams.
Every project begins with an idea, for Oliveri and the band this was ‘Ohio’. The first track written as an acoustic demo was swiftly scrapped and imposed with the rule that its arrangement will not include any guitars. This shift in breaking down the walls of their creative freedom would mean the band could explore every avenue, allowing the record to take shape around them, finding a fulfilling destination at the end of each one.
Initial album teaser track, the opener ‘Where Wild Flowers Grow Fondly’ has gained love all over the blogosphere and on the radio including plays from Radcliffe & Maconie and Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music and John Kennedy on Radio X and to follow the band are releasing the infectiously riffed ‘Sky Candy Apple’ as a single out on 10th March. Listen here
Starting life in a collection of poems, lyrically ‘Sky Candy Apple’, the first official single to come from the album, reflects on your hometown long after you’ve moved away. However hard you try to escape, the memories and ties are always there, good and bad. “I’m really proud of my hometown, especially the pockets of liberal thinking and I think that ideology shines through in the brashness of the song” says Oliveri.
The band have the following tour dates coming up around the UK to support the album release: