Prompted by FB alert (and a ‘like’ from @binmouth) that Mountaineater are taking to the stage again in their naive New Zealand, I popped back to listen again to the little that is available form the band.
There is of course the one, lone EP so far Mata/Sun Fired still available through Smoke CD’s in NZ,and a planned album for later in 2010, but to be honest this doesn’t have anything like to punch in the face that must be their live shows. The recorded live stream below at the bottom of the post, from their 2009 session at Radio 1 in NZ is much more like it (excuse the rubbish vid and all that) – bear with the set up before the fours tracks get played – Mata, Exegesis 7, Alucard and Sunfired. OK its a bit of a long haul vid but there ain’t much more around! The three, Chris Livingston on drums, Anaru Ngata on bass and the legendary Tristan Dingemans on guitars (and what pass as vocals) create and extraordinary noise .
I know that @binmouth holds Tristan (ex-High Dependency Unit) in some sort of guitar hero status as he does generate the most visceral sound – I think some likened it to standing next to a jet engine – not that I ever have. There are a couple of vids on YouTube one of which is below and maybe an easier first bite at Mountaineater, which are worth a look as long as you can get over the inevitable poor sound. But despite the fact that we are unlikely to see them on these shore they do serve as a healthy alternative for my increasingly twee-leaning listening, a bit of counterbalance is a good thing don’t you think?