"It isn't often that one hears something totally unique, the sort of sound that might just start something big."
-All Music Guide
After migrating to post-grunge Seattle from rural Montana, the boys that would become Mountain Con began recording jam sessions at the late night parties that raged in their basement. In the fall of 1999 Mountain Con recorded and pressed 500 copies of an EP entitled “The Highpoint Project”. This EP landed them on a Friday night bill at The Crocodile Café, one of the hottest clubs in Seattle, where they performed live as Mountain Con for the first time. The EP also earned the band a slot at the 2000 SXSW music festival where they met and were signed by producer and label owner Tom Rothrock.
Mountain Con’s debut album, “The MC Stands for Revolution”, on Tom Rothrock’s Acid Blues label was a collection of intelligent songs full of humor and irony. The record hijacked Beck’s “Odelay” era sound and took it on a joy ride. The result is an appealing patchwork of country and urban sounds, direct from the damp dark basement to your car stereo.
The group has always been a recording experiment first and a rock band second. James, Mike, Pierre, Swede and Ben have been playing and recording together under various names since their high school days in Missoula, Montana. Strangely, from the very beginning they recorded nearly everything they did. This tech-head approach lead them to the world of samplers, drum machines (and later to high-end computer audio gear) and away from the standard 1997, guitar based “Seattle sound”. In 1998 the band began working with Erik Blood, a highly talented producer/engineer/musician, who was eventually recruited by the band. In 2001 DJ Pledge took over the turntable and beat duties.
Recently the band has taken a break from performing and has immersed itself in writing new material. In May of 2002 Mountain Con was signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing by music supervisor G. Marq Roswell (Dawn Of The Dead, Pay It Forward, Spygame, and The Hurricane). The band has just completed demos with producer and engineer Steve Deutsch. “The music is darker maybe, but still very much Mountain Con” says James Nugent of the new material. “Everything here on earth is not well. I am interested in what we are going through. Who isn’t interested in their own generation? We’ve got our own set of problems. The first record is about that, the second will continue in that vein. But just because you sing about troubles doesn’t mean that song has to bring you down. People still gotta get drunk and fuck and stay out all night no matter what is going on.”