Black Mountain Symphony showcases an eclectic range of influences, blended together to create their own special sound. From baroque classical violin and haunting folk-tinged ballads to funk-rock drums and hard-hitting dance numbers, the five piece band sprinkles their live sets with hints of everything from classical music to bits of Motown, blues and jazz.
Whether touring nationally or performing at their favorite local digs, this up-and-coming group of young musicians features a roundtable of powerful lead vocals and harmonies that dance with captivating violin lines and soar over stunning soundscapes, shaped by years of classical training infused with an irresistible love for musical roots and a fresh, ultramodern mentality.
Evocative of such artists as Fleetwood Mac, The Corrs, Yes, Belle & Sebastian, Damien Rice, Guster and The Dave Matthews Band, the group implements the same skill and vision on cover tunes as they do in their own carefully crafted compositions, and in the process manage to capture something unique and refreshing… This is Black Mountain Symphony.
“Many CD’s will claim to defy a specific genre label, but Black Mountain Symphony’s redefines eclectic here. The music combines synthesized rock grooves with classic jazz rhythms and you don’t have to listen too closely to hear Americana and bluegrass elements here either. Evidence of the rich diverse nature is found on their CD baby page, where in addition to samples of their eleven original songs you’ll find the music recommended to both fans of the sounds of Fleetwood Mac and Yes. Enough said.” -Arthur Gonick (Pulse, Saratoga Today)
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
‘Redefining Eclectic!’ 5/5 Stars
“An often over used buzzword, “eclectic” finds a real home in the description of this band. The cd is polished & offers an impressive range of musical genres. Their live performances bring all ages & bring out the dancer in all of us. When a middle aged woman like me feels right as rain dancing with the dred head, jam band loving stranger next to me….well, you just know BMS is on to something special. Catch them now, so you can boast to your friends one day that you saw this soon to be super group ‘back when’.” -”Coleen” (via CD Baby Reviews)
‘Awesome Album!’ 5/5 Stars
“I had the pleasure of discovering Black Mountain Symphony when my friends’ band opened for them one night. I can honestly say that I was blown away by their performance. The music is catchy and they are very talented musicians. I’ve recommended this album to every one I know and so far, I haven’t heard a single complaint. Check it out – you won’t be disappointed.” -”Tam” (via CD Baby Reviews)
“One thing great about this group: they fit so many areas. No one’s out there like Black Mountain Symphony, these guys are unique… The champagne of eclectic music… It’s wonderful! I mean it throws you, because you think bluegrass one minute and then the violin comes in and then the keyboard comes in and then it sounds completely different. It’s so wonderful! I don’t mean to go on and on, but I’m really becoming a really big fan. I just have never heard anything like it. It’s wonderful, it’s refreshing and it’s not a softdrink.” -Stephanie Fisher (New Voices, NYTalkRadio.net)
“Opening for the Texans was the similarly unclassifiable quasi-Albany-based 6-piece, Black Mountain Symphony. Their opening number featured some beautiful violin and an instrument I can only describe as some sort of Native American v-shaped flute. Their music moved from punk-esque high energy rock to borderline folk music to pop rock to jazz. All of the band members doubled their duties, either playing multiple instruments or taking lead vocals at various times. Drummer Bill Palinski showed charisma in his between song banter rarely seen in local musicians. The band’s sound is refreshing and unique and, though it wasn’t even remotely similar to The Black and White Years, they were a good fit as a second act. If nothing else, bass and guitar combo Orion and C. Rollz provided the facial hair to complement the Texans. In the end, it was a night of mustaches and madness; beer, bass, and beats; great tunes and new friendships forged.” -Randy Rose (The Knickerbocker Ledger, KnickLedger.com)
WEQX 102.7 FM The Real Alternative – Manchester/Albany
WEXT 97.7 FM The Exit – Albany/Amsterdam
WKBE 100.3 FM The Point – Warrensburg/Glens Falls
WHRL 103.1 FM Albany’s New Rock Alternative – Albany
WZMR 104.9 FM The New Edge – Albany
WNYQ Q101.7 FM Classic Hits – Glens Falls
WRPI 91.5 FM The Upstate Underground (College Radio) – Troy
WSPN 91.1 FM Skidmore College Radio – Saratoga Springs
WGFR 92.7 FM The Revolution (College Radio) – Glens Falls/Queensbury
ARTISTS (We’ve Played With):
Rusted Root, Ryan Montbleau Band, The Black and White Years, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Days of the New, The Dear Hunter, We Are Scientists, Civil Twilight, Locksley, The Sleeping, Consider the Source, Railbird, Euforquestra, Vesper, Lunic, Wounded Buffalo Theory & others
Whether performing nationally in cities such as Austin, New Orleans, Denver, Cleveland, Tampa, Savannah, Boston or New York, or performing at their favorite local digs, Black Mountain Symphony thrives on festivals, nightclubs and concert venues as diverse as The Egg (Albany’s center for the performing arts which houses performances as varied as They Might Be Giants, EmmyLou Harris, and the New York City Ballet) and Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs (widely considered the oldest continuously running coffeehouse in the U.S., this famed remnant of the 1960s Folk Revival has hosted such artists of note as Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, and Annie DiFranco).