“One step forward, two steps back” screams Lins Wilson as Magic Mountains’ debut single ‘Zodiac’ quickly achieves lift off, yet the opposite movement could just as easily apply.
In forming her new band, Wilson did first venture into the past, hooking up with both Tom Hudson with whom she had played in the Leeds’ band Mother Vulpine over a decade ago and Nestor Matthews, the pair having previously shared a stage together in another local outfit Sky Larkin. In fact, the three members of Magic Mountains collective musical CV could be represented in some elaborate West Yorkshire DIY Venn diagram that would also include the names of Pulled Apart By Horses, Menace Beach and Grammatics.
But one very impressive combined pedigree aside, it is only onwards and upwards where Magic Mountain’s sights are firmly fixed. ‘Zodiac’ will appear next month as the latest release from the estimable Come Play With Me split 7” singles project, a venture that has already seen some absolutely cracking offerings from the likes of Harkin and Cinerama, Fizzy Blood and OFFICERS, and Maggie8 and Ceiling Demons.
Speaking about Magic Mountain and the new record, Lins Wilson says “We can’t wait to share ‘Zodiac’, with everyone. It’s been a long time coming for me to be writing and performing in a band like this – playing in Magic Mountain with Tom and Nestor is a total dream. It’s so fun, easy and we don’t take ourselves too seriously…I’ve finally been set free to shred!”
For its part, ‘Zodiac’ is a feral blast of playful proto-punk metal that rattles along at such a brutish breakneck speed whilst cheerfully capturing Magic Mountain’s collaborative spirit of freedom and fun. It doesn’t hang around for too long but still lays down a firm marker for the future.
The single will be released on 13th October 2017 alongside Bradford’s Jon Jones and the Beatnik Movement with the single launch details TBA.
Forthcoming live dates from Magic Mountain:
09 Headrow House – Leeds
10 Old Blue Last – London (Free)
16 Night & Day – Manchester
21 Polar Bear, Hull – Humber Street Sesh (Free)