OUR FIRST REVIEW IN AMERICAN SONGWRITER!
On ‘Stars Already Shone,’ Mount Saint Elias Search for Purpose–and Find Each Other
"The songs on Stars Already Shone are rousing, heartfelt indie-folk numbers about finding—and losing—close friends. Importantly, the EP includes songs made before and after Schmid passed away in 2018, from a biking accident. “The common thread running through these songs is the power of friendship and the pain of losing a friend,” says Coe. “Our bandmate, Tatyana, wrote and performed with us on [‘Cigarettes and Summer,’ ‘My FaVoRiTe rEgReT(s),’ and ‘Everywhere Ghost’], and [‘Juicy Love’ and ‘The Call Home’] are basically about her passing.” The EP was mixed and engineered by Beau Sorenson, with additional mixing and engineering by Jeff Kolhede and Ian Pellicci. From start to finish, the writing and production process spanned “a huge swath of time for this band".
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BAY AREA MUSICIANS GOING ON LIVESTREAMED ‘PORCHELLA’ TOUR DURING COVID19 PANDEMIC
Mount Saint Elias are playing on people’s porches, in their backyards, and at closed music-halls across the state of California in a livestreamed concert tour called Porchella. The three bands have so far performed in Sonoma, Santa Cruz, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, and will continue putting on shows throughout the week in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Goleta up till November 15th, 2020. Their journey demonstrates how a group of musicians can still go on tour and bring live music to the people in a way that is both safe and aware of the risks posed on these performances during the pandemic.
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