Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band exploded on to the Seattle music scene in the summer of 2008. By the following spring they had signed to the influential indie label Dead Oceans, and released their first album, grabbing national attention from Spin, NME, Paste, and a host of other major publications. The performance of their first album: a wild, unhinged, and capricious group of songs, helped earn them a reputation for putting on vastly entertaining performances. They soon embarked on tours alongside Cursive, Japandroids, Frog Eyes, and made appearances at several festivals across the US and Canada. In August of 2010, MSHVB released their second full-length album Where the Messengers Meet, an ambitious and poetic narrative spread out and woven together by dark and sophisticated song structures. The songs themselves are an exercise in contrast: delicate and gentle, dark and brooding. The record collects several different approaches to composition into one cohesive whole, and is held together with lush production and a haunting atmosphere. The band left Seattle in September of the same year in support of the record. After returning from tours with Portugal the Man, David Bazan, and Dead Confederate, they came to face to face with a seemingly endless series of tragic and difficult circumstances. Collectively and as individuals the members of the band buckled down and weathered the storms going on around them, knowing they would continue in spite of an uncertain future. After two full-length albums, hundreds of shows played across North America, and a period of hibernation, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band reemerge this spring. They will be releasing and performing several new songs, written mostly during singer/guitarist Benjamin Verdoes' summer sabbatical in San Francisco. Infused with the warmth and simplicity that proceeds from life's unpredictability, their new music and line-up reflect a band that is continually pushing to reinvent itself. Far from being finished, MSHVB, it seems, may be only just beginning.

LISTEN: New Song from Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band brings you a brand spanking new song for your listening pleasure. Titled “Warm Body,” it marks the return of MSHVB after a brief absence from your eyes and ears. It’s also a sneak peek to their forthcoming EP – more information on that to come! For all those living large on the West Coast, you can see the band live next week at Neumos and Star Theatre! 

Stream AND download “Warm Body” at Soundcloud.

Watch: Short Film Based on Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band’s “Where the Messengers Meet”

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band “Gone Again” from Tristan Seniuk on Vimeo.

Directed by Tristan Seniuk, “Gone Again” is a short film based on Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band’s sophomore album, “Where the Messengers Meet.” It is a stunningly beautiful work shot on the Olympic Peninsula during a three day stay. You can hear MSHVB’s “Gone Again” and “Cadence” featured in the film. After an extended break from touring, MSHVB comes back to the spotlight with their first live show on April 5 at Neumos. You can purchase tickets HERE.

Mt St Helens Vietnam Band’s Benjamin Verdoes Performs on Local Seattle TV for Noise for the Needy

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band is performing at the Noise for the Needy Festival in Seattle this Saturday June 12 at The Vera Project. Yesterday morning lead singer Benjamin Verdoes made an appearance on New Day NW the local morning news talk show on Seattle’s King 5. Watch above, as Ben does a beautiful solo version of “At Night” from their most recent record Where The Messengers Meet as well as sitting down and talking about the band and festival. MSHVB’s drummer Marshall Verdoes also makes an appearance on the show, looking pretty slick in a nice blazer. In addition to Noise for the Needy you can also catch MSHVB live this Friday June 11 at the Floyd Norgaard Historic Center in Stanwood, WA.


Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band Invade Your Backyard in New Video

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band’s new video for “Leaving Trails” is a dark and twisting tale that unfolds like a nightmare version of a backyard barbeque. The band members follow an ever turning camera, schizophrenically splitting into multiples of themselves, while random people and ghostly objects come and go. It has the effect of a David Lynch project, where a proper narrative remains elusive, but enough space is left to allow your mind to connect things in its own way. The video was directed by the That Go team, Noel Paul and Stefan Moore. Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band open for Dismemberment Plan at the Showbox Sodo in Seattle tomorrow (Saturday March 12), go check em out.

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Leaving Trails by Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
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