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.

Exclusive MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND Holiday MP3 Featured On LA Weekly Blog

photo by lori paulson

photo by lori paulson

At their Holiday Extravaganza show in Seattle later this month, MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND will have a available a hyper-exclusive holday-flavored EP, An Eskimo Christmas, full of brand-new, ice-kicking jams.

Recently, LA Weekly’s lovely blog posted one of the new tunes, “Inuit,” on its site. And there it waits for to come and download it. Get it HERE.

MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND Plays “Albatross, Albatross, Albatross” At the Actual Mt St. Helens

Earlier this month MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND performed at the actual Mount St. Helens for a special benefit concert in advance of the 30th anniversary of the volcano’s eruption. The band toured the Mount St. Helens Monument before they performed at the Johnston Ridge Observatory atop the volcano. Below is a video of “Albatross, Albatross, Albatross” from the show, which landed a spot as KEXP’s video of the week. More about the show is available at the KEXP blog HERE.

Stereogum Premieres Video For MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND’s Albatross, Albatross, Albatross

One year ago today, the good people of Stereogum declared Seattle’s MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND a “Band To Watch,” just as the band was playing its first official gig. To celebrate, Stereogum premiered the bands Matt Daniels-directed video for “Albatross, Albatross, Albatross.” Check out the video below and enjoy.

Meanwhile, the band will soon perform at the actual Mt. St. Helens on Aug. 15, as part of a benefit that will help build new exhibits within the various public observatories at the Mount St. Helens Monument, in advance of the 30th anniversary of the volcano’s eruption. Go HERE to pick up your tickets.

MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND To Play Mount St. Helens Aug. 15

Such an event surely was written in the stars. MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND will host a special benefit concert on August 15 at the Mount St. Helens Institute, the non-profit arm of Mount St. Helens Monument (a US Forestry site). Dollars raised at this event will go to build new exhibits within the various public observatories at the Mount St. Helens Monument, in advance of the 30th anniversary of the volcano’s eruption. As part of these pre-anniversary festivities, MSHVB will be guided by the Mount St. Helens Monument’s leading scientists to various sites throughout the monument, such as the pumice fields, and Mount St. Helens southern ridge, which was blown-off during the historic eruption. This event also marks the first time a band has ever played a volcano in the continental United States.

The concert, at Mount St. Helens’ Johnston Ridge Observatory will support development of the “Taking the Pulse of an Active Volcano” exhibit at Mount St. Helens. The event will begin with a presentation by Dr. John Bishop, a published Mount St. Helens researcher, who will discuss the changing landscape since the 1980 eruption. Tickets for this uber-special occasion are available online HERE.

Booking Agent Contact

U.S.:
BILLIONS - Andrew Morgan
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e: andrew@billions.com

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Hurrah by Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
Leaving Trails by Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
Cheer For Fate by Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
Anchors Dropped by Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band

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Albatross, Albatross
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Cheer For Fate
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