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.

MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND Featured On Daytrotter

MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND has been on a tear across North America since releasing their self-titled Dead Oceans debut later this year. On said tear, the band stopped by the Daytrotter Studios for a shred session. Hear the four-song session by clicking right HERE.

Daytrotter’s Sean Moeller said this of the band: “These are songs full of kicking and swinging, full of fight that seeks more eligible energy – a fire seeking more oxygen for a bigger pronouncement – and the smoke coming off of the towering inferno is that of something pleasant and dear despite the lacerations. “

MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND Rips A Live In-Studio Performance For KEXP

The fine young people of MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND recently stopped by their hometown’s most awesome radio station KEXP for a live-in studio session. The band brought along both their own flavor of Molly Moon’s ice cream and their insanely tight “punchy rhythms, melodic phrasing and sharp guitar shredding.” The KEXP site is offering up a hat-trick of videos from the session, and a fouth video as part of its Video of The Week podcast. Watch the video for “Who’s Asking” below.

This weekend MSHVB will play Sasquatch Festival before heading out for a full-on summer tour that includes a slot at Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music Festival. See a full list of dates HERE.

Spin sings the praises of MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND, premieres mp3 for

A week out from the release of MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND’S self-titled, Dead Oceans debut, tastemakers of all kinds are taking note. SPIN recently showed some love for the band, premiering an mp3 for album cut “Cheer For Fate.”

Spin had some kind words to share about “Cheer For Fate”: “‘Cheer For Fate,’ one the album’s best tracks, finds bandleader Benjamin Verdoes…singing about falling in love in the springtime. The song is a melodic tangle of sounds that recall a jangly, lo-fi version of Tokyo Police Club.”

Go HERE for the full Spin article.

Find the mp3 for “Cheer For Fate” HERE.

MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND creates its own flavor of ice cream with Molly Moon’s

MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND have teamed with, er, tastemakers Molly Moon’s to create a personalized flavor of ice cream – a concoction of coconut ice cream wtih chocolate chunks and huckleberry sauce appropriately named “Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band Ice Cream.” On Thursday, the band will serve as “guest scoopers” at the Molly Moon’s location in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood. Then, on Friday, the band will celebrate the release of its self-titled longplayer and Dead Oceans debut (release date: March 10) at Neumo’s, joined by Say Hi and Visqueen.

In March and April, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band will be on the road with labelmates Bihop Allen surround some soon-to-be-legendary appearances at SXSW. Peep all the dates HERE.

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