You might remember last year at this time when Everest was XRT’s House Band for the month of July. Last week, the Los Angeles-based group released their third album, Ownerless, on ATO/Vapor Records. In addition to the CD/Vinyl release, the album has also been made available for online streaming. The exclusive stream features all 12 of the album’s tracks, but with a special feature: intro commentary for each song from the band’s members.
“What does it mean to be ownerless?” In their new album, Los Angeles-based group Everest addresses this question. The commentary before each track provides the listener with insight on the band’s creative process, and the motivations behind each song. As written on the band’s website, “being ownerless represents a kind of creative freedom the likes of which you have never known before.” The band uses the twelve streaming commentary tracks to share this sense of freedom with their audience.
The album blends rock, indie-pop, and folk vibes, with many of the songs originating from jam sessions, sound checks, and recording exercises. “We all took turns playing different instruments, singing, playing percussion,” says guitarist Joel Graves. “It’s the most collaborative thing we’ve ever done together.” The streaming commentary explains the meaning behind each song, ranging from moving beyond frustrations in life (“Give A Little” and “Raking Me Over The Coals”) to “asking [my girl] to forgive me for being a total douchebag sometimes” (“Letter”).
Check out the album stream with commentary (above). You can purchase Ownerless on iTunes or on the band’s website in digital, CD, or vinyl form (everestband.com). If you’re staying in town for July 4th, be sure to check out Everest at Lincoln Hall on the 5th with Alberta Cross (tickets available NOW).