Amid the current industry of cool, Mount CarmelåÕs lack of gimmick is a welcome anachronism. The trioåÕs third album åÒGet PureåÓ is full of swagger, packed with great songs and inspired performances.
Described once as "thee only non-bullsh*t hard rock band in goddamn America," Mount Carmel was formed in 2010 by brothers Matthew Reed (vocals/guitar) and Patrick Reed (bass), with James McCain (drums), and hails from Columbus, Ohio.
The power-trio already has two albums and a lot of road under its belt, and has earned a reputation as a stellar live act. "Get Pure", their new album for Alive Naturalsound, is a new beast. It was recorded in Cleveland at Suma Recordings by Paul Hamann, where albums by Pere Ubu and the Black Keys were made, and mixed in Detroit at Ghetto Recorders by Jim Diamond, and captures the power and intensity of the band's straight-up and sans revisionist blues rock sound. This is true rock music like you havenåÕt heard in years. Crank it up!
To play boogie so hard it sounds like har*core you have to be some bold, badass, bombastic, boredom breaking boog-ers! They get a top rating from the BBBB (The Better Boogie Bluesrock Bureau). -- Roctober
An authentic, unpretentious fusion of the past and the present. -- Stage Buddy
Simple riffs and strong vocal presence give way to delicate solos, alluding to one big jam session. ItåÕs a simple formula, whose positive results arise from the talents of the three gentlemen at the helm. -- Blues Rock Review
Like the blues, traditional rock åÔnåÕ roll remains a great musical building block and form. ItåÕll never be out of date. Mount Carmel shows their devotion to the crunchy riff on åÒBack on ItåÓ, a smokinåÕ tune from their album, "Get Pure". -- Popmatters
The music's of a time but also, in a way, now also timeless. ItåÕs unclear what they put in the water out Ohio way but letåÕs hope the still doesnåÕt get shut down soon. -- I-94 Bar