On June 6 of 2006 (06.06.06), THIS WILL DESTROY YOU and Magic Bullet Records unassumingly issued a 6-song compact disc out into the world called “Young Mountain.” Originally recorded as a demo/document to commemorate 4 guys’ college band, the scope never centered around the notion of the music being commercially released, as most of the band members intended to move on to more traditional careers after school. Magic Bullet ended up doing quite a bit of convincing (something along the lines of “let’s just do a small run and have you do some dates with a label band this summer… just for fun”). The initial pressing was a mere 1000 copies, just enough to have something to sell at the merch table on the inaugural tour with labelmates SPARROWS SWARM AND SING, via retail stores, and the label’s mailorder.
Young Mountain is the first EP by the American band This Will Destroy You. It was originally self-recorded and self-released in 2005, and was intended to be a demo to be sold after local shows. Although it was then only available as a CD-R, the EP began to receive press mentions, including being named one of the best instrumental releases of the year by The Silent Ballet. The band soon attracted the attention of Magic Bullet Records, who repackaged the record and released it in CD format in June 2006. This was followed by a cassette release in December of the same year and a vinyl release the following March. The EP has generally received positive reviews, including being named best album of 2006 by the editor of Rock Sound magazine, Darren Taylor.
What happened from there can only be described as a true overnight sensation, thanks in part to not only how quickly their live reputation garnered word of mouth, but the power of a new video streaming site known as YouTube, wherein fans around the world could view and share professionally-shot, multi-camera footage of the band performing at The Paradox Theatre in Seattle on August 5, 2006 via the social networking platforms of the time. Emergency represses of the CD’s (and later, LP’s) became the norm while everyone involved tried to get a grip on just how much growing demand was truly out there with each passing week.
To wrap up 2016, the band and label have chosen to commemorate the 10 year mark via a series of live shows wherein the band will perform “Young Mountain” (in its entirety) back to back with a full performance of 2008’s “S/T” album. For a limited time, fans will also be able to purchase special, limited copies of the recording on CD and LP with the bonus track “Sleep,” a previously-unheard song recorded during the tracking of the album. Digital and streaming will also be made available in perpetuity.
YOUNG MOUNTAIN 10TH ANNIVERSARY SHOWS:
• 11.04.16 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/Balmorhea
• 11.05.16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom w/Balmorhea
• 11.12.16 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda w/Botany
• 11.18.16 – Chicago, IL @ Metro w/Young Widows, RLYR
• 11.20.16 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/Christopher Tignor (SOLD OUT)
• 11.21.16 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/Young Widows