lungs // chvrches
taking every chance to
find solutions that never make anyone happy
we are done this time
you don’t owe me
Deftones - Romantic Dreams
Queens Of The Stone Age - Mexicola
Recently, we learned that Uta Plotkin is leaving Witch Mountain. Yesterday, the band inexplicably posted “Changes” by Black Sabbath. Then came this announcement via Revolver this morning:
“It’s been a rewarding experience being in Witch Mountain,” says Plotkin, who joined the group in 2009. “I’ve met many wonderful people and helped make a lot of great music but after three albums I feel it’s time for me to move on to new projects, musical and otherwise. My creative spirit has always been a restless one. I hope our fans continue to enjoy our music and support Witch Mountain in its future incarnations.”
This was followed by a statement from someone else in the band:
“We love and support Uta in whatever direction her life takes her,” the remaining members of Witch Mountain comment. “Our collaboration with her over the last five years, three albums, and hundreds of shows has been a privilege. But the band existed long before we met her and will continue into the future. Somewhere in this wide world is a voice with the talent and ambition to help Witch Mountain continue to improve as we have with each new release and passing year. Someone (male or female) will eventually send us a demo that brings us to tears. Until then, we remain focused on our final tour with Uta, and promoting our brand new album. Thanks to all for your support.”
Two questions immediately popped into my head. First, why was nothing shared directly with the fans? At presstime, there was still no announcement on the band’s Facebook page (not even a link to the Revolver article). Perhaps the answer is that they wanted to share the news through a publication with wider reach than their Facebook page (which has 11,372 likes), but still…it made the experience seem a little impersonal for me. Maybe I’m alone in feeling that way. [Update: there is now a link to the Revolver article on Witch Mountain’s Facebook page. Ok, so not everyone’s as impatient as I am….]
The second question: Who can possibly rise to the stature of Uta Plotkin? It is Uta’s beautiful and seductively bluesy vocals have come to represent the Witch Mountain experience for so many of us. She’s not just a good singer, she can really bring it. In fact, she took Witch Mountain all the way to the top, joining the ranks of an elite few that have risen from the Portland scene to gain international recognition and a substantial following.
So I began asking around: do any recordings exist of Witch Mountain before Uta joined the team? The answer: yes, thanks to a very recent series of posts by YouTuber Finn Länd, who uploaded songs from their rare recording debut, Homegrown Doom (2000). At this point in their history, Rob Wrong was on vocals and guitars, Nate Carson on drums, and Dave Hoopaugh on bass.
As you can hear, the character of the band was quite different back then, though one can definitely sense the seeds of the greatness being planted that would sprout to life 11 years later. So, you see, Witch Mountain will survive—just don’t expect Rob or any of the others to lead off with “Shelter” at their first show of the 2015!
Whatever direction Witch Mountain takes from this point forward, we wish them the very best and will continue following their progress with enthusiasm. We especially wish Uta much joy and success in the journey she has chosen. Thank you for the many years you delighted us with your gift, and for the recordings you and the rest of the band leave us to enjoy for many years to come!
p.s. Read our recent review of Mobile of Angles here…and grab your tickets for this historic stretch of remaining shows.
Personally for me, this really, really, REALLY sucks. I loved Uta with Witch Mountain, and I’m stuck her wondering what she’s going to do with her career next. 2011’s South of Salem is a flawless album. 2012’s Cauldron of the Wild was great as well (even if I really hate the way Uta’s vocals were mastered). I’m hoping this farewell album will be worth the wait and will be a good swan song, because if it’s a letdown, that will make everything suck even worse.
I also want to add that I’m friends with Uta on Facebook and have seen/heard nothing about this departure from her. The whole thing is strange, but hey, she’s surely got a good reason to do her own thing. It might be for personal reasons, or maybe she and the boys were just growing apart musically. Either way, I wish everyone involved the best. Also, on Witch Mountain’s behalf, finding a vocalist to replace Uta is going to be a bitch. They’d better make a good choice.
He-Man woman-haters club.
Noah Landis - Neurosis
One of the highlights of any live show I’ve ever seen is when Noah headbanged so hard he hit his forehead on the top of his keyboard rig, ad blood was running down his face as a result, and he didn’t wipe it off, nothing. He just kept going. That’s how hard Neurosis still goes when playing live.
Hey there, I’m happy to see that I’ve kept most of my followers despite the content of this blog really going downhill in the past year. I know I told everyone back in May that I’d have this review up of the Circle Takes the Square show that came through Chattanooga in May, but…that night was just a bad night. I only saw half of CTTS’ set before having to leave, my boyfriend and I got into a small car wreck on the way home, plus all of my pictures came out looking like shit. I had nothing that I could have written about except for having a disappointing time. It was a reminder of how far from grace this blog’s content has fallen.
I kind of got depressed for a long time and just gave up writing here. The 7th edition of WOSMAW fell apart on me too, since only four people responded and three of those submitted interviews. I didn’t want to underwhelm anybody, so I just canceled it. Aside from that, I’ve had a lot of personal issues lately. On the upside, I have a well-paying corporate office job that is pushing me into the comfortable adulthood I’ve always dreamed of, I’ve celebrated two years with a great guy, I’m working on two music projects, and I’ve been obsessively into dieting and fitness, losing 16 lbs so far with a goal of losing 80 lbs total. The bad news is that doing all of these things has left me with very little time to update this blog. I am busy with something almost all the time. The bored college student sitting around writing articles about the sludge/doom scene got replaced with someone hustling to make money and shed body mass.
This doesn’t mean that I don’t still love the music, though - god knows that I do. I’m planning on seeing Primate and DRI shows in September and of course the Mastodon/Gojira/Kvelertak mega-gig in November (plus The Coathangers whenever the date is confirmed). Yet, in a way, I’m actually enjoying the music more now that I don’t feel obligated to promote it and write about it. For a while, keeping this blog up felt like a chore, like just another job I had to perform, and that didn’t make it feel fun. Besides, I love a lot of other styles of music that fall outside of the metal spectrum, so feeling expected to only write about one scene was cramping my style. I also felt expected to feign interest in certain bands on the scene whose music I honestly wasn’t feeling. That’s not something I should have to do.
If you still like this blog and support it, I hope you can understand why it’s been inactive for long periods of time. There’s just too much going on in my personal life right now (and for the past year there’s been too much, really). I’m trying to build my life up and be the person I’ve always wanted to be, so music blogging is just going to fall by the wayside. Until I decide to write articles and show reviews again (and posting up songs to promote artists), I’ll use this blog to post songs and photos of artists I admire and respect from a wider range of music genres. I’ll keep it active, but it will just be torqued down a few notches. Instead of blasting at 11, it will be at a modest 6 or 7. When I do crank it back up to 11 again, you’ll know…trust me, you’ll know.
Silver Fox status confirmed.