Thank You Scientist
Page 9, Moutain Kid
10261 Technology Blvd E
Dallas, TX, 75220
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 16 and over
Watch & Listen
Thank You Scientist
For the uninitiated, Thank You Scientist was forged from the music program at Montclair State University in New Jersey when guitarist Tom Monda met saxophonist Ellis Jasenovic and trumpeter Andrew Digrius. The three bonded over their love for Frank Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Beatles and Harry Nilsson. Those influences would become the seeds for what Thank You Scientist would evolve into today.
With the addition of vocalist Salvatore Marrano, bassist Greg Colacino, drummer Odin Alvarez and violinist Ben Karas, Thank You Scientist's lineup of virtuoso musicians was complete. The band would go on to self-release an EP, The Perils of Time Travel, in 2011 followed by their debut full-length, Maps of Non-Existent Places, in 2012, which caught the ear of Sanchez, a fellow purveyor of progressive stylings, and led to his signing of the band.
To pinpoint Thank You Scientist's sound would be inconceivable. On Maps of Non-Existent Places they hold a virtual master class on musicianship, fusing elements of progressive rock with jazz fusion, classical, metal, psychedelic and pop for a head spinning, mind-blowing listening experience. The seven-piece band, who collectively play some 20 instruments, boasts a hyper-composed sound which is indebted to their experience and formal training in both classical and jazz idioms.
A Frank Zappa for the indie generation? Incubus jamming with the Mahavishnu Orchestra? Mr. Bungle and Steely Dan joining forces to fight Godzilla? King Crimson and the Brecker Brothers serenading you at your bedside? It all seems so strange on paper, yet it's sure to satisfy your ears in the best of ways.
Page 9 is a Dallas, TX based quartet that is turning heads, worldwide. Armed with a unique hybrid sound of Powerpop and Alternative Rock, it's no wonder why singer- Josh Roa-Martinez, bassist- Lindan Scott, drummer- Anthony Goodman, and guitarist- Nathan Northcutt have a constantly broadening fanbase. The band has been consistently touring since 2008 when they released their debut full length, "Addiction In Recovery". Their first release helped them gain a nationwide audience through constant online promotion and a receptive audience who were yearning for a new sound.
So, when Page 9 entered the studio in late 2009/early 2010 with arising engineer Bryan David, their fans knew to expect something great. The band also enlisted the help of legendary producer John Naclerio (Brand New, Senses Fail, My Chemical Romance) to mix and master "Heartbeats & Citystreets" which the band says was "the perfect last piece of the puzzle" in what is an audibly stunning EP. Since the April 2010 release of "Hearbeats & Citystreets EP", Page 9 has seen an immense amount of success; scoring the band atop the Purevolume.com & Smartpunk.com music charts and putting the single "Crawl" among Purevolume.com's most downloaded tracks. The band has also been fortunate enough to share the stage and enjoy small runs with bands such as Jonny Craig (Rise Records), Cady Groves (Columbia Records), We Are The In Crowd (Hopeless Records), The Downtown Fiction (Photo Finish Records) and countless other national acts.
Page 9's continuous drive and their infamous devotion to their fans are merely the backbone in what make them one of the most promising up and coming acts.
"Prog-minded post-rock band with epic vocals, rad harmonies, and plenty of effects pedal-driven guitar crunch." -Steve Steward
Bands are funny things. Some people devote their lives to them, while others treat them as something to do before they settle down. Mountain Kid sort of splits the difference. According to guitarist Nicholas Wittwer, the band has been going for three years. He pointed across a table in Lola’s entryway patio, where we were talking to frontman Addison White. “The original member is that guy, though.”
From 2012 to 2014, White had a short-lived indie-pop band called Royal Savages.
“Toward the end of the Royal Savages, it wasn’t going well with the other members,” he said. “And I saw Lewis [Wall] and Ethan [Stone] play a show with Head of Savage. Lewis is the guitar and singer and the mind behind that band, and I thought those dudes were badass, so I asked them to jam with me. That eventually turned into Mountain Kid.”
Mountain Kid stayed busy initially, but like its progenitor band, it fell victim to membership changes.
“We were playing a lot of shows for about a year, and then our guitarist Josiah Hunter moved to Kansas City,” White said.
Wall moved to Hunter’s vacated guitar spot, and the band recruited then newly dissolved We’rewolves guitarist Rob Hine to play bass.
In the fall of 2016, the hits kept coming. Hine moved to Houston for a job, and at the same time, the other Mountain Kids started moving on – White jokingly refers to it as “graduating to Mountain Adults.” Stone became a father. Wall started grad school. By November, White’s band was essentially a solo project.
Despite the graduation, White was not yet finished with the band. In January, he started asking other musicians to revive Mountain Kid. One was his longtime friend and current roommate, Wittwer, who filled in on bass in Mountain Kid for a short time but bounced out due to scheduling conflicts. But when he moved into a west Fort Worth rental house with White, the pair eventually started writing songs together.
“At first, we thought we’d start another project,” Wittwer said. “But then he was like, ‘I have these other ideas, and I want to do Mountain Kid again.’ That was about four months ago, so it’s happened pretty quick.”
White recruited bass player Eliot Arriaza (Bomb Atomic, Get Well) to fill out Mountain Kid’s low end. Bomb Atomic broke up in April 2016, and Arriaza had lent his bass playing to a country-influenced songwriter named Zach Nytomt.
“But I missed being able to move around on stage,” Arriaza said.
Mountain Kid’s challenging arrangements re-ignited his fire for intricate four-string runs.
The new Mountain Kid lineup is anchored by Josh Banks on drums. The metal-schooled drummer splits his time between Mountain Kid and the blues-influenced riff-factory Arenda Light. White said he tried out several drummers, but none of them had the feel he was looking for until he found Banks.
Arriaza said the new stuff is “more in the pocket,” less “choppy.” The older material relied on chunky guitar riffs, but White agrees that the songs flow better, though Arriaza compares some of the band’s latest work to the Mars Volta, suggesting that the songs still unfold as a collection of movements as opposed to basic verse-chorus-verse arrangements.
White is excited about Mountain Kid’s direction. They plan on releasing a five-song EP at the end of the summer, recorded at the home studio of engineer Joe Burton. While they aren’t opposed to playing the occasional show out of town, touring isn’t all that interesting to them. They all have jobs and lives and prefer writing and recording to constant gigging (see: HearSay below), though they all enjoy getting onstage. The band plays music more as a creative outlet than anything else.
“It’s mostly just for fun for me,” White said. “I really love writing music, going to the studio and recording it, building a nice fan base and getting them to come out, and have fun with all my friends. That’s why I do it.” -Steve Steward
"Post hardcore meets indie soft rock." -Brandi Beckwith
"Mountain Kid is a band I’ve seen several times, however when they took the stage Friday night the five-piece had a high-octane energy I’ve never seen from them before. Maybe the rush of releasing an album adrenalized the group. The house was packed and the band began with a loud, heavy tune with thunderous drums that were layered by singer Addison White’s piercing vocals midway through. Ever the showmen, the Kiddos doused the stage with lights and fog that seemed to ratchet up the crowds enthusiasm. The second song of the set, “The Tick,” was a good mix of White’s more indie rock influences and guitarist’s Josiah Hunter’s noise rock style. Shake the Moon’s Drew Harakal provided keys for this special show and filled any gaps in the music. “Feet First,” a track from the new album seemed to be the favorite as the crowd all yelled “feet first into the ground” along with the boys." -Posted July 15, 2015 by Lyndsay Cole in Blotch.
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