LOS ANGELES, - It's not every day a young band gets invited to join a legend on stage, for what's shaping up to be a most anticipated tour. Los Angeles-based quintet Everest had that very experience when Neil Young asked them to support his national tour, joining Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie, East coast and West coast, respectively.
This collective of talented musicians is no stranger to touring, having just returned from a European jaunt with My Morning Jacket, in addition to each individual's resume, ranging from stints in The Watson Twins to Sebadoh. As the Los Angeles Times pointed out, the band members "sport resumes longer than the intro to 'Cortez The Killer.'"
Everest's debut album, Ghost Notes (Vapor Records), is sonically reminiscent of the classic vintage equipment used to capture it. Recorded at Elliott Smith's former studio, New Monkey Studio, one can't help wonder if the album title reflects more than just a name.
Their California sun-soaked pop songs mesh into rocking proggy jams or spacey ballads, propelled by the unmistakable Hammond, slide guitars and Russell Pollard's gentle vocals. The beautifully produced (Mike Terry) tracks emit a certain sense of vinyl-era aesthetic, yet balance with a modern-day vibe, drawing from their influences yet never veering from their own unique pedigree.
EVEREST WITH NEIL YOUNG, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
October 29 - San Diego, Calif. @ Cox Arena
October 30 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Forum
November 1 - Reno, Nev. @ Events Center
November 4 - Kansas City, Mo. @ Sprint Center
November 5 - Omaha, Neb. @ Qwest Center
EVEREST WITH NEIL YOUNG, WILCO
November 29 - Halifax, Nova Scotia @ Metro Center
December 1 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Center
December 2 - Ottawa, Ont. @ Scotia Bank Center
December 4 - Toronto, Ont. @ Air Canada Center
December 5 - Toronto, Ont. @ Air Canada Center
December 7 - Detroit, Mich. @ Palace Auburn Hills
December 9 - Chicago, Ill. @ Allstage Arena *
December 12 - Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Spectrum
December 13 - Worcester, Mass. @ DCU Center
December 15 - New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
December 16 - New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
* No Wilco