Mount Pressmore makes music that crosses cultures and transcends categories. Their single, “Trampoline,” off their 2013 album, Enjoy, was featured by KUTX as Song of the Day on December 3, 2013. Of Mount Pressmore’s sound, KUTX deejay Paul Carrubba wrote, “It’s virtuosic, but it feels familiar.” It’s Herbie Hancock meeting Peter Gabriel in a Danny Elfman film score. It’s a comedy, for sure, but one that balances social satire with self-examination.
The band’s second studio album, The Masked Battle, will be released on July 1, 2017. Emerging five years into the band’s life span, The Masked Battle displays Mount Pressmore’s deep chemistry, inveterate searching, and visceral style. As lead singer Thomas Shaw describes the record, “[It] removes a beating heart from its ribcage, stomps on it in compound time, and folds the remains into a sonic tapestry of alienation and anxiety.”
The band has showcased at local and international festivals in Austin, such as the second annual VoyagerFest in September 2016 - an Austin-centric music festival devoted to progressive and experimental music. They also headlined the Austin International Pop Overthrow Festival in December 2016 for the third year in a row. Mount Pressmore continues to play regional shows and develop material for two new albums to be released in 2018.