And you thought Space Mountain was just a ride at Disney Land, huh? Third Outing caught up with one of the best 90's kick backs in town to talk about his new record label, why the sounds of Weezer are making a come back, and most importantly, to show why his latest release Gargantua is being so strongly received. Space Mountain take it away...
Who are ya?
I'm Cole! I make music as Space Mountain and recently started a record label called Dust Etc. Once I put my tape out, I realised it [starting a record label] was something I wanted to do. I feel like there's a lot of under-appreciated music out there. I think Dust Etc will be a cool way to share some of that stuff, and hopefully create a sense of community in the process.
Certain elements of 90's guitar rock are becoming prominent in a lot of young bands' music today. That being said, I think a lot of it is really new and exciting. Just because a band is making songs with fuzzy guitar tones doesn't necessarily mean their music is derivative. I wouldn't go as far as saying it's the sound of a generation, because all the DIY stuff going on is still a relatively small sect of what's out there. But I think it makes sense that a lot of young musicians who grew up listening to Weezer or Pavement would tend to write songs in that general sound.
The tune and likes
Andromeda is a quick little rocker that was basically intended to be catchy. I don't like to over-explain my lyrics, but the general idea of that one is awe, and wonderment at something larger than yourself. The "white ring in the sky" in the chorus is referring to a lunar eclipse.
"I am afraid of growing old" casually sings Cole Kinsler on She Saw Me from his latest record Gargantua. Released last October, this record is a trip into Space Mountain's world, which can be summarised easily as: "we’re not entirely in control of our own mind, and we rarely know what’s best for ourselves".
Cole doesn't like to over-think his lyrics, in fact his lyrics often don't have a meaning. They do, however, capture a mood or a feeling, which sometime means so much more than making sense. It is with this tactic, so to speak, that Space Mountain is reviving the 1990's. When you first listen to the record, Pavement and LVL UP are all over the songs. There’s the David Berman style, jerked vocals, cool bass lines and the slow soft drum rhythms; all of which merge together to create something truly magical. With this Cole manages to capture the essence of music at its best and simplest, and that's what the 90's were all about.
Though it is nothing new or particularly rare, this sound is making a strong come-back within the DIY music community. Whether it's Indie Rock or Shoegaze, a new generation of young musicians are reclaiming and re-appropriating the genre. "I wouldn't go as far as saying it's the sound of a generation" says Cole, "but I think it makes sense that a lot of young musicians who grew up listening to Weezer or Pavement would tend to write songs in that general sound".
A style Cole has developed since his second release Wilderness Explorer in 2014, the new record is clearly inspired by spoken word artists of the likes of Bill Callahan, Beat Happening and Spook Houses. This way of singing comes naturally to Cole, so why not use it? After all, "it's the only way I can sing that will pass as singing...so it's kinda out of necessity".