HANCOCK?- Hailing from Minnesota, the band Red Mountain had never played in the Upper Peninsula before. That will change Wednesday when the band plays The Orpheum?Theater in Hancock.
According to frontman Anton Jimenez-Kloeckl, the band originally formed in 2007 as an outlet for his experimentation with atmospheric, improvisational music.
“There was a niche for that type of music in Duluth,”?said Jimenez-Kloeckl.
However, in its current incarnation, Red Mountain was born while recording their first album, “Scowl Lightly.”
But what makes Red Mountain different and unique is its ever revolving door of musicians that join the band.
“I?really enjoy welcoming musicians to the group because it allows the music to bend to each of our individual styles without hampering the message too much,” Jimenez-Kloeckl said.
Jimenez-Kloeckl’s main songwriting collaborators are Grace Holden (horn arrangement) and Matt Mobley (bass), whom he says are both geniuses in their own right.
“The fact that they share my enthusiasm for this project and its direction has allowed us to have a consistent but powerful sound,”?he said.
Putting a finger on the band’s unique sound may be a bit tricky. Jimenez-Kloeckl describes the music as Rhythmic, bohemian, pop music.
“A lot of people try to describe the sound and end up settling for the label ‘indie rock,'” Jimenez-Kloeckl said. “I?don’t feel disappointed with that label, because it’s true to some extent, but I?think of it as something more complicated. Calling us only indie rock is kind of lazy, I think.”
But despite how people describe the music, he and the other band members continue to love to perform.
“Every single time we play together, whether in rehearsal or on stage, there is a great energy that comes from someplace which is rewarding to channel and be a part of,”?Jimenez-Kloeckl said.
With a diverse sound, Red Mountain has played to diverse audiences. The band started out playing the punk scene in basements and warehouses, but were soon playing shows both outdoors and indoors accompanying full troupes and companies. They have also played colleges and auditoriums through their record label Chaperone Records.
“The audience response has always been great,” Jimenez-Kloeckl said. “We play many different styles of music blended into one and I think that is fun and challenging for an audience.”
Despite having never played the U.P. before, Jimenez-Kloeckl said he and the band are excited to perform here.
“We are really excited to do it,”?he said. “Being from Duluth we also have great expanses of wild space around us and feel like it does a great job at inspiring and respect,”?he said.
In addition to Red Mountain, Southwire and Kyle Ollah will also be performing at the show.
“We are thrilled and honored to be sharing such a powerful show with many talented artists,” Jimenez-Kloeckl said.
The bands will perform Wednesday night at The Orpheum Theater.