By Andrew Bardsley
CALGARY – Colton O’Reilly, the primary songwriter for I Am The Mountain who have released material since 2014, was ushered along with his band into the spotlight for their impressive six-song EP, We’re Here For Each Other. The EP garnered them four nominations at the YYC Music Awards in September which included Alternative Recording of the Year for “Motorcycles,” along with nods for Group of the Year, Music Video of the Year (“Motorcycles”) and Songwriter of the Year.
With all of this attention you’d think O’Reilly and company would be ecstatic to rise above the field, but their attitude, until now, was somewhat cynical. “We used to enter Battle of the Bands stuff and so many other competitions, and we just never ever won anything. It was like a weird curse. I used to think these things were always weird, but after a while I came around on it and started to realize that it is pretty sweet to be nominated by your city.”
I Am The Mountain, a sophisticated, dreamy, breezy, sometimes jazzy pop-rock outfit, includes bassist vocalist Jesse Shire, drummer/vocalist Robin Cillo, guitarist Jason Cillo and trumpet/tuba/flugelhorn/pianist Keath Mueller are led by the impassioned O’Rielly. Grounded in close personal relationships, much of what O’Reilly writes about is heartfelt dealing with struggles and conflict, yet still yearns for optimism. He’s bent on bringing everyone in.
“These songs have always been from my perspective and my experiences, but I don’t want these songs to just be my songs. I want these to be our songs.”
I Am The Mountain perform Oct. 12 at Festival Hall with Danny Vacon (Calgary), and Oct. 26 at the Palomino with Thomas (Calgary)Colton O’Reilly, Danny Vacon, Festival Hall, I Am the Mountain, Palomino, Strength in Numbers, Thomas