I would hope that every Cleveland stoner made their way to the Beachland Ballroom for this psychedelic riff fest, cause they really would’ve gotten their money’s worth. Black Mountain and Quest For Fire teamed up for a show that would result in sore necks and throbbing heads the day after. Quest For Fire hit the stage first and in my honest opinion, they absolutely ruled. I had a few beers to help me, but I was digging it real hard. They stormed through “Bison Eyes” and “Strange Waves” from their self-titled debut, and played a bunch of new songs from their upcoming album, Lights From Paradise. Near the end of their set, the ballroom started to fill. It was somewhat surprising, considering Akron blues kings, The Black Keys, were playing a big sold-out show across town. Black Mountain took the stage and began softly with a new song, “Radiant Hearts”, from their upcoming Jagjaguwar album Wilderness Hearts, and then bashed into the title track for the new album. Since seeing them at the Grog Shop a couple years ago, not too much as change. The guitars are sludgy, the drums explosive, the organs sly, and the vocal combination of Stephen McBean and Amber Weber was both sexual and harsh. The highlight of their set was In The Future epic, “Tyrants,” which they quickly followed with new song “Old Fangs”, which can be downloaded below. About half-way through their set, a few chuckling comments were yelled out from the excited Cleveland crowd like, “Cleveland loves your keyboardist!” and the best one “We love Black Mountain more than the Black Keys!” That pretty much sailed everyone into a big giggle, including a few rare smiles from the band. After the insane amount of head-banging I did in closer “Don’t Run Our Hearts Around,” Black Mountain left the stage only to return for a three song encore including “Queens Will Play” and In The Future opener “Stormy High.” Overall, it was definitely one of the best shows I’ve seen this summer and I believe the crowd would wholeheartedly agree. Hit the jump for some pretty cool photos, if you ask me, and videos of Black Mountain’s “Tyrants” and “Old Fangs”, and Quest For Fire’s “Bison Eyes,” as well as the setlist. And by the way, it was feeling like a black-and-white show.
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