I Am The Mountain is everywhere, from bars and cafes, to caught-in-your-brain as you try and fall asleep. Beginning as a folk project of singer-songwriter Colton O’Reilly, the late-night campfire soul songs that once whispered between the pines in Kananaskis have echoed through almost every music-friendly space in Calgary. The horn-accented songs of I Am The Mountain are the most pleasant and reliable in a city with a maelstrom of eclectic indie. As the band grew into a full ensemble, the heart-on-sleeve earnestness of their early folk songs have morphed into luxurious still-life songs that bring bodies together with smart drumming and scintillating sparkly guitar work. The floating bass and fluttering horns circle around each other, sinking back like a warm hug from an old friend.
Colton graduated from the University of Calgary and now holds two degrees, one in Communications & Culture and the other is in Education. He is an Elementary Music specialist and dreams of teaching a grade 4 class full of brilliant eager minds. Colton is the lyricist and pulls meaning in from aspects of his life like family, emotion and the intricate experience in our lives.
Keath is finishing his schooling at the University of Calgary as a Performance major, on his Shimmering Trumpet, in the music department. He plans on becoming a junior high band teacher and is an aspiring musician at heart. Keath has played in many incredible projects across the city including the CYO, Stampede Showband, Ta Poketa Poketa, Evan Freeman, Natural 20, and many many more. . . We’re so lucky to have him!
Jesse is an incredibly talented bassist and is the open hearted friend everyone needs in their band and in their life, we should only be so lucky to know such a man. He warms us with his soul, his voice, his banjo maneuvers and his other incredible project Rosalind check them out, they’re awesome.
Jason is the one who is shredding those slick guitar lines in The fireside Room. He has really become a staple of our band and the way he can make his guitar sound like a motorcycle is pretty freaking awesome! He is the mature one of the group, and keeps us in line, although still likes to have a good time! Keep your eyes open for a behind the head solo, they are rare and so amazing!
Robin is not just the beats the hold us down, but the life blood flowing through us all in every practice and live show we play. We are so lucky to have his creativity and talent pouring into these songs, mixed with his stoic demeanour and mysteriousness Robin is a truly fascinating human and he is I Am The Mountain’s final piece – Our Drummer! Also, brothers with Jason!
Dylan is the final piece of our ensemble, the cherry on the top of a Denny’s chocolate milkshake. His Trombone playing is almost as good as his meme making and his smash-bro-ing. Dylan is one of the kindest most honest fellas you will ever meet and has a heart of gold. Check out his awesome project Seatback on youtube!