• Not sure which member of the band this is supposed to be.

Maybe you’ve checked out the bill for tonight’s Black Pus show at the Empty Bottle and thought to yourself, “Who the heck is Mounds?” The Bottle’s site identifies them only as “Michigan-based narrative synth-proggers,” and there’s no link to a website, Facebook page, or anything else.

Mounds turns out to be a difficult band to google, not least because of all the actual mounds in Michigan. (I also learned that the University of Minnesota marching band has used a formation called “The Mound of Sound.”) But with a little effort I found a Bandcamp page with what seem to be two demo songs. “Narrative synth prog” turns out to be pretty accurate—”New Bridge” sounds a little like some guys trying to soundtrack their D&D game, and I mean that in the nicest way possible.

The track is after the jump. And while you’re here, have you read the Artist on Artist interview my buddy Seth Sher from Zath and Psychic Steel did with Brian Chippendale of Black Pus?

Philip Montoro

Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid and another in 2021 for Leor Galil's history of Neo, and he’s also split three national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and two (in 2020 and 2022) for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. You can also follow him on Twitter.