There are Fast Moving Mountains in Calgary??? And they play acoustic pop! Sort of . . .

Where the heck have I been? Who the heck cares?

Well, I’ve been personally creating a funding program for the University of Calgary’s Teaching English as a Second Language e-Learning certificate for Persons with Disabilities, apparently. Not by choice, I’ll add. Oh, and doing the coursework, too. So excuse my absence.

And, I’ve been chatting up a couple of local musicians, just to keep you happy and informed. *sniff* I’ve missed you, man *sniff* i really have *sniff*

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They don’t look that fast . . . . Image courtesy of the artist.

Josh, the songwriting/guitar playing half of Fast Moving Mountains makes no apologies for pretending to be a something they weren’t earlier this year.

“We were in the 2010 World Music Playoffs, ended up entering ourselves as a reggae band (?!), and when they realized we weren’t . . . it was already too late, ‘cause we were the first band up.”

Thomas Brinkhurst and Joshua Hughes are a Fast Moving Mountain, and definitely NOT a reggae band. And that little charade (“the crowd really liked it”) won them the opportunity to record their first CD, self-titled and sounding very live.

“We were trying to pack a lot into the recording time that we won, so a lot of it was done live.. . . But we knew our songs back to front; we’ve been playing a lot. We’ve had a show every weekend if not 2 or 3 times a week.”

What do they do on those occasions? Tom plays drums and keeps Josh on track, and Josh plays guitar and sings.

“We just found out today that we’re #1 for folk on the CJSW charts,” but Josh thinks of themselves as rock. “I think it’s just because we use an acoustic guitar,” He mentions that the first band he remembers seeing was Collective Soul, and they cover them and Nine Inch Nails (the Johnny Cash version). “I remember being a little kid at the Coke Stage going ‘yeah, collective soul!! only band i’ve ever heard but they’re my favourite now!’”

From their disc, the stylings of Neil Young or some simpler Feist tunes come to mind. But don’t take my word for it: January 14th they’ll be kicking up their heels in Dickens Pub, 1000-9th Ave. S.W., with The Pines, No Famous Death and The Ruminants.

And they won’t be playing reggae. No offense.

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Author: Carey Rutherford

Swallowed by the mutual loves of words and music (but far too chicken-shit to perform them with a band), Carey’s writing career started slowly as a freelance writer in 2003, starved him nearly to personal bankruptcy until 2008, and changed directions while writing for FastForward, Beacon Calgary, GayCalgary, and Examiner magazines. With the death of many old-school periodicals, and the explosion of musical diversity in Calgary, the modern approach to writing about live music performance in the Calgary region presented uncluttered landscapes for the focussed passion that Carey’s conversations with musicians, drag queens, festival producers and small animals has uncapped. He was moulded by the brilliance of paper-based periodicals old and new (Life, rolling Stone, Swerve! and Adbusters etc.), and sees the info-verse as needing creative, empathetic, but clear-eyed Agents to communicate these performances.