Everest: Ownerless

Everest
Ownerless
(ATO)

Three albums into it, the LA-based band Everest is in the groove. The first two efforts hinted at great songwriting and even better musicianship, and that promise is finally fulfilled on Ownerless, their ATO debut.

Depending on who you ask, the band is crammed somewhere between rootsy Americana and straight-up rock (think U2 or Petty). And Ownerless is a perfect example of just how hard it is to categorize the band. The first half of the songs on the album are slow burners, at times a tad moody (like “Into the Grey” and “Give a Little”), but by the time they hit “Games” the band is in full-on kick out the jams mode.

Formed by Russell Pollard – formerly with Sebadoh, The Folk Implosion, and Earlimart – Everest is more accessible than his earlier bands, but just as creative (just listen to “Never Disappoint”).

Partially produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith, Foo Fighters), Ownerless is where you want to start if you are just getting into this band.