Holiday Mountain was created by singer, pianist, and songwriter Laura Patino in 2010. Named after two of her great loves, Billie Holiday and the Colorado Rocky Mountains, whose beauty and sincerity have moved people throughout the ages. Patino was born in Colorado, where she was heavily influenced by the power of nature and rock 'n' roll as a young teenager. Trained in jazz and classical piano from a young age and a graduate of Berklee College of music, Patino composed songs for solo piano and voice for several years. While attending Berklee, she was fortunate enough to meet her fellow bandmates through the Boston DIY music scene, where she discovered that sometimes the most beautiful connections can happen in the dirtiest of Allston basement shows. Drummer Zander Kagle, bassist Brad Will, and guitarist Mike Simonelli all share the same core desire with Pation to make people groove hard until they have forgotten any qualms they have with existence.
Holiday Mountain incorporates reggae, indie, psychedelia, and dance styles to create a magical potion that will make even a dung beetle feel like an optimist. Their style has been described as a mixture of artists such as Man Man, Deerhoof, Andrew Bird, Santogold, M.I.A., and "the female version of Mr. Bungle."
Holiday Mountain is independently releasing their debut album, Become Who You Are, in the spring of 2012. The gang will be moving to the great city of Austin, Texas in September 2012, where they intend for their groovy sound to bloom and flourish in the Texas heat.
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