The Pink Mountaintops, aka Black Mountaineer Stephen McBean and about a dozen friends, are releasing album three Outside Love on 5/5 via Jagjaguwar. Its ten songs are ostensibly about/influenced by “weddings in Montreal, winter, Pink Floyd’s The Final Cut, Christmas albums, that one Exile song and that one Echo and the Bunnymen song, the Bermuda Triangle, being depressed in the sunshine, people who haven’t made out yet but will in the future, The Everly Brothers, clowns in the ceilings, and bedrooms where skinheads used to live.” Then come the bloodsuckers. We asked McBean about Outside Love’s hauntingly hopeful “Vampires.”
How’d you come up with the idea of using Vampirism as a metaphor for unrequited or (un)”dead” love? It’s like “Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” but not really.
4am. Halfway home in a parking lot.
Who’s doing the bloodsucking?
Those who are nonbelievers. People who live in cement.
What does it mean to become creatures of the night?
Those who are free. Free to forget what it means to remain still.