You might hear the tunes of the Misery Mountain Boys drifting from behind a rotating bookcase of a 1930’s speakeasy. Harkening back to a simpler time, the MMB’s create a collaborative soundscape infused with humour, tongue-in-cheek wit, nostalgia, and playfulness. With a mix of catchy originals and contemporary songs reimagined in driving swing, the melodies of the MMB’s deliver themselves as both surprising and inevitable. The band offers a diverse range of sonic experiences, urging audiences to gyration in the tassel-clad, sweaty swing numbers, and swaying in the velvety jazz tunes.

 

Born in the remote, river-laced hills of Northern Alberta, the Misery Mountain Boys is the black sheep brainchild of frontman Steven Gevenich, supplanted and enriched by bassist Lindsey Bueckert, clarinetist/saxophonist Sam Toms, & drummer Ethan Markwart. Each bring their impressive musicianship to the 7 year musical partnership, and this is readily apparent in the confidence of the four piece they embody.  Playful bass lines, energetic, snare-heavy drums, meandering & melodic clarinet, and Gevenich’s own skillful jazz guitar and gentle, gravely voice form the musical landscape of the Misery Mountain Boys.

  

 

Paying homage to the Prohibition era practice of transporting liquor in milk bottles, their new release, “Milk & Moonshine”, is an embodiment of simplicity & rhythmic abandon. Moving organically from jazzy shuffles to saccharine love songs to upbeat jump blues, the collective delivers an offering both lighthearted and confident, breezy and grounded in theirshared love of entertainment. The album listens as a piece that could very well be live - interspersed with candid count-ins and spontaneous instrumentals, but cleanly produced and thoughtful in its execution. 

 

 

 

A musical rarity in an industry busy with melancholy, the Misery Mountain Boys are a confident celebration of all that is exciting and moving about being alive.  The project firmly asserts that playfulness & ease are sacred, and we all have the right to boogie.

  

                    ‘Uptempo swing bred for grassy dance floors’

 
Steven Gevenich - guitar & vocals
Lindsay Bueckert - bass & vocals
Sam Toms - clarinet & saxophone 
Ethan Markwart - drums

Album History 

Milk and Moonshine - September 2019

Moon Dog and the Familiar Spirits - December 2016

Long Gone Cat Daddy - December 2015

Little Smoky - May 2014

 

MMB_stage_plot.pdf

 

 

 

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Upcoming Shows

Previous events

Nov2

Twin Butte General Store

Twin Butte General Store, Twin Butte, AB

Nov1

Olds Town Square

Olds Town Square, Olds, AB

Oct25

The Aviary

The Aviary, Edmonton, AB