The extreme legendary prog band Jethro Tull with new video Mine Is The Mountain. John Bennett states, «A powerful visual representation of a profound evocative musical work from the creative brilliance of Ian Anderson and the current Jethro Tull».
Of the track, Ian Anderson comments: «Mine Is The Mountain is, perhaps, a late-life partner to the Aqualung album song My God. I had, as usual, a strong visual reference at the core of the lyrics. A miserable, committed trudge up Mount Sinai by Moses to face an angry maker before he must deliver the goods to his followers below is a powerful image, best imagined unless you are a wilderness trekker and much younger than I».
British progressive rock luminaries Jethro Tull released The Zealot Gene earlier in 2022, their first new studio album in over 18 years. Garnering critical acclaim, as well as the band’s first UK top 10 album since the 70’s, it also saw the band entering high in the charts in Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Austria and more.
With the band now back out on the road in Europe, they recently added the fan-favorite new track Mine Is The Mountain to their live set. To celebrate, a new video for the track has been commissioned, created by Tom Hicks who previously did the clip for Shoshana Sleeping.
A record that began to take shape as early as 2017, The Zealot Gene, in many ways, seeks to defy convention during a time when the business of being a touring and recording artist has never faced more uncertainties. Tull bandleader Ian Anderson holds no reservations about the role for which the mythos and themes of Biblical storytelling played in the lyrical content of the new album, saying:
«While I have a spot of genuine fondness for the pomp and fairytale story-telling of the Holy Book, I still feel the need to question and draw sometimes unholy parallels from the text. The good, the bad, and the downright ugly rear their heads throughout, but are punctuated with elements of love, respect, and tenderness». The track Sad City Sisters,
«Looking back on the earth-shaking disruption of the Coronavirus pandemic, which ultimately ended the band’s touring plans and hopes of a 2020 release for The Zealot Gene. It was so sudden. Amidst the concerns and warnings of the scientific community and a few more enlightened politicians, we all retreated in disbelief to our homes to wait out the storm».
The band currently consists of:
Ian Anderson – Flute, acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocals
Joe Parrish-James – Guitar
Florian Opahle – Guitar (album only)
Scott Hammond – Drums
John O’Hara – Piano, keyboards and accordion
David Goodier – Bass guitar