Formed in Seattle in the late '80s, Earth was conceived and incubated in the city's burgeoning punk and grunge scenes. But by the early '90s it rendered its own musical universe, championed by the band's guitarist Dylan Carlson, whose home recordings and experiments gave birth to Earth's droning, doom-laden and metal-influenced sonic palettes, filled with static hum and endlessly ringing deep notes. The band's few albums and EPs (and more straight-forward rockers like 1996's Pentastar: In the Style of Demons) launched or directly influenced dozens of bands — from doom metal demi-gods Sunn O))) to Japan's Boris, among others.
Nirvana fans celebrating that band's 20th anniversary release of Nevermind will recognize Carlson as Kurt Cobain's friend and collaborator, and unfortunately, the man who purchased the gun Cobain used in his death.
By 2005's Hex; Or Printing in the Infernal Method, the band amended its palette to near-country and sparse, sprawling Cormac McCarthy-worthy soundscapes. NPR's First Listen described 2011's gorgeous Angels Of Darkness, Demons of Light 1 as "Southwestern-tinged Americana" — "It’s hard not to think of the desert when listening to any Earth record in the last six years: The windswept loneliness of a cracked sand plane, the sun-bleached cattle skulls, the regal glory of an orange-saturated sunset — it’s all there, slow as syrup, heavier than a boulder strapped to your back.”
Listen to "Father Midnight":
Mount Eerie is Phil Elverum, the multi-instrumentalist behind The Microphones and now Mount Eerie, whose 2009 album Wind's Poem is a dense, un-hushed dreamworld influenced, according to Elverum, by his fascination with black metal and Twin Peaks (check out the Angelo Badalamenti score on "Between Two Mysteries.")
Earth and Mount Eerie perform at 9 p.m. tonight at One Eyed Jacks (615 Toulouse st., 539-8361). Tickets $12.