THE last time brothers Quino and James McWhinney recorded songs in Jamaica, their band Big Mountain were working on the follow-up to their 1994 breakthrough album, Unity .
They are back at Anchor studios where Resistance, that album, was recorded. Delroy “Fatta” Pottinger, engineer for those sessions, is producer for the current songs.
Quino, guitarist and vocalist, is the older of the siblings and co-founder of the San Diego, California band. He said they are looking for “a real Jamaican roots feel” for Freedom, their next album which is scheduled for release in September.
That sound is way different from Perfect Summer, their previous album which came out in 2016.
“The last album was a very rock album, a very guitar type of album. It was an experiment we wanted to get off our chest,” Quino told the Jamaica Observer. “It was an Americana kind of reggae album.”
He and his bandmates plan to do as many as 13 songs at Anchor, including a collaboration with Michael Rose and drummer Sly Dunbar.
Big Mountain’s line-up also includes Jamaicans Paul Kastick on drums, keyboardist Richard Campbell and guitarist Audley Chisholm, and bassist Mike Ortiz. James is a percussionist and vocalist.