Mount Righteous

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Mount Righteous
Origin Grapevine, Texas, United States
Genres Folk Punk
Labels Righteous Records
Members Allison Wenban
Austin Bird
Cory Graves
Joey Kendall
Kendall Smith
Mason Ponder
Zicole Marxen
Lauren Wadsworth
Aubrey Ashenhart
Past members Lee Bond
Adam Neese
Casey Colby
Amber Elkins
Justin Spike
Mr. Clint Parker
Ashley Randall
Allison Wheeler
Esteban Silva
Laura Neeley
Derek Terry

Mount Righteous is a band from Grapevine, Texas. They play a vibrant and eclectic indie-pop with a heavy emphasis on varied instrumentation. Their sound has been described as an acoustic-punk marching band[1] and compared to other large collectives including I'm From Barcelona, Architecture In Helsinki, and fellow North Texas-based band The Polyphonic Spree.[2]

Their debut album, When The Music Starts, was released in 2008. Mount Righteous toured throughout the United States in support of the release of this album. The band released a five song EP entitled Open Your Mouth on September 25, 2009.[3] In January 2010, they recorded their sophomore release with producer John Congleton, who has worked with acts such as St. Vincent, Polyphonic Spree, and his own band The Paper Chase. Mount Righteous performed multiple sets at the 2009 and 2010 South by Southwest music festivals in Austin, Texas, including a set on the Lamar Boulevard Bridge which was attended by celebrity fan Bill Murray.[4][5] Their debut album When the Music Starts was awarded the 'Big Album' trophy at the 2009 Big Thing Awards, hosted by Quick, a Dallas alternative weekly. Their eponymous second album was released on April 3, 2010, at Good Records in Dallas, and has been described as being more explosive[6] and aggressive[7] than their debut. In July 2010 the group was awarded a Dallas Observer Music Award in the category 'Best Experimental/Avant Garde Group'.


  • Allison Wenban - Trombone, Baritone
  • Austin Bird - Flute, Electric Guitar, Floor Tom
  • Cory Graves - Trumpet, Baritone
  • Joey Kendall - Bass Drum/Snare Drum
  • Kendall Smith - Bells, Melodica, Screams
  • Mason Ponder - Sousaphone, Trombone, Floor Tom
  • Z Marxen - Cymbals, Percussion, Whistles, Melodica
  • Lauren Wadsworth - Melodica, Misc. Percussion
  • Aubrey Ashenhart - Trombone




  1. ^ Michels, Patrick (March 10, 2010), DC9 Live at El Sibil, Ep. 10: Mount Righteous, DC9 at Night 
  2. ^ Freedman, Pete (June 5, 2008), Aint No Mountain High, Dallas Observer 
  3. ^ Jones, Preston (September 11, 2009), Mount Righteous releasing EP Sept. 25, Star-Telegram 
  4. ^ Paul, Gavin (March 20, 2010), Unofficial SXSW 2010: Friendship Bracelets, Paste Magazine 
  5. ^ Jones, Preston (March 20, 2010), North Texas acts make impact at Austin music fest, Star-Telegram [dead link]
  6. ^ Hauk, Hunter (March 31, 2010), Mount Righteous turns the page, Quick DFW 
  7. ^ Freedman, Pete (April 1, 2010), Mount Righteous, Dallas Observer 

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