Progressive Rock legends Jethro Tull have released a video for the track Mine Is The Mountain. It is taken from the album The Zealot Gene that the band released earlier this year, the first new studio album in over eighteen years for the group. It drew fairly widespread critical acclaim, becoming Tull’s first UK top 10 album since the 1970s. It also saw the band entering high in the charts in Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Austria and others.
With the band now back out on the road in Europe, they recently added the fan-favourite 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. You can watch the video for Mine Is The Mountain here: https://youtu.be/dwn6_qikkwQ
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.”
Watch the previously released videos are still viewable here:
The Zealot Gene: https://youtu.be/1APwlHY50vo
Sad City Sisters: https://youtu.be/lsQJl8tXO1Y
Shoshana Sleeping: https://youtu.be/uPTeqsBd1Ik
Ian 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.”
Reflecting on the earth-shaking disruption that the Coronavirus pandemic caused, which ultimately ended the band’s touring plans and hopes of a 2020 release for The Zealot Gene, Anderson says, “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 continue to tour in support of the album, with dates scheduled for Tull or Ian until the end of the year. Visit the band’s website for more details. There are a few UK dates included.