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"It was actually hilarious, because it was only our second tour," McBean recalls. "I think they asked Arcade Fire, and Arcade Fire said no. And I think it was the guitar player, he really liked our first record, and they asked us, so we said sure."
Success followed quickly: 2008's "Stay Free" landed on the Spider-Man 3 soundtrack, and the band retooled some old and new songs for the soundtrack to 2010's Year Zero, a post-apocalyptic surfer film. In the meantime, they earned nominations from the Polaris Music Prize and the Juno Awards.
A follow-up to 2010's Wilderness Heart will have to wait. McBean says he and the band were writing in January, but it won't be until fall that they'll get a chance to record.
But a new Pink Mountaintops album has been circling the rumor mill since 2011, and McBean hopes to have that one wrapped up in June, after this tour. Steve Kille from Dead Meadow will be featured, as well as the band's only other longtime member, Gregg Foreman, formerly of The Delta 72.
"I suppose we stopped [recording] a bunch of times," McBean says. "So far, it's been a lot of fun to make. It's been playing with a bunch of good friends in Los Angeles . . . It's kind of a youthful, fun record so far. I think it's gonna be mostly live. Maybe a little of the funk vibe of the first one. Up-tempo rock 'n' roll, nothing too fancy. Kinda just doing it, having a good time."