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Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (previously A Silver Mt. Zion, The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band with Choir and Thee Silver Mountain Reveries) is a Canadian band which formed in 1999, originating from Montreal, Quebec. They use a number of different variations of the name on different releases, but the group use the shorthand SMZ and their name is most often simplified to Silver Mt. Zion. Since their inception, the group has undergone almost yearly personnel changes. The band currently has five members following the resignation of three in late 2008.

The band has released seven studio albums and one EP, publishing them through the influential record label Constellation. Their debut album He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms… was released in 2000 and—with the exception of two tracks—is a purely instrumental record. As other records were created, their sound and membership progressively changed from a sequestered trio to a boisterous quintet. By the release of Horses in the Sky, the group became overwhelmingly vocal in its style.

Their album, Kollaps Tradixionales, was released in February 2010. It consists of seven songs, three of which previously debuted at live performances. On November 19, 2013, a new album titled Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything was announced, which was released in January 2014.

Silver Mt. Zion's music has been described as "post-rock", though the band members are hesitant to use the term. Singer and guitarist Efrim Menuck identifies with punk rock ethos and aesthetic.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2000 He Has Left Us Alone, but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms… A Silver Mt. Zion 5 4
2001 Born Into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band 5 4
2003 "This Is Our Punk-Rock," Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + Sing, The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band With Choir 4
2005 Horses in the Sky Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band 4
2008 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band 4 4
2010 Kollaps Tradixionales Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra 5 2
2014 Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra 4 2

EP

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2004 Pretty Little Lightning Paw Thee Silver Mountain Reveries 2
2012 The West Will Rise Again Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra 1
2014 Hang On to Each Other Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra feat. Ariel Engle 1

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