Buoyant and unbridled

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Grapevine-based indie-pop ensemble Mount Righteous plays Friday night at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios.

Mount Righteous makes joyful noise

There’s something incurably hopeful and happy about Mount Righteous.

The indie-pop nine-piece unabashedly borrows jingle-worthy hooks, stirs them into jutting rhythms and isn’t too cool for the marching band. (Mount Righteous comes complete with marching bass drum, and it also offers definitive proof that the tuba can be cool.)

The band — based in Grapevine but with ties to Denton — plays Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios on Friday night, headlining a show put together by Gutterth Live.

Mount Righteous’ debut, When the Music Starts, came out in 2008, followed by an EP (Open Your Mouth).

For the band’s self-titled 2010 full-length, Mount Righteous worked with John Congleton, one of the region’s sought-after producers. Mount Righteous has a when-carnivals-go-wild sort of sound — a lot of carefully plotted dissonance, perky vocals and loads of toy instrument-sounding effects. There’s a punk ethos to the self-titled second album, and a riskier approach to their core sound altogether.

The bottom line is that Mount Righteous seems to be conceived and born to rock the house show or whip festival crowds into a full-on frolic, complete with bubble-blowing and beach-ball bouncing in the crowd. They don’t make the sort of music that you put on to cook — unless you’ve got a kid’s birthday barbecue in the works.

Sounds like: Polyphonic Spree let loose in a high school band hall — minus the stage-y indie preciousness the Spree does so well.

They’re with the band: Allison Wenban, Alex Poulos, Austin Bird, Cory Graves, Lauren Wadsworth, Kendall Anne Kendall, Matt Fjordbak, Joey Kendall and Z Marxen.

Details: Mount Righteous, New Science Projects, Spooky Folk and Two Knights play Friday at Rubber Gloves, 411 E. Sycamore St. Doors open at 9 p.m. Cover is $5 for ages 21 and older; anyone younger than 21 pays $7.

— Lucinda Breeding


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