Establishing themselves in the current psych-rock scene in 2014 with the release of their debut ‘DMT EP’, the London based trio Desert Mountain Tribe have subsequently proved themselves a formidable live presence after sharing stages with the likes of Toy, Wovenhand, The Wytches and Damo Suzuki and performing at several festivals.
That 12” EP generated positive coverage from many media pundits, while lead track ‘Take A Ride’ attracted airplay on BBC 6Music (including a ‘Recommends’ slot). Recorded direct to tape at Shaken Oak Studios, Oxon and mastered by Brett Orrison of The Black Angels, the scope of its four songs clearly demonstrated that this was a band to watch. Its release followed the appearance of another early group effort on ‘Reverb Conspiracy Vol 2’ (released jointly by Fuzz Club Records and Austin Psych Fest).
2015 saw DMT attract rave notices from the psych community in mainland Europe via appearances at Eindhoven Psych Lab and Lisbon Psych Fest along with their first headlining tours of Scandinavia, the Baltics and Germany. This has subsequently led to a Europe-wide label deal with the Hamburg based indie powerhouse Membran, who will release the band’s debut album in March 2016.
The album was recorded during the second half of 2015 and is both expansive and explosive in its musical scope. The short sharp shock that was the pre-Xmas teaser song ‘Runway’ drew favourable comparisons to the likes of Kasabian and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, demonstrating that this is a band with crossover rock appeal (it was also a Classic Rock ‘Track of the Week’), while the swirling, keyboard-assisted likes of ‘Enos In Space’ (named after the second chimpanzee launched into space) offer solid proof of their potential.
DESERT MOUNTAIN TRIBE + HOWLAND + TUSKA + ORGANISED SCUM
Upstairs at The Electrowerkz 7 Torrens St, London EC1V 1NQ
Friday November 18th 2016. 6.30pm-Late. £5.00
Desert Mountain Tribe
Following a successful début EP, from which standout track ‘Coming Down’ was featured on Fuzz Club’s & Austen Psych Fest’s Reverb Conspiracy Vol.2, the band has gone on to perform at leading festivals within the psych community like Eindhoven Psych Lab ’15 & Lisbon Psych Fest ’15.
A handful of cool and well-received demos recorded via the Converse Rubber Tracks project in London early 2015, led to the band signing an album deal with indie giant Membran Entertainment Group in Europe/UK, and the well respected Metropolis Records in north America.
Sheer space rock bedlam?’ – Clash
‘It goes without saying that Desert Mountain Tribe have crafted one of 2016’s finest debuts’ 9/10 – Drowned In Sound
‘It might as well be George from It’s a Wonderful life on lysergic, lassoing the moon’ – Art Rocker
‘Taking what they found in psych music and driving it with a more conscious
energy’ – 1883
‘Cologne via Croydon psych-noisenik three-piece lay down a daunting early-year marker for the competition’ – Louder Than War