Desert Noises play Pittsburgh this Tuesday alongside The Wheeler Brother at Club Cafe, in the South Side. The band calls Utah home, and they are touring in support of their new album, 27 Ways, which is currently streaming via Paste.
I'm a fan of the whole Southern psychedelic rock vibe - My Morning Jacket, White Denim - and these guys definitely seem to be approaching that. I know that Utah isn't "Southern," so perhaps Western Psych (?!) is the appropriate term? Whatever the label - Americana, roots-rock, indie-folk - I like what they have to offer. Here's a new track from the album, "Out of My Head."
Tuesday, the day of the show, also happens to be the release day of the band's new album. We were fortunate enough to catch up with Kyle Henderson, frontman for Desert Noises, before the start of their tour:
PMR: First of all, your new album, 27 Ways, comes out the day of your show here in Pittsburgh, March 25. Does this mean we get the official "Album Release Show?" Do you have anything special planned for the occasion?
KH: Since we are on the road it's hard to do anything to special but we definitely will be celebrating.
PMR: Speaking of 27 Ways, I'm a big fan of it. I never really understood the "psychedelic rock" label after listening to your last album, if I'm being honest. But there are some songs on here, like "Shiver" and "Elephant's Bed," that are pretty far out. Was there a conscious decision to make a switch in that direction for the new album, or did you guys listen to the playback and say damn, we have been listening to a lot of Tame Impala?
KH: Hah, there wasn't a conscious decision we just did what the song called for and tried to be as honest in our hearts as possible.
PMR: How was SXSW? It seems like most bands have a great time, but others seem put off by it, like they're part of some huge dog and pony show.
KH: I can definitely understand why some feel that way. It's so much running from here to there and playing over and over again. It's an exhausting experience but it's a blast looking back. Lots of great people and too much great music.
KH: Not really. We were so busy it was just here to there all of the time. We did get to play with Diane Coffee and they were really great and a bunch of nice guys.
PMR: Your tour with the Wheeler Brothers starts in DC Saturday. What's your relationship like with these guys? Did they take you around Austin at all?
KH: We've never really hung out...It's going to a blast to get to know them.
PMR: As far as I can tell this is your first time playing Pittsburgh. Is there anything you plan to do while in town?
KH: Nothing that I know of.. I'm just waiting to hear what's good and needs to be done.
- B. Conway