Up and comers on the Indie-folk scene, the four members of Desert Noises are excited about their summer tour schedule, which includes Austin City Limits and Loufest (in St. Louis, MO) where they will share the bill with headliners The Killers and Wilco.
I caught up with front-man Kyle Henderson in a phone interview from their native Utah, where they had just returned from some time in the recording studio. The guys are working on a new album, scheduled to come out late this year or early next. Desert Noises has three releases already, but this latest formation is “more of a solid band,” according to Henderson.
Their sound has been compared to Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty, which thrills Henderson. He says those comparisons are also part of their inspirations, along with Modest Mouse and Tame Impala. He adds when they jump in the van, the music they listen to is typically 30 years old.
Writing is a big collaboration for Desert Noises. Henderson often comes up with lyrics or a melody, then they “throw it into the band blender and mix it up.” Their blender must be a timeless classic, because the twentysomethings operating it are producing soulful tunes that “conjure the majesty of the American pastoral landscape.”
The guys are sure to add to the picture of that landscape this summer, while they attempt to work on their hope of playing every state. Henderson says there are only 12 they haven’t hit so far, and they would love to go to Europe next.
If you haven’t heard of them, check out www.desertnoises.com for a sample of their recent EP, “I Won’t See You,” and cute boy videos including catchy Indie-folk anthem, “Oak Tree” and a song about Steven Hawking , “Birds,” filmed during a performance at The Metro in Chicago. Up to date tour info can be found at facebook.com/desertnoises.
Desert Noises plays Sam Bond’s Thursday, June 6th at 9pm with Parson Red Heads and Said the Whale, who they are on tour with, $7. The guys played there this winter to a full house. Henderson invites you all to “come out and have a good time, I’m sure we will be.” These guys are a sure thing, and are destined to be added to your summer roadtrip song list.