Pop/Rock

Roadkill Ghost Choir & Desert Noises

When: Sat., April 12 2014

DESERT NOISES

Kindred souls to sun-dappled Australian acid popsters Tame Impala, Desert Noises is both more rootsy and less wistful than those psychedelia-peddlers from down under. Instead of ’60s signposts like The Beatles’ Revolver, Desert Noises draws on the direct, carefully crafted songwriting of ’70s icons — the crisp, country-flavored pop-rock of Tom Petty and the soulful simplicity of Harvest-era Neil Young. With roots in the Mormon community of Provo, Utah, Desert Noises thrives on the tension generated by a restrictive, pressure cooker society set in the middle of nature’s sweeping spaces. This see-saw pressure informs even the most placid melodies on the 2011 LP, Mountain Sea. Desert Noises’ newest album, 27 Ways, touches on the myriad methods of getting the hell out of Mormon-town, including hitting the wide-open road. That move has expanded the band’s horizons as well as pumping up its sound. Without forsaking its straightforward tunefulness, Desert Noises rocks harder, and the ’70s psych in its DNA has traded the airiness of America for the cosmic blues of early Led Zeppelin. With the band’s added confidence and dynamics, Desert Noises just made a big splash at SXSW. (Pat Moran)

Price: $12.00


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