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INTERVIEW: Desert Mountain Tribe

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Couldn’t be better, thanks! We’ve recently been busy with recording new material and rehearsing for our last couple of shows of the year.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Take A Ride”?

“Take A Ride” was the first song we wrote together as DMT so it’s pretty special to us, to say the least. It’s been accompanying us for the last couple of years or so, and feels very natural and organic to us. Musically it resembles the band’s core characteristics so even though it may be “old” to us, we love going back to it every time. Maybe that’s because we see its theme of escaping the mundane everyday life as motivation to keep moving forwards.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

No event as such. But we wrote the song during our first ever rehearsal as DMT. We hadn’t seen each other prior to that for a couple of months and when we all finally came together we created “Take A Ride”. It was this song that proved to us that we should keep playing together and become DMT.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

You can find the video to the song on YouTube! The footage is taken from the 60’s documentary ‘Mondo Cane’ about the Reeperbahn, the red light district in Hamburg.

The single comes off your new album Either That Or The Moon – what’s the story behind the title?

We are all very interested in space and the cosmos, in particular interstellar space travel. That theme of the cosmos more or less flows through the entire record.

How was the recording and writing process?

Very organic. The album is basically a collection of our best songs written between 2012 and 2015. Some songs like ‘Take A Ride’ were written some time ago, whereas others such as ‘Runway’ were written a week or so before we hit the studio. Recording the songs was an amazingly satisfying feeling. We had been waiting to record them “properly” for so long so we tried to enjoy every moment of it.

What classic rock artists get to inspire the songs on this record?

The variety of different influences on this record is huge. Even though we all love artists such as Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead or Bowie we all venture into different genres as well. We’ve heard many times that the record is apparently influenced by the sound of the 60’s. Though that may be true for some ears we never intentionally sat down to write a song that sounds like a particular band, genre or era. These things all happen very organically. Besides, we also listen to a lot of contemporary music such as Dead Skeletons, The Dandy Warhols or Black Mountain.

What aspect of the moon and galaxy did you get to explore on this material?

Not so much aspects but rather the sheer size of space. It somewhat embodies infinite possibilities which we found inspiring when writing the record. We never pin down a song (or record as a whole) to just one or two aspects. We try to broaden it up so that each listener can make their own interpretations.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re getting ready to play the last few shows of this year. We have two more headline slots in London and Shrewsbury and then we will hit the road with Reef next week and in December. Can’t wait!

18/11/16               ELECTROWERKZ, London

19/11/16               WIGHTMAN THEATRE, Shrewsbury

24/11/16               BRUDENHALL SOCIAL CLUB, Leeds

25/11/16               THE PICTUREDROME, Holmfirth

26/11/16               THE ENGINE SHED, Lincoln

08/12/16               THE ASSEMBLY, Leamington Spa

09/12/16               CENTRAL STATION, Wrexham

What else is happening next in Desert Mountain Tribe’s world?

We’ve just returned from the studio and recorded new songs which, in combination with some other stuff, will be released next year in spring so keep your eyes and ears peeled.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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