Friday, 1 March 2013

Desert Noises - I Won't See You EP

EP review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk


Some records take you back to a different time, often a time you weren't even alive to experience, but the period we're transported to on this new EP from Utah group Desert Noises is something of a personal journey for me. Being a teenager in the 1990s and spending those years listening to the thriving indie and alt-rock scenes of the time, the music on the 'I Won't See You' EP is like looking through an old photo album of those years. With these three songs they've managed to combine many of the bands and scenes of the time together into one. Although somehow these songs don't sound dated; maybe because the memories are old but the music is new.

The title-track combines the 60s jangle that Teenage Fanclub, 18 Wheeler and co. were enjoying success with and has harmonies to match. The chorus borders on being commercial rock but this can be put down to the evolution of music over time, or certainly the perception of music. 'Wings Of White' recalls what was happening in America (if you looked outside the grunge and college-rock scenes) and is more guitar-driven goodness. The final trip down memory lane is 'Birds' which delves deeper into the US scene and does toy with a harder sound that's not dissimilar to Cracker. The music isn't as cutting edge or alternative as it was back then but it's still enjoyable, especially when viewed through rose-tinted spectacles, and the melodies are ace.



Desert Noises' website

Stream or buy the album

Catch them live:

3/1 | Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep | 8pm
3/2 | Lincoln, NE @ The Zoo Bar | 9pm
3/4 | Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room | 8pm
3/5 | Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews | 7pm
3/6 | Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern | TBD
3/7 | Newport, KY @ The Southgate House Revival | 7pm
3/8 | St. Louis, MI @ Plush | 7pm
3/9 | Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s | 8:30pm
3/11 | Kansas City, MO @ Recordbar | 9pm
3/12 | Norman, OK @ The Deli | 9:30pm ^
3/13 | Denton, TX @ Dan’s Silverleaf | 9:15pm
3/14 – 3/17 | Austin, TX @ SXSW | TBD
3/18 | Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s | TBD
3/19 | New Orleans, LA @ Hi Ho Lounge | 8pm
3/20 | Jackson, MS @ Hal & Mal’s | 6:30pm ^
3/21 | Birmingham, AL @ The Bottle Tree | 8pm *
3/22 | Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Olde Bar | 8pm **
3/23 | Nashville, TN @ The Basement | 8pm *
3/24 | Asheville, NC @ Jack of the Wood | 8pm ^
3/26 | Charlotte, NC @ Evening Muse | 7pm ^
3/27 | Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 | 8:30pm ^
3/28 | Richmond, VA @ The Camel | 8pm ^
3/29 | Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy | 8:30pm
3/30 | New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge | 10:30pm ^
4/2 | Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar | 7pm
4/4 | Grand Rapids, MI @ Founders Brewing Co. | 9:30am
4/5 | Toledo, OH @ Mickey Finns Pub | 9pm

+ w/ Hannah Georgas
^ w/ Hollis Brown
* w/ Giving Tree





For more news, reviews and downloads follow The Sound Of Confusion on Facebook or Twitter

contact@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk