November 17, 2016
© Hannah Smiles DMT Desert Mountain Tribe Band Portrait

© Hannah Smiles DMT Desert Mountain Tribe Band Portrait

“Their album is one of the greatest psych/kraut/shoegaze influenced albums of the 21st century” – GIGWISE

London-based psych-rock trio Desert Mountain Tribe unveil the visuals for their upcoming new single ‘Take A Ride’, set for release on 9th December via Membran Entertainment Group.

The video features a chapter from the 1962 cult shockumentary ‘Mondo Cane’. The unconventional, provocative and controversial footage presents taboo subjects in such a way that they would get past the censors and it consists of a series of travelogue vignettes including a dark but entertaining section on pre Beatles’ Reeperbahn area of Hamburg, considered a magnet for those seeking pleasure and distraction from the cares of life.

“Since we are partly German we felt an instant connection to those scenes,” the band explains, “the intimacy of the footage shows the true and raw emotions of people captured by the film makers and conveys an image of purity and innocence in a chaotic and brutally appearing surroundings.” 

The cosmopolitan trio formed by Jonty Balls from South London on guitar and vocals and German brothers Felix and Philipp Jahn, on drums and bass respectively, feel there is perhaps a connection between the murky world of mondo movies and the current political situation “not unlike our recent times with Brexit – something close to our hearts as two of us are from mainland Europe living in London – and Trump as a new president in the US. We feel that people want to be able to forget these things for a night and just live. As the song plays with these contradicting spectrums of life, the scenes chosen for the video underline those values and attentions of the song.”

‘Take A Ride’ is the third single from their recently released debut album, ‘Either That Or The Moon’, which was nominated for Drowned In Sound’s coveted Neptune Music Prize, and firmly cemented Desert Mountain Tribe as a band to watch. Drawing comparisons with Kasabian and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the band’s unique sound has been described by Classic Rock as ‘darkly woozy, garage rock’n’roll’ when they made ‘Runway’ their ‘Track Of The Week’.

Having recently notched up memorable live performances on their successful European tour; including sell-out shows in London and Rotterdam and recent standout performances at Rockaway Beach and Hackney Wonderland Festival. With their US tour seeing the group support artists like ToyThe WytchesDamo Suzuki and Ringo Deathstarr – the threepiece has become a formidable and renowned international live act. Desert Mountain Tribe will play a series of dates across the UK before the end of the year, including headline shows at the legendary Electrowerkz in Islington on 18th November.


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

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