Today’s track of the day comes courtesy of Desert Mountain Tribe with their monstrous rocker ‘Take A Ride’.
Promising an immediate impact on the listener, the track is a driving piece of pure rock and roll with its tight rhythms, woozy guitars and snarling vocal delivery coming together to create a wall of sound that squares up to you in the face. Possessing all the swagger and raw energy that is required for a classic rock anthem, the band have gained comparisons with the likes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Kasabian in recent times thanks to their huge stadium-ready sound.
Set to be released on 9th December, ‘Take A Ride’ is the third single to be released from the psych-rock trio’s acclaimed debut album ‘Either That Or The Moon’. As their reputation continues to soar, we caught up with the band to hear about the song and more…
Hey guys, can you tell us a bit about how the band got together?
Philipp and Felix are brothers and met Jonty through our old band Young Men Dead. Our YMD guitarist Andrew remembered hearing Jonty sing at some party so he asked him if he wanted to join the band. After YMD split up we formed Desert Mountain Tribe and now here we are.
Can you talk us through the new single ‘Take a Ride’? What inspired it etc?
The idea behind the song is that you want to escape from the mundane, everyday life we’ve all got to face sometimes. Instead of being fed up with it and accept it you should take your life for a ride, explore the unknown and see what it’s got on offer. Moreover, the song is very important for us as a band. Effectively it bound us all together. ‘Take A Ride’ was the first song we ever wrote together after we split up with our old band mates and founded DMT. The idea of the song had been in our heads for ages but when we finally came together for the first time as a new band and played around with it, it really started the band for us and is therefore our personal big bang.
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It’s a monstrous rocker of a song. Is it a good representation of the rest of the album?
It’s not the only rock song on the album, let’s put it that way. But the record, we think, has much more variety to offer than just full-on heavy rock songs. We all have different tastes in music so when we come together we create something that we all love. So automatically you end up with a broader spectrum of different sounds and we wanted to demonstrate that on the album, too.
What are your favourite rock anthems?
Phew, difficult question. Rock anthems can come in so many different ways. ‘Whole Lotta Love’ for example is an incredible piece of rock music. That guitar riff alone wrote rock history. On the other end you get ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ which is so grand and known by everyone that it almost acts as a national anthem when you hear it live. There are many more examples we could list but it wouldn’t make our decision any easier so without adding any more info let’s say ‘Heroes’ by Bowie.
Your debut record ‘Either That Or The Moon’ came out earlier this year. Was it a long time in the making?
Yes and no. We see the album sort of as a ‘Best of 2012-2015’. For example, as mentioned earlier ‘Take A Ride’ was our first ever song ever written whereas ‘Runway’ was only written a week or so before we hit the studio. Our intention was simply to create the best album we possibly could. Because it’s our debut, and we’ve been around for almost four years now, we had the chance to write a lot of different songs and muck out all the ones we did not see fit for “Either That…”. We always dreamt of recording an album but when we finally signed our first record deal everything happened very quickly. Suddenly we were in Monnow Valley Studios in Wales and after nine days, which felt like a short moment, we were on our way back home to get the album mixed and mastered!
You’ve been compared to the likes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Kasabian. Would you cite them as influences?
No, we wouldn’t say so. Obviously we have many similarities with BRMC especially since we are a three piece band and also dress in a similar way but when it comes to music our influences go either further back or are found in smaller, more underground scenes.
You’ve got a few tour dates coming up… how would you describe your live show?
Playing live and going on tour is the best and most fun part of the job. We love travelling and seeing new places and people. Our show itself is loud, energetic and maybe a bit chaotic in a good way at times. We have come a long way when it comes to our live show over the years. It’s definitely a learning curve every band has to make and it makes a huge difference playing in front of 1000+ people on a big stage compared to a small intimate venue. Both can be nerve-wracking and rewarding in their own right but in general we definitely feel more comfortable playing bigger stages.
Where’s your favourite city to play?
We have played amazing cities all over Europe and the US but one city that stands out is Seattle. It was our last stop on our American tour in April and not only the city itself but also the people of Seattle are very passionate about music and really made us feel at home.
What are your essentials for life on the road?
Loads of different music to listen to in the van, some books, enough to drink and smoke and a nice bed helps.
What else is coming up for the band?
We are sitting in the recording studio as we speak to record a new EP which will come out early next year and we have a lot more gigs and tours planned for the rest of the year and the beginning of the next. Meanwhile we are also writing the new album which we will probably start recording by the end of next year. So yeah, many things coming up to keep us busy!
The band are touring at the following venues…