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Desert Mountain Tribe released their debut album last year, and its a wonderfully ambitious slice of space rock.

But they’re not about to stop there. Album highlight ‘Interstellar’ has received the video treatment, and it’s a spectacular, effect-laden clip. “It’s effectively made to look like one single shot – going from wide to super close up, with the band rotating on a stage, speeding up and slowing down in a sort of Matrix effect, with lights flashing and streaking totally in sync with the music. Along with my Director of Photography Daniel Turner (Sound & Colour): , I’ve developed a way to use multiple cameras to make a super-huge frame that we can zoom in and out of, and a way to time all the effects to the music.”

“To be able to shoot, months of pre-vis (3D animation before shooting) was needed to plan out how the effects would work/transition, and provide an eventual shot-list/lighting plan (similar to how they achieved lighting effects in Gravity). Then after the filming, many hundreds of loops were generated to provide a framework for the post, and a lot of time-based code expressions had to be written in order to manipulate the relationship between the visuals and time, in the context of the track.”

Desert Mountain Tribe

Ever wish for the dark psychedelia of The Black Angels without all the anachronistic Vietnam War stuff? or for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with a bit more balls-to-the-wall Capsula-like rock bombast? Then you’re ready to join Desert Mountain Tribe. The young London-based trio has been kicking up dust since forming in 2012, turning their very real love for The Black Angels into a new reality.

Bandmates Jonty Balls, Felix Jaun and Philipp Jaun began playing together in a group named for one of their heroes’ songs, Young Men Dead. They’ve since taken their own ride as Desert Mountain Tribe, releasing a debut EP in 2014, and now aiming skyward with their first full-length, Either That or The Moon. Today’s featured song, “Feel the Light”, is the LP’s opening salvo, which, after a literal countdown, ignites into a glorious 7-plus minute, reverb-drenched exaltation, inviting listeners to feel, rather than see, the light in the band’s dark, swirling melodies. It’ll come as no surprise that, while the album was recorded to tape in London, The Black Angels had a direct hand, as their sound engineer, Brett Orrison, mastered the tracks. Take a Ride, Feel the Light, Runaway, Leave It Behind – whatever you have to do, just do it with Desert Mountain Tribe.

Single from the debut album Either That Or The Moon.


Emerging late in 2012 out of London town , Desert Mountain Tribe is a threefold onslaught of psychedelic rock heart and soul. Arguably a genre which has noted a massive depletion in prominence within recent years, if not decades, the psych-blood flows strong still in the veins of founding members Jonty Balls (Guitar/Vocals) and brothers Philipp (Bass) and Felix (Drums) Jahn.
With the brothers having cut their teeth side by side throughout their formative years, playing together in a multitude of ensembles from a very young age, here and now in 2013 they constitute one of the more formidable emerging rhythm sections currently active on the United Kingdom’s club circuit.
Recording their début EP, an effort committed to tape in the trip-worthy surroundings of Shaken Oak Farm in Oxfordshire and subsequently mastered by none other Brett Orrison of The Black Angels, early in 2013- the result is a confident leap into genre-significance, with the bands time on the road since the disks release surely acting to supplement their new-found place.

In the year they have been active, Desert Mountain Tribe have shared the stage with the likes of Damo Suzuki¸ The Cult of Dom Keller, The Lucid Dream, Wall of Death and The Telescopes. Make no mistake; this is a group intent on making its mark within a long-lost area of British rock music.
With early stand-out track ‘Coming Down’ all set to feature on Reverb Conspiracy’s latest compilation offering (a release which will in-turn be double-headed by the equally legendary imprints Fuzz Club Records and Austin Psych Fest), a separate release is due in November via Greek label Sonic Playground.

A year into what has already proven itself to be an inter-sensual, mind-bending odyssey, Desert Mountain Tribe are currently making preparations for their eagerly awaited and as-of-yet untitled début album, whilst continuing to lap our tiny island nation in a string of sonic live performances.