Alt-rockers Desert Clouds released their debut album The Floating Oar in 2015 followed by Time Distortions in 2017. Their latest single is ‘Under Tons’ out now on Jiffybag Records. We caught up with the band to find out more about ‘Under Tons’ and what’s on the horizon for the band.
‘Under Tons’ is something that could express all the genres we embrace in just three minutes. It gives you a pinch of folk, grunge, psychedelia and classic rock… it’s up to you spotting them.
First up, tell us bit about yourselves - what led you all to forming Desert Clouds?
Hello people, we are four guys with the weird need of making rock. Me (David) and Val formed Desert Clouds in 2008 and after a few changeovers we met Andrea (drummer) and Julius (the bassist). The reason this band exists is the simple need to share our emotions through the music we create. Nothing more.
Who did your take inspiration from?
We all have different music backgrounds and try to express and combine them all in our songs. The result is a mix of grunge/stoner like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Queens of Stone Age, psychedelia like Pink Floyd, Sonic Youth, Dirty Three and Radiohead, hard rock like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and System of a Down and songwriters like Leonard Cohen, Tim Buckley and Syd Barrett.
Why the name ‘Desert Clouds’?
Well, considering our life perspective, clouds in the desert often appear like a mirage and, if they’re real, most of the time they just pass by without even bringing any rain.
How would you describe your musical style?
Our style is a mix of several genres, as I mentioned before. We can easily go from the roughest and most distorted sounds to very acid and dissonant melodies often turning mellow and dark.
What do fans get at your live shows?
We generally try to turn our show into a unique immersive trip where our songs are linked together through sudden improvisations. That makes our performance deep and genuine and that’s what we like to share to the public. We try to be led by our momentary feelings and make people part of it,
Your latest single is ‘Under Tons’. What’s it about?
‘Under Tons’ is something different, like a bitter medicine that doesn’t give any relief or cure – it might have some side effects, but it depends on who will listen to it. It represents a nihilist point of view on life – considering it, metaphorically speaking, like a walk on a pier.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
We wrote it in August 2017 and then started working on its production in September with the producer Andrea Lepori at the Mix Room studio in London.
How does ‘Under Tons’ build on your style?
For us, ‘Under Tons’ is something that could express all the genres we embrace in just three minutes. It gives you a pinch of folk, grunge, psychedelia and classic rock… it’s up to you spotting them.
What are your hopes for ‘Under Tons’?
We hope ‘Under Tons’ will catch more attention on Desert Clouds and our future releases. We are aware that it’s a complex song that needs some more attentive listening to be appreciated, but we believe in it and we hope people will enjoy it and then be ready for our further releases.
Do you have more music to be released this year?
Yes, we do. A new single is due to come in June followed by an album later on this year. Stay tuned!
Where can we see you live in 2018?
We will be playing at the Camden Rocks Festival on Saturday, June 2nd. More precisely you can see us at the Camden Assembly.
Finally, if you could wish for one thing to happen to the band this year, what would it be?
We would like to tour around Europe.
Listen to ‘Under Tons’ on SoundCloud below. For news and tour dates go to desertclouds.net.