Mt. Desolation is the side-project of Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quinn of Keane, the British band that flooded the airwaves with the single, “Somewhere Only We Know” back in 2004. But don’t expect to hear the same alt-rock tunes from them. Mt. Desolation specializes in country music with indie folk accents and their self-titled debut album will be released on October 19th, 2010 on Cherry Tree Records.
To help accomplish the perfect sound for this genre, which is far removed from British culture, to say the least, Oxley and Quinn called on their friends Ronnie Vannucci from the Killers, Country Winston from Mumford and Sons and producer Emery Dobyns, known for his work with Patti Smith and Antony & The Johnsons.
Get a first taste of what these collaborations sound like below, with the song “Departure:”
The association between Mt. Desolation and Mumford and Sons doesn’t end here as the two bands will be heading on tour together starting on October 18th, 2010 in Los Angeles. During those shows, they will also be joined by fellow Brits King Charles.
Here are their tour dates:
10/18 – Los Angeles @ Palladium (with Mumford & Sons and King Charles)
10/20 – San Francisco @ Warfield (with Mumford & Sons and King Charles)
10/22 – Portland @ Crystal Ballroom (with Mumford & Sons and King Charles)
10/23 – Vancouver @ Vogue Theatre (with Mumford & Sons and King Charles)
10/24 – Seattle @ Moore Theatre (with Mumford & Sons and King Charles)
10/27- NYC @ Mercury Lounge
10/28 – Toronto @ The Drake
10/29 – Detroit @ Pike Room
10/30 – Chicago @ Schubas