Desert Mountain Tribe have had a phenomenal 2016. The release of their debut album, Either That Or The Moon, established them at the forefront of the new wave of psych; a position bolstered by a series of incendiary live performances.
We asked the guys to pick three records that set them on their musical journey.
Felix : Led Zeppelin – II
This was the first Led Zeppelin record I’ve ever listened to and it really changed my perception of what I thought “real” rock music was about. The way John Bonham played whatever he felt suited best just blew me away; it sounded so different and fresh compared to the drumming I knew from bands such as The Stones, Kinks or even Pink Floyd.
To me it sounded like he wasn’t following any particular set of rules or structure. It was all over the place and something I had never heard before. After listening to that record I stopped playing guitar and got myself my first drum kit (which broke and collapsed about two weeks later). To this day I still think that Bonham’s drumming somehow influences me. His style was giving the finger to all the conventional drummers that were out there at the time. It ties in with Led Zeppelin’s overall ethos of doing things their way, regardless of the consequences.
Jonty : New Order – Get Ready
For me New Order, the Get Ready album. I had not heard of them until then as they had been away for a while and I was very young. But it is an incredible comeback and a brilliant record. Made me want to be in band, for sure.
Philipp : Unknown Pleasures or Closer – Joy Division
They are maybe not my all time favourite albums but in terms of influence, style and making me wanna play in a band they are definitely up there. When I started to learn all I was playing was Joy Division. Most of Peter Hooks’ basslines are so easily accessible and not difficult to learn as a beginner but at the same time sound so unique and give the songs such a character.
I am not a fan of crazy, slappy, wanky basslines. I think the best lines are the ones that struck a certain and mood in the listener but still leaves room for imagination and Peter Hook was the first bassist I found or listened to, who achieved this for me.