Mikey (vocals/guitar), Daniel (bass/vocals), and Claude (drums/vocals) formed DESERT SHIPS in 2012, releasing their debut album ‘Doll Skin Flag’ in the same year. The album, produced by acclaimed musician and producer Mark Gardener (formerly of seminal shoegaze band Ride), was met with huge critical acclaim. Alan McGee, founder of Creation Records described the band as having “some great fucking songs” and Mark Gardener described his time working with Desert Ships as “a total pleasure, a total trip.”
The London based trip-tonic three-piece describe their sound as heavily cinematic. Haunting guitar loops and hypnotic grooves allow the dream-like melodies to weave in and amongst each other, while the three-part vocal harmonies bring a spacey, ambient tint to the eclectic mix. Comparisons have been drawn with the likes of Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, and at times even the rousing film scores of John Barry. Lead singer Mikey describes the band’s music as “a reverb drenched apocalyptic experience”.
Have played numerous festivals since the release of ‘Doll Skin Flag’, and toured with the likes of The Prodigy, Band of Skulls, Babyshambles and The Rifles, Desert Ships have had radio airplay from XFM's John Kennedy, BBC 6 Music's Steve Lamacq and BBC Radio London Calling's Gary Crowley. They consistently receive radio play on local stations in the UK, US, Europe and South America.
The Skyliner EP was also produced by Ride’s Mark Gardener.
Sat 8th Nov – EP Launch: Cherry Cola club night at The Purple Turtle, Camden, London