Desert Mountain Tribe + Pet Needs + Tropic of Xhao

Saturday 6 May, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
John Peel Centre
Church Walk
Stowmarket IP14 1ET
£6 Adv / £7.50 Door
Box Office
01449 774 678
Desert Mountain Tribe + Pet Needs + Tropic of Xhao @ John Peel Centre

Establishing themselves in the current psych-rock scene in 2014 with the release of their debut ‘DMT EP’, the London-based trio Desert Mountain Tribe have subsequently proved themselves a formidable live presence after sharing stages with the likes of Toy, Wovenhand, The Wytches, and Damo Suzuki and performing at several festivals. That 12” EP generated positive coverage from many media pundits, while lead track ‘Take A Ride’ attracted airplay on BBC 6Music (including a ‘Recommends’ slot). Recorded direct to tape at Shaken Oak Studios, Oxon and mastered by Brett Orrison of The Black Angels, the scope of its four songs clearly demonstrated that this was a band to watch. Its release followed the appearance of another early group effort on ‘Reverb Conspiracy Vol 2’ (released jointly by Fuzz Club Records and Austin Psych Fest).

Following a debut tour of Northern Europe in the winter of 2014/15, the band quickly progressed to perform at leading festivals within the psych community like Eindhoven Psych Lab ’15 and Lisbon Psych Fest ’15.

“an astonishingly excellent debut” – Big Takeover Mag, NYC

“Sheer space rock bedlam.” – Clash Music, UK

In 2015, Desert Mountain Tribe was invited to participate with the Converse Rubber Tracks recording project in London, where they produced a handful of cool and well-received demos that would ultimately assist in finding an album deal with Membran Entertainment Group in Europe/UK, and Metropolis Records in North America.

Debut album ‘Either That Or The Moon’ was released in the spring of 2016 to a wealth of positive reviews including respected platforms Drowned In Sound (9 out of 10), Louder Than War (9 out of 10) and Classic Rock (8 out of 10). The album picked up heavy rotation across U.S college radio and also the legendary KEXP where the band was invited to perform a live session. Recently the band has found support from BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne and Chris Hawkins.

The band have recently completed their second European tour in support of debut album Either That Or The Moon, and is looking forward to the continued release of new material in early Spring, and will again tour Europe and the U.S in the spring of 2017.

2016 KEXP radio spotlight: Top 10 albums of year. DJ Shannon KEXP Radio, Seattle
2016 Drowned in Sound Neptune Prize Nominee. UK

Read Louder Than War’s review of Desert Mountain Tribe’s album here
Read Drowned in Sound’s review of Desert Mountain Tribe’s album here


Supported by Pet Needs and Tropic of Xhao

When they were teenagers Derby lads Johnny and George Marriott played in an unpredictable and chaotic punk band, storming the Midlands old-school scene with their often unintentional discordant pop. After the inevitable implosion, Johnny ran away to Norwich and didn’t stop running for the best part of a decade. In late 2015 George quit his job in Derby and traded it all in for the spare room in Johnny’s flat in Colchester.

The first incarnation of Pet Needs was born in early 2016.

After a drunken house party in January, Linton awoke on Johnny’s sofa as the bass player of Pet Needs and in September, after months of unpredictable drummers, impending lawsuits and attempted bandmate robbery, Jack was auditioned as the man behind the kit. A few cymbal spins later and the line-up was complete.

Pet Needs are four lads who through the nature of chaos all landed in Essex, wide-eyed, out of breath and ready to create something huge. With explosive live performances of fractured anthems, PET NEEDS are currently smashing sets throughout the East, screaming stories of chance meetings, self-destruction, perceived freedom, lampposts and woods. They list their influences as Against Me!, PUP, Frank Carter, Rancid, La Dispute, and Frank Turner.

Their debut EP, “…As Kites Fly By Pylons” is out 31st March this year.

“Pet Needs have a superb passion of highs and lows, great lyrics. ‘Punk isn’t dead, it’s just up for sale’… Brilliant!”- Steve Mick, Sniffin’ Glue journalist.

A live version of ‘Woods’, taken from their forthcoming EP:


Tropic of Xhao is a 3-piece psychedelic band led by singer/guitarist Lulah Belle. Backed up by Connor on synth bass and organ/keys, and various live drummers. The band attempt to forge an original sound – a guitar band with dance influences, but with an organic feel as opposed to relying too heavily on electronics and the harder edge of more recent dance music. Musical reference points also include more traditional psych elements, with the organ and rhodes sounds that Connor provides being just as important as the guitar.

Notable support slots include Melt Yourself Down, Shitwife, Acid Mothers Temple, Animal Noise, and Superglu. Upcoming gigs over Summer 2017 include Desert Mountain Tribe and Desperate Journalist, with some festival dates as well. Debut single ‘He Hex’ was released on 22nd April, featuring Katrina Ford (Celebration/Mt. Royal) and can be found here:

Tropic of Xhao has also received attention recently for their involvement in The PAIX Project, covering Eagles of Death Metal along with 30 or so other bands to raise money for the Paris terror attack victims. The Tropic of Xhao version has been featured in The Village Voice, Sound on Sound and BBC Radio. This is the track:

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