New Music: Mt. Desolation, Kings of Bad Books

I’ve been looking forward to this week for one particular release.  Here’s a clue:  It’s not Kings of Leon.  We’ll get to that, but first let’s talk about the other one.

Mt. Desolation is Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin.  Both are full-time (and non-singing) members of Keane, who at one point blew me directly away with this (3:20 on is B.A.), but since have been underwhelming and a little too “something” for me.  I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but it just hasn’t been that great. This project seems to be more of the bee’s knees, though.  Mt. Desolation’s lineup is a rotating door.  They tour with the same folks, but other part-time members include individuals from Noah and the Whale, Mumford & Sons and The Killers. Well, that should do just fine. Thanks and good day. The new album is self-titled. Here’s a couple.

Now we’ll get to the Kings. I really, really like Kings of Leon. I think most people should. They’re quite good. There’s a lot of people out there hating on them for the commercial success of Only By the Night.  I’ve written here that Because of the Times is, in my opinion, far superior to Only By the Night. I honestly enjoy it a lot more. That said, I’ve also made fun of soccer moms and minivans with Use Somebody blaring out the window (guilty). That’s the kind of shit that just happens. It happened to U2, it happened to Coldplay and it will happen to your favorite indie band that no one knows about (if they’re as good as you think they are). Here’s a couple from the new Kings of Leon. Album is Come Around Sundown. Everyone knows you’re going to buy it anyway  – and listen to it – but never admit to it.

We stumbled upon Bad Books while wandering around this week. We like Manchester Orchestra.  It’s got ATL, kick your face in rock, other good things. Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull toured together and – at some point – got the bright idea to create Bad Books and make a self-titled album. I guess one band, these days, just isn’t enough. Good thing.  This one’s kind of kick-ass.

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