We’re glad to announce that London, United Kingdom-based space rock band Desert Ships are releasing a new single, entitled “Fire On The Moon.”
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Desert Ships’ sound veers wildly, from a Pet Sounds melody chamber one moment to a night-time autobahn soundtrack the next. Following 2018’s Abbey Road recorded and Mark Gardener (Ride) mixed album Eastern Flow, Desert Ships returned in July 2021 with the BBC Radio 6 Music played “Neon” (our review here). Now they present “Fire On The Moon,” the second single from their third soon-to-be-released album, entitled Heavy Soup.
We interviewed vocalist/guitarist Mikey Buckley to hear more about what Desert Ships have been working on, as well as their plans for the future:
1.- What have you been up to over the past year or since the release of “Neon,” your previous single?
“Since July we’ve been rehearsing the new album a lot with the live band. It’s always an interesting journey learning to play a new record. I have to say its been sounding really good. We managed to play our first show in September to a small group of hardcore fans and we were really pleased how it went.”
2.- What are you focusing on right now and what are your plans for 2022?
“Promotion for the ‘Fire On The Moon’ single. And rehearsing for a French show on the 18th December”
3.- What about the video for this track, it was a great experience to work with Gil De Ray?
“It is always a mad, mad adventure with Gil the wizard haha!”
4.- How did the name of the band come to be?
“You’ll have to ask Claude on that one!”
5.- What about gigs?
“We are currently planning some UK dates in the spring.”
6.- Do you have plans for an album coming this 2022?
“There will be at least one more single before the album comes out. But yes it will be out in 2022.”
“Fire On The Moon” is a highly infectious two-and-a-half-minute fuzz and synth blast through the cosmos. With lyrical themes of isolation and tech paranoia, it’s current and relatable, and leaves you breathless, wanting more. Drawing influence from garage rock, dream pop, and neo-psychedelia, the result is a catchy and melodic two and a half minute fuzz-, bass-, and synthesizer-driven song that tells the tale of a blue-collar worker living and working in orbit, spending his days cleaning satellites and his nights missing his family back on Earth.
The production duties for the track were handled gloriously by Mikey Buckley (vocals/guitars), with the line-up completed by the mesmeric rhythm section of Daniel McLean (bass/keys), and Claude Trejonis (drums/vocals). Ecstatic reactions to their recent Hope n’ Anchor live show confirmed that “Desert Ships are a fantastic band that deliver groovy, hypnotic tunes” (Music Is To Blame), and that “Fire On The Moon” is surely destined to join “Neon” in sailing out on the airwaves.
The track’s accompanying video, directed by Gil De Ray, stars Jimmy Morgan channeling his inner The Man Who Fell To Earth. Mastered by Tim Turan (Supergrass, Killing Joke), “Fire On The Moon” will be available to stream/download on Friday, December 17th.
“Fire On The Moon” is introduced by a dreamy wash of reverb before the first verse begins with its fuzzy electric guitar tones. As the track’s thoughtful lyrical passages are gently driven by steady percussion and resonant bass notes, sustained retro-sounding synths drone and oscillate, infusing “Fire On The Moon” with an ethereal and otherworldly atmosphere that adds further to its wonderfully dreamlike quality. “Fire On The Moon” is quite an enjoyable listen throughout, once again attesting to Desert Ships’ brilliant songwriting and superb musicianship. I would highly recommend this track to fans of garage rock, dream pop, shoegaze, and neo-psychedelia alike.
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