Find out the inner workings of the UK garage rock duo

Cowgirl have been around for less than one hour, but in that time they have already stunned UK audiences with their outrageous live shows whilst supporting the likes of Amber Arcades, Mi Mye and more. Desert Mine have just released Cowgirl's debut single, She Picks Me Up, which is taken from their highly anticipated debut album. To find out more about what make Cowgirl's world go round, we tracked down Danny and Sam from the band and asked them 10 thought-provoking questions.

1. Why doesn’t Cowgirl use synthesisers to make your music sound more modern?
Interestingly most our material is composed on the classic EMS VCS3, recording-wise though we like guitars, our drummer's a technophobe.

2. Are Cowgirl actively looking for endorsements or sponsorship deals?

We pretty much got into this gig to make money so anything we can get to put on ebay really helps. Currently pushing for an Everard's Tiger, willing to wear a t-shirt on Later with Jools Holland.


Get an exclusive insight into the workings on the dynamic UK-LA two-piece

Young Light are well-known as being one of the hardest working bands on the scene. With one album in five years, the duo have shown a work rate that puts the competition to shame. The band first hit the scene in 2013 with their Great White Arc debut album drawing comparisons with My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala and No Age

But it wasn't until Desert Mine released their stand-alone single, Blank Dice, that things got really exciting. So where do Young Light go from here? There are plenty of great interviews with Young Light out there, but we wanted to go a step further to see what really makes this band tick. So we tracked down the band's charismatic lead singer, Michael Feerick, and asked him ten thought-provoking questions. Watch the Blank Dice video here.

1. Rock stars are well known for their excess and bad-boy lifestyles. How do you stay in shape when you are on ‘the road’?

Well, over the years I've developed a tried-and-true tour regimen which I adhere to vigorously. I start the day with an elixir of Alka Seltzer XS and Berocca dissolved in a bottle of still Lucozade Sport. Once in the van I'll sip a quadruple-shot Americano whilst working through a series of clenches, crunches, ankle rotations and arm stretches. Upon arrival at the venue I begin my daily retox of 12-14 cans of Red Stripe. Back at the hotel post-show I'll have a nightcap of Jameson and Corsodyl anti-bacterial mouthwash, get 2-3 hours sleep and begin the whole process again.


Mythical song-mangler gives his thoughts on the scene

Mark Wynn's latest album, Normal Tea, has just hit the shops. Find out the secrets of his secrecy in our exclusive Desert Mine interview. You can stream, buy or ignore Mark Wynn's 'Normal Tea' album at our Desert Mine shop.

What’s your favourite Oasis song?

I kneeled on my knees, in the remains of / that chip shop once was a newsagent. I looked hard at the pictures of the man in his band, with his red shirt and guitar, and all that stuff they said about him and his brother.

Following this, I walked back over the bridge wanting to be a burglar man from Burnage, attempting that scowl like the man in his shirt. I wanted terribly to be able to do it. But I couldn’t. I sat in my bedroom and listened to his swaggering brother asking if I knew what he meant.

Oh, yes, Mr Burnage burglar man. Certainly.

Eventually, I got thumped by this lad from Burnholme. But that’s another boring story.

I watched the news conference where they said they were getting rid of some of the band. My Dad took me to Monks Cross (‘?) to buy Standing on the Shoulders of Giants and I was disappointed.


Four track digital EP featuring cover of French pop classic

Sewage Farm have released their Blue EP via Desert Mine. The four-track EP features the title track, Blue, that was previously released as a split seven-inch by Speedowax.

There are three other songs on the EP that were recorded at the same sessions as Blue. These include a cover of the Annie Phillipe song 'C'est La Mode'. You can stream the EP or download it directly from the Desert Mine shop. Check out the video for Blue here.


Discover the hidden secrets of You Should Get To Know Us

The Dutch noise-pop band, You Should Get To Know Us, have recently released their second EP, Useful Casanovas, on Desert Mine Music. It's another showcase for the Nijmegen band's supercharged melodic sounds that take in influences ranging from Fountains of Wayne to Dandy Warhols and beyond. 

We caught up with You Should Get To Know Us at a secret location, and asked them the most important questions about being the most exciting guitar band in northern Europe. 

1. You have a song called Mad/Sad. What are your other favourite rhyming words?
Boring and doing. They rhyme much better than you would expect, as you can hear in our song 'Reality'. We also have a new song in which we rhyme flashlight with light. 

2. Do you prefer Limp Bizkit or Papa Roach?
Papa Roach, definitely. They are very liedje, as we say in the Netherlands. We especially enjoy their earlier, anti-capitalist, work, such as the song 'Between Angels and Insects' with the chorus going like: 'Fuck your money, fuck your possession,..., I don't need that shit'

3. What is the length of your average band practice?
2 hours

4. What is the worst song you have ever written?
They are all equally bad. 

5. What percentage of your live performances are good?
Ehm, maybe 70%? Usually 30% of our live performances have no audience.

6. What was your opinion of the Netherlands’ entry into the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest?
Better than the UK entry. Also, it had guitars in it, which is good. However, it was not very liedje as it reminded us of Nickelback and Kid Rock. 

7. Do you prefer to cycle or walk?
Cycle. Did you know that our Dutch label Liedjescollectief also owns a cycling team? It is called Liedjescollectief Pro Cycling.

8. What is the favourite place where you have performed a rock show?
Dresden in Germany. Great city. We had a very memorable rock show there in which Sewage Farm's Sam Forrest blew up our guitar amp.

9. You have three singers in your band. who is the best at singing in tune?
Victor. He is also the best cyclist, by the way. 

10. What meal do you usually eat when you are out on the road, playing rock shows?

Check out the video for their new song, Still Waiting and you can buy the Useful Casanovas EP by You Should Get To Know Us at the Desert Mine shop.

The band are currently on tour in the Netherlands at the following dates before returning to the UK for a summer tour: 

8 June: Eernegem B52 Music Club
9 June: Amsterdam 'Skek
16 June: 's Hertogenbosch - Muzeikcafe Lohengrin
7 July: Nijmegen Merleyn


Second EP from acclaimed Dutch power pop group

Useful Casanovas is the second EP by You Should Get to Know Us and it will be released by Desert Mine Music in conjunction with Liedjescollectief on 11 May 2018.

The EP contains six tracks of the band's trademark grungy power pop and it's available to preorder here for limited edition CD or digital download.

Recorded in York, UK by Sam Forrest, the Useful Casanovas EP shows the band building momentum ahead of their long-awaited debut album. Check out the Liedjesfestival show in the band's hometown of Nijmegen on 11 May.


Seven track EP containing exclusive fuzz-juice

Wolf Solent is the latest addition to the Desert Mine roster, and this reclusive artist has given us the fantastic EP // 4 to mark the occasion. The seven-track EP features Wolf Solent's trademark lysergic drawl strewn across boogie rhythms and cosmic ephemera.

We've even forced the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter to write and record an exclusive track, Spiral Tile, that you'll get free and instant access to by buying the limited-edition CD or downloading the EP from our Desert Mine shop.


Ten years of sonic excellence  

2018 marks the ten-year anniversary of Desert Mine Music. What started as a small North Yorkshire-based label has expanded to become a global music-making project that includes bands from as far afield as Los Angeles, Toronto and Nijmegen.

So to celebrate this momentous event, you can look forward to new records from The Sorry Kisses, Mark Wynn, Sewage Farm, You Should Get To Know Us, as well as releases from hotly-tipped acts like Wolf Solent.

And we'll be putting on special events and giving some stuff away from our archives too.


Power trio return with second album - in stereo

Harmony Beach is the new album by acclaimed rock band Sewage Farm. The album will be released via the Desert Mine shop as digital download and limited edition compact disc on 8 September 2017.

Featuring twelve brand new tracks of fuzz-soaked melody-bombs, Harmony Beach sees the band taking their garage-rock sound into darker territories.

Recorded direct to tape at Greenmount Studios in Leeds, the album expands Sewage Farm's sonic template with Hammond organ flourishes, extended feedback breaks and the addition of a stereo channel.


Lost archive material from Sam Forrest finds new life

Lost in Flight is the seventh album by Sam Forrest, and although new, it's a collection of tracks that were recorded in 2010.

The thirteen songs are mostly acoustic with a bare minimum of piano, drums and bass in accompaniment. This will be a digital only release with high quality audio files from the Desert Mine shop, and streaming options available elsewhere.


Mythical York-based songwriter unleashes debut album

We're proud to announce that we've released the debut album by Dave Keegan. The eponymous album is highly recommended for any fans of Wilco, The Beatles, XTC, Big Star etc...

Recorded over the course of many years by Dave Keegan and Sam Forrest in North Yorkshire, the album features ten tracks that take in Keegan's years roaming from York to New Zealand and back.

Released on limited edition compact disc and digital download, the album will be accompanied by a free download of the exclusive song 'Black and White' for anybody who purchases the album on CD from the Desert Mine shop.


Dutch powerpop band release their debut EP masterpiece

In cooperation with Liedjescollectief, Desert Mine Music will release the debut EP by You Should Get To Know Us on 9 June 2017.

The five-track EP is called Faceland and will be available as a limited edition compact disc, high quality digital download and will be streamable at all global streaming sites.

The band hail from Nijmegen in the Netherlands and have quickly caught the attention of the music press thanks to their blend of classic Big Star-inspired songwriting with the more modern noisescapes of bands like The Dandy Warhols and Happyness.

The EP is available to preorder from the Desert Mine shop. Check out the band's video for their song Not Going To The Party.


Fuzzed-up sludge-lords deliver immense debut album 

Howling Sludge will release their debut album via Desert Mine on 14 April 2017.

The self-titled album will be available to be streamed from all good digital services, and you can download it as a high quality audio file from our shop.

Here's a video for a song from the album, Sloth, that's already been picking up airplay on top Dutch internet radio sites.


Dutch indie noise mavericks bring melody and fuzz

We’re happy to unveil the new video by our latest Desert Mine signings - You Should Get To Know Us.

The song is called Not Going To The Party, and it was filmed in the band’s hometown of Nijmegen, Netherlands.

Not Going To The Party is the first song to be taken from their upcoming Faceland EP, which recorded by Sam Forrest, and will be released via Desert Mine in association with Liedjescollectief on 10 June 2017.


Rootsy six-song treat from ex-Bowie band star

We're proud to announce something a little different for your ears. On 6 January 2017, we'll be releasing a six song EP called 'Old Hat' by John Hutch Hutchinson.

Hutchinson has had a long and illustrious career in the music industry, from being a star of the 1960s beat-scene in Sweden, to being a core part of David Bowie's early musical years, and so it's a real treat to add him to our roster.

The EP was recorded throughout 2016 by Desert Mine alumni Sam Forrest, and features Hutchinson and his backing band, The Sultans of Thwing, exploring the realms of blues, gypsy jazz and other arcane roots stylings.

Interestingly, the EP also features Hayley Hutchinson of The Sorry Kisses on backing vocals, and the release is now available for preorder as a strictly limited compact disc.

Below is the video for the single Standing Room.


Debut release for power-slop three-piece

You can now preorder Cloudy which is the debut album by new band Sewage Farm. The album will be released on 11 November and will be available as a digital download and a hyper-limited edition compact disc.

The band features Sam Forrest of Nine Black Alps and Danny Trew Barton of White Firs and Danny Hirst on drums. The album was recorded over a period of two months early 2016 between Oakwood Studio and Sam's home studio in North Yorkshire only four weeks after the band had formed.

Cloudy is the sound of a fuzzed up Big Star taking Teenage Fanclub to the volume of Dinasaur Jr and Sonic Youth with the scattiness of Pavement. 

Preorder the album here from the Desert Mine online megamart.


Bringing the noise for increased customer satisfaction

It's been a fairly quiet year so far for Desert Mine, but all of that looks to change for the remainder of 2016 as we've got bags of noise for your faces.

Mark Wynn returns from his isolated plateau of shame to deliver a highly-anticipated album called 'Achin' at the Prospect - A Racket (That One)' which will be released digitally on 28 October.

And there will also be thrilling releases from new signings Howling Sludge, Sewage Farm and many more before the year is out.


Howling into the abyss

Just when you thought it was safe to turn on your computer, Howling Sludge are back with another dose of advanced silage. 'On The Wall' is the third track to be issued by the mysterious band who have given few clues as to their existence other than pictures of sea anemones and digitalised murk freely downloadable from their Soundcloud page.


Freestyling melodic slop 

New signings Howling Sludge are showing impressive sonic dexterity by following up their global hit 'Live Underground' with the future classic 'Filth'.

Written, recorded and mixed in under six hours, it's another perfect example of their polished studio excellence and provides Desert Mine with yet another multi-platinum success.

Fans of sludge can get a free sample of Filth by visiting the official Howling Sludge Soundcloud.


Dynamic fuzz regurgitation for 2016

Desert Mine Music have entered the new year with an adventurous investment into the future of noise, as we've made a multi-million dollar signing of the acclaimed underground noise act Howling Sludge.

The band became the hottest band on the nascent sewer rock scene after their critically-acclaimed demo 'Animal' conquered the internet last year. And the reclusive band finally agreed to our demands by supplying us with a brand new song, the all-conquering 'Live Underground'.

Available a free download from the official Howling Sludge Soundcloud, 'Live Underground' is just the first of many Howling Sludge offerings to come.