EXCLUSIVE YOU SHOULD GET TO KNOW US INTERVIEW

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?
Falafel.



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

YOU SHOULD GET TO KNOW US - USEFUL CASANOVAS EP

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.


WOLF SOLENT EP // 4 RELEASE

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.


DESERT MINE TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY

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.


SEWAGE FARM - HARMONY BEACH

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.


SAM FORREST 'LOST IN FLIGHT' OUT NOW

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.


DAVE KEEGAN DEBUT ALBUM - OUT NOW

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.



YOU SHOULD GET TO KNOW US - FACELAND EP

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.


HOWLING SLUDGE DEBUT ALBUM RELEASE

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.




NEW SIGNINGS - YOU SHOULD GET TO KNOW US

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.



JOHN HUTCH HUTCHINSON EP PREORDER

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.


SEWAGE FARM PREORDER

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.


NEW STUFF FOR AUTUMN 2016

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.



NEVERENDING SLUDGE

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.


MORE SLUDGE

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.


NEW SIGNING: HOWLING SLUDGE

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.

DESERT MINE 2015 REVIEW

Global success and avant-lux prosperity

By the end of 2015 Desert Mine Music have advanced the global sonic initiatives of previous decades by inserting the following media into the digital and analogue algorithms.








The Sorry Kisses began Desert Mine's 2015 campaign with a February release entitled Play Along. The album reintroduced original drum-artist Micah Calabrese, garnered them repeated plays on Marc Riley's 6 Music show and they're currently locked away in a digital cave constructing neo-polarities for 2016.

Reclusive nudist Mark Wynn advanced his legacy with his definitive Skivvy: A Much More Noble Occupation album, and then confused the nation by supporting Sleaford Mods. After deleting himself off the internet, he then moved to a remote coastal town.

Sam Forrest delivered his sixth collection of melody-drones that he called Candlelightwater and stood upon stages in Tokyo and played inside wigwams in Nijmegen. He spent the later part of the year formulating a 'power-trio' live concept and started writing more pop-dribbles.

Desert Mine welcomed Nine Black Alps to the roster with the digital reissues of their combustible Locked Out From The Inside and Sirens albums. The band visited Japan for the first time in ten years and learned some new stuff.

And finally, members of Amusement Parks On Fire and Giant Drag united in the form of a band called YOUNG LIGHT who delivered a shivering blizzard of sonic conquest with their single Blank Dice. The band will spend 2016 working on their highly-anticipated full-length album.

YOUNG LIGHT - BLANK DICE

New Desert Mine signings provide audiovisual neostructuralism

In a last ditch effort to ensure smooth post-colonial initiatives, Desert Mine are proud to announce our latest signings - Young Light. The vertically-posed duo comprise Michael Feerick of avant-explosive pioneers Amusement Parks On Fire and Micah Calabrese of Giant Drag and The Sorry Kisses.

Their initial release is entitled Blank Dice and will be available as digital data from our online shop on 11 December.



YOUNG LIGHT - BLANK DICE from EGB7 on Vimeo.

SAM FORREST - SWEET NARCISSUS VIDEO

New video from Candlelightwater album

Despite some intense legal wranglings with the omnipresent overlords who maintain that art should never be conducted in the exterior parameter, we're relieved and overjoyed to supply you with the audio-visual evidence of Sam Forrest's Sweet Narcissus video.

Taken from his 2015 masterpiece Candlelightwater, the song amplifies the windswept moth-wing, whilst the video uses 1960s concrete with medieval limestone.


NINE BLACK ALPS DIGITAL REISSUE

Classic albums Locked Out From The Inside and Sirens now available online

After lengthy contractual negotiations, Desert Mine has now acquired the rights to the Nine Black Alps albums Locked Out From The Inside and Sirens. The albums are now available to purchase from the Desert Mine shop and can also be streamed from a bunch of online sites like Spotify etc...