On October 27, 2010, Mt. Desolation (featuring Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin from Keane) played their first ever headlining gig at Mercury Lounge in New York. Their music is indie-alt-country and the band definitely knows how to rock. My favorite song of the night was “Platform 7” and it looked and sounded just like this…
On October 27, 2010, the alt-country-rock band Mt. Desolation played its first ever headlining show in New York. Mt. Desolation is the side-project of Jesse Quin and Tim Rice-Oxley who are members of the band Keane. Considering that Keane sell out large venues across the globe, Jesse Quin and Tim Rice-Oxley were so excited to be playing for us in a very intimate setting and it showed. They were so happy to be playing these songs for us and the crowd returned the love. Their self-titled album “Mt. Desolation” was only released in the US a week ago, and I saw so many people singing along to nearly every song.
The night began with a really great set by singer Jesse Marchant (aka JBM). More to come (including video) on Jesse Marchant – you won’t want to miss it! There were a lot of Keane fans in the crowd and it was so cute seeing their enthusiasm. Mt. Desolation hit the stage just around 8 pm and they killed it (in a great way). Some tracks were very slow and mellow and tracks like “Platform 7” were rockin’! Speaking of “Platform 7,” stay tuned for a video of that song. Coming soon. I met Jesse Quin before the show and Tim Rice-Oxley literally as he walked off the stage and pictures of that encounter are forthcoming as well. If you like Stornoway, who I saw earlier this year at the same venue and loved, you’ll definitely like Mt. Desolation.
See more pictures and the set list after the jump.