Before coming off like a band with a sound that is all too familiar, Desert Noises brings listeners back to their original intentions of Western-style rock-n-roll in their brand-new release, “27 Ways.”
Here is my fangirl disclaimer: I’ve been a huge fan of Desert Noises since 2011, when the boys came up to a local venue here in Ogden to play a show. There was hype before Desert Noises stepped on the stage, and they lived up to it once the music started. Every concert since, my expectations are always blown out of the water as Desert Noises continues to play incredible live shows.
Now that my confessional of bias is out of the way, let me continue to review “27 Ways.”
Track 3, “Mice in the Kitchen,” is in danger of sounding like every other folksy-rock summer anthem out there, until Kyle Henderson’s unique sheep-like vocals and Pat Boyer’s rhythm guitar are set on fire with Tyler Osmond’s bass riff. It’s really the teamwork of the band members that make this track walk the line of obscurity and fame. “Mice in the Kitchen” will likely be the album’s radio single.
“Follow You Out,” No. 5 on the album, is my favorite. To me, a seasoned fan, this track sounds the most familiar. Most of the tracks on their previous works, “Mountain Sea” and “I Won’t See You,” have this same sound. “Follow You Out” sounds like driving to the Great Salt Lake in early summer with the windows rolled all the way down. This song makes you want to stand on mountains all by yourself and feel the rhythm surround your bones. Just like “Where I Go” on “Mountain Sea,” “Follow You Out” begs to be put on repeat.
In fact, most of the songs on “27 Ways” have a doppelganger that appears in Desert Noises’ previous work. The only difference is the songs on “27 Ways” are sharper and have a faster tempo. “Shiver,” Track 6 on “27 Ways,” could compare to “Highway Cars” on “Mountain Sea.”
This album is showing the growth and progression of a band that has sacrificed everything to make the music they love. I give it four stars.