THE ASCENT

DEBUT SINGLE “ARE YOU THERE”
FROM “THE ASCENT” EP.

OUT NOW, ON ANTON NEWCOMBE’S ‘A’ RECORDINGS
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ABOUT DESERT SANDS

Desert Sands is the project of musician Mark Walker.

The Ascent, the band’s debut release on ‘A Recordings’, is a guitar-heavy, space-rock excursion comprising three tracks over 30 minutes.

Walker started writing and recording the music of Desert Sands whilst drumming in bands in London, all the while working on playing the other band members’ instruments himself.

Wanting to experiment with a more expansive and groove-oriented approach, he began channelling the guitar sounds of bands like Wooden Shjips, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dead Meadow, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and incorporating older influences like CAN.

“I wanted the songs to have a hypnotic groove, something that felt like it was really churning, and then add layers of guitars to give it that wall of sound effect,” says Walker. “For the lyrics I hit upon the idea of questioning the existence of God, which then became travelling through space to meet God, before finally becoming God… something suitably out there,” he says with a wry smile.

Walker further honed the songs live with bassist Louis Kinder and drummer Jonathan Walker. The band name was taken from a lyric in the song ‘Spoonful’ by Howlin’ Wolf.