Not sure why, but whenever a new ensemble of well-known musicians forms (see how I avoided calling it a supergroup?), information leaks out with little fanfare, usually via Twitter or a random Blogspot page.
Such is the case with Mt. Desolation, a new collective featuring members of the Killers, Keane, Mumford & Sons, Noah and the Whale, and the Long Winters.
Paste first caught wind of the group earlier this year, when Long Winters singer John Roderick tweeted news about his secret side project. That tweet, however, didn’t let on that Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci and 10 others have teamed up with bandleaders Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin of Keane for a new alt-country record to be released later this year.
Today, NME points to the band’s official Blogpost, which is loaded with videos, photos, and notes from Mt. Desolation’s recording sessions. The Emery Dobyns-produced album is apparently in the can: “We’re back in the studio adding the final bits to the record,” reads an update from March. “After no little wrangling, the list of songs has been narrowed down and we can see the shape of the album more clearly. Mixing starts on Monday.”
Perhaps Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody and Belle and Sebastian drummer Richard Colburn’s new Gram Parsons-inspired group have found a possible opening (or headlining!) act.