Exposure: Desolation Yes!
Desolation Yes! - Future Pop
Cold, pissed off and poor? Dance the pain away with Desolation Yes! The four-piece, a collaboration of established Glasgow musicians, have made a name for themselves supporting Howling Bells, Simian, Clearlake and the Vessels, amongst others. Let’s hear what singer and master of everything – from circuit bent instruments to guitar and electronic kazoo (!) – Paul Elliott has to say about life in the band.
‘It was meant to be a tribute to the Smashing Pumpkins. "Desolation yes, hesitation no" was, at the time we formed, the last line of the last song on the last album. But then they went and reformed so the story is not quite as cool now. Apparently it’s mentioned in the bible though!’
You’ve been described as brooding electro pop. Sound fair?
‘It’s kind of a fusion of rock/ industrial / techno/ pop. Or maybe just dancey-rock … either way, it’s catchy! We all have massive music collections so our inspirations can come from anywhere. The Prodigy, Gary Numan, Depeche Mode, David Bowie, Ladytron and Muse were some of our first influences.’
Your debut record Cybernation is due in 2009, but how should we get our fix before then?
‘We worked on our album for the majority of the summer, so we’ll spend the rest of the year playing gigs. Live, we’re loud and energetic – people just tend to turn up and dance, even if it's only for a bit. If that doesn't work I just kidnap them and tie them to a chair in front of the stage. People may think its all part of the show …’
13th Note Cafe, Glasgow, Tue 28 Oct