Rising indie rock band to headline show in Steamboat this weekend
Steamboat Springs — Known as one of the fastest rising indie rock bands in the music industry today, Desert Noises has come a long way from their humble beginnings.
Three years ago, the four members from Utah — lead singer Kyle Henderson, bassist Tyler Osmond, lead guitarist Patrick Boyer and drummer Brennan Allen — embarked on an epic road trip that would change their lives. Henderson said it started out with them playing for nothing, just to have the chance to perform in front of an audience.
“We never really had any expectations for where we would end up,” Allen said. “If there’s anything I’ve learned it’s that you have to take it one day at a time and see where you end up.”
After their first break from touring in three years, the group of young 20-somethings will be back at it this weekend. On Friday, Desert Noises will be at Schmiggity’s for a 10 p.m. show before heading to Denver to open for Shakey Graves (Alejandro Rose-Garcia). Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online.
Pat Waters, co-owner of Schmiggity’s, said he has tried to get Desert Noises back in Steamboat since their first show at Sweetwater two years ago.
“They have a classic rock sound but somehow have a fresh turn on it with their lyrics and how they present themselves,” said Brian Smith, a booking agent in town who helped get the group here. “I like the idea that they are not the typical band we see come through here; they offer something different.”
Desert Noises — a name that came from one of Henderson’s dreams — has performed at several festivals and gigs while living on the road for about 10 months out of the year. Their sophomore album, “27 Ways,” has a grass-roots Americana, contemporary sound with folk rock influences, and it is the reason for their most recent tour that also landed them a spot on CBS’ “This Morning” show.
Over the phone Tuesday, Henderson and Allen said their musical philosophy is a simple one that has kept them going through their struggles.
“After being on the road for so long, I can say with all confidence that we put our hearts into the show and make a serious effort to do that every night,” Henderson said. “No matter how hungover or tired we are, we put our souls on the stage.”
These musicians know one another so well that they’ve learned to read subtle cues, ensuring improvisation throughout their live performances. Something they are known for is their high energy and onstage ease, which Henderson said are owed to their audience.
“As soon as you step on stage, it’s for something bigger than you,” Allen said.
“You have to put all of that personal bull crap aside and realize you are sharing an experience with someone else,” Henderson added. “People come to see us play. It would be disrespectful not to give it our all.”
Looking back on the past few years as the band has been on the rise, they wouldn’t have done anything differently.
“There’s nothing else I would rather be doing,” Henderson said. “We’ve just tried to stay positive no matter what and keep our eyes up toward the sun.”
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