Desert Noises

Desert Noises

Anya Skidan, Chris McFarland

Mon, December 3, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Rock Shop

Brooklyn, NY

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Desert Noises
Desert Noises
Desert Noises is Kyle Henderson, Tyler Osmond, Patrick Boyer, and Brennan Allen, four adventurers from Utah Valley, UT. Ask about their recent musical influences, and you'll extract a litany on the riches of Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, and Tame Impala. If it seems an unlikely trio of choices, it simply means that you haven't yet become acquainted with their propulsive, jangle-rich breed of rock 'n roll. Desert Noises make music for shouting into canyons, jumping into rivers, and getting married to the wide-open road. With a strong maturity in their songwriting, they conjure the majesty of the American pastoral landscape.
While one can pick out definite strains of blues and Americana, their often-ferocious delivery and penchant for shredding guitars elicits a powerful transcendence into psychedelic rock. This is felt most strongly in their live performances, where they harness their visceral energy in new ways each night.
Desert Noises work with an emotional palette that is sophisticated beyond their years, as front-man Kyle Henderson translates melancholy, longing, and regret into lyrical fables like a seasoned troubadour. He seems to be howling into the vastness with all of his might, romancing his hopelessness and taking comfort in open spaces.
These four young men are enchanting hearts across the country, having shared the stage with such notable contemporaries as The Head and The Heart, Local Natives, The Morning Benders, Blitzen Trapper, Miniature Tigers, and Pepper Rabbit. With their gaze set enthusiastically into the future and a new album on the way, the chronicle of Desert Noises is just beginning to unfold.
Anya Skidan
Anya Skidan
Brooklyn-based songbird Anya Skidan weaves rock, folk and blues melodies together using her ethereal vocals and original compositions for ukulele, guitar and piano.
Chris McFarland
Chris McFarland
Since his first release in the late 90’s, Brooklyn by way of Austin-based songwriter Chris McFarland and his “angry folk” style has been a constant force that has consistently earned him notice and praise from his peers and captivated heartsick audiences for more than a decade.

Whether solo, or with backing musicians, the stories in McFarland songs possess an intimate quality that has earned him a place on stages with Neko Case, Bright Eyes, Granddaddy, Rainer Maria, Britt Daniel of Spoon and The Dirty Three just to name a few.

A true road warrior, McFarland can be found crisscrossing the United States several months of the year, wearing down his late-model Martin acoustic with his ceremonial self-eviscerations.

Summer 2012 will see the release of McFarland’s sixth collection of songs, the “Beauty and Undertow” EP on August 21st, the realization of a long-held dream to reunite the members of groundbreaking emo group Rainer Maria for the first time since that band’s break up in late 2006.

“Kyle (Fischer, Rainer Maria guitarist) and I have been best friends for the last 23 years,” says McFarland. Bill (Kuehn,Rainer Maria drummer) has been one of my favorite drummers for many years and Caithlin (De Marrais, Rainer Maria vocalist) was on my last EP. When it came time to plan this new record, I just had to approach them all about being on it with me.”

The new EP is McFarland at his best, pouring out his frustration and anger on one song and waxing poetic on the next. It’s an urgent set of tunes that haunt, haunt, haunt – intense and out on the edge.

“McFarland’s particular talent is to access his anger as a means to exorcise his anger, a process that puts the proverbial silver lining into some of the storm clouds of sound he cranks out,” says

Chris McFarland’s latest EP “Beauty and Undertow” will be released on August 21st via the End Up label. The first single“Wild Abandon” is streaming now.


Distance for Departure (1999)
As If To Lay To Rest (2001)
Three From Given EP (2003)
Given (2004)
The Unraveling EP (2009)
Beauty and Undertow (2012)
Venue Information:
The Rock Shop
249 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11215