Either That or the Moon is the debut LP from Anglo-German trio Desert Mountain Tribe, and it boasts guitars as far as the ears can hear. Its kaleidoscopic, driving rock anthems are drenched in acid, evoking the mid-nineties sounds of Ride if they’d been galvanized by a psychedelic power station. The album was recorded directly to tape before being mastered by Black Angels sound engineer Brett Orrison, and the effect is one of a no-holds-barred, fiercely intense torrent that would be best served in a stadium, where nothing would inhibit the giant anthems from soaring into giddy stratospheres. Desert Mountain Tribe borrow an awful lot from psychedelic rock bands of the past without tweaking tried and tested blueprints too much, and while that isn’t a bad thing when it’s executed well, it does limit the lucidity of an identity formed by a new band tapping into them. It’s been a long time since guitars covered this big of an expanse.
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