(Damn) This Desert Air
Delivering an intense sonic boom infused with huge doses of melody, (Damn) This Desert Air bring you their brand new EP 'Nebulosity'. This return to recorded form is the band’s follow up to their full-length album Pyramids, which Engineer Records co-released with Belgium’s Funtime Records and Spain’s Desert Pearl Union, both other labels now defunct.
This is (Damn) This Desert Air’s fourth release overall, aside from compilation appearances including tribute albums in the name of 90’s underground tastemakers, Hum and Failure.
On Nebulosity, (Damn) This Desert Air barge through the door with the surging entrance of “Body Anchor (Back in Atlantis)”, the opening track and lead off single. The song sets the stage for the wide range of tone bending audio within. Drums are impactful with just the right punch and pocket; Guitars surge with layers of saturation around the warm, driving bass; Brazen vocals both in your face and memorably sung provide a commanding lead mere seconds after pressing play. Strings swell in the background at times, never too omnipresent, yet enhancing the bed of emotion within. All beautifully blended together by engineer/mixer Chris Badami at Portrait Recording Studios.
Three riff-laden tracks and one pensively evocative closer are what (D)TDA delivered, leaving the impulsive desire to unravel the layers within, upon each additional listen.
DTDA are: Mike Wolff : guitar, Dan Cav : bass guitar, Craig Cirinelli : microphone, Ti Kreck : drums, Shawn Reams : guitar, keys.
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It took me about twenty seconds to fall in love with (Damn) This Desert Air. I’m not talking about the seedy, stalkery, dirty sort of lust that attempts to pass itself off as passion, rather the sort of infatuation that inspires you to want to want to try to be happy, to be the best version of yourself that you can be and by shifting gears in the mystical realms of positivity, change the world. Yeah, (Damn) This Desert Air really is that good.
Sitting comfortably on the throne of that magical plain of punk rock bliss that exists between Quicksand and Seaweed, (Damn) This Desert Air deserve to ascend to the premiere league of the scene and live there forever. The four tracks on Nebulosity have completely sold me on this oddly named ensemble and I will be singing their praises until my dying breath. All hail your new punk rock gods…
by Tim Cundle.
It's been interesting (for lack of a better word) watching the soundscape of rock music change over the course of the past 15 years. The shelf-life of full-length albums is a lot shorter and Spotify is the prevalent platform for discovering new music. With a lot more to prove in an industry where the art (sadly) seems to be increasingly more disposable, some bands have reacted musically with shorter songs and/or less material per release. I won't be presumptuous in my attempted assessment of the new EP "Nebulosity" from New Jersey's (Damn) This Desert Air; what I will say is that DTDA have made a hard-hitting release that will please even the most impatient of rock fans, all while honing the sound they've worked to craft since their last release "Pyramids" in 2013.
"Body Anchor (Back in Atlantis)" opens the EP with a huge chorus. This is called a "pro-move." Drums kick us straight into it, followed by a big major chord and Craig's strong vocal delivery which is truly a highlight on this release. The lyrics are a survival tale of someone grappling with their own self-destructive whims. "I throw away device, rationale asking, 'why, why are you so manic?'" The song creates a center for the rest of the EP to work from, and I really like that about the sequencing here.
"Reach" begins with a warm guitar driven intro and the band comes in pretty straightaway into a soft verse that builds up through a two chord pre-chorus, and into another big chorus where Craig's vocals are the star. The guitar intro comes back for a second verse, but this time, we see the appearance of what sounds like an organ, mixed with piano and acoustic guitar. "Lonely Train" works great as a third track with a reverby delayed guitar intro that brought back memories of 2000s post-hardcore, ala Circa Survive and a more tame Deftones. The EP closes with the ballad-esque "Cauterize." The song could've easily been transformed into just another novel "acoustic" track (sometimes those songs are fucking really good, and other times they are not), but they went with an interesting format here: a picked bass with a chorus effect on it and some supplemental synth, where Craig can really allow for his dynamic abilities to showcase here. Many releases aim at vamping up the listener for a big ending, but this one finds a huge catharsis in ending with a minimal presentation with sociopolitical lyrical overtones.
The production from esteemed producer Chris Badami of Portrait Studios allows this band to clearly do what they do best. The hard drums and growling bass stay relatively grounded and tight to allow the guitars to interact and venture off a little bit, creating space in each track.
This release is an impressive effort from some incredible musicians.
by Eddie Templeton
We’re thrilled to premiere the new video for “Body Anchor (Back in Atlantis)” from veteran New Jersey post-hardcore outfit (Damn) This Desert Air. The video is a powerful accompaniment to a guttural song, both sonically and lyrically. The guitars are powerful and overwhelming right from the start, as a towering and melodic wall of sound quickly emerges. The serrated guitars have an aggressive Screaming Trees-like snarl to them and frontman Craig Cirinelli’s booming voice acutely conveys the harsh, piercing reality of the lyrics. The crushing lyrics appear to detail a scenario where a confidant or trusted person kicks you when you’re down, but the metaphorical words cut much deeper.
With vivid drowning imagery, Cirinelli describes being “Tied to the seat with ankles bound / You throw me over / With lead on my feet you send me down / This body anchor.” The purple-hued video, directed by Justin Wilson (Toadies, True Widow, Polyphonic Spree) is both eerie and suspenseful, as it follows the protagonist as he traverses through a purple-hued forest. He first pulls a guitar from the bank of a lake, moving through the woods with it in slow motion as he’s pursued by a cloaked figure. The setting eventually morphs into darkness, before splitting into two as he slowly approaches the ominous figure.
"Body Anchor (Back in Atlantis)” will appear on (Damn) This Desert Air's new EP Nebulosity, which is set for release on July 24th via Engineer Records.
by Tom Gallo
I love it when it’s been a while since you’ve heard from a band you like and they drop new music and it’s really good. That’s the case with this weeks Band Of The Week, (Damn) This Desert Air. It had been a few years since there was new music from this band. Their last album, Pyramids, still finds its way into rotation for me and it’s still a rocking record. Now, they have released a new EP called Nebulosity and it’s chock full of crunchy riffs, hard hitting rhythms and soaring melodic vocals. (Damn) This Desert Air is a band that has taken their cues from the space rock of the 90’s (Failure and Hum), added some cool post-hardcore vibes (a la Quicksand) and some melodic grunge in the way that STP did on Core and Purple. When you listen to the song “Body Anchor (Back In Atlantis),” you can definitely hear all three of those influences come into play. There is also a real maturity to this band as well that will probably get overlooked. That element has given these new songs a real sense of purpose and urgency. The passion you can hear in the performances are undeniable and it truly gives new life to this band. A song like “Lonely Train” is a great example of this. Nebulosity is a great way for (Damn) This Desert Air to come back. This EP is an encapsulation of what they’ve done in the past and are working towards. I urge anyone that reads this to really take the time to listen to this band. The pure nature of what this band is really shines. I’m quite excited to have them back and hope this is just the beginning of more to come.
by Brian Lacey