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The Desert Vest / Press

“The Desert Vest have a sound that harkens back to a period, say 1993, almost immediately upon pressing play. The guitars crunch, the vocals are warbly and pained (but high in the mix), and the drumsticks venture to the cymbals early and often. They aren’t afraid to call themselves “grunge” and take that mantle to the tilt, with all baggage that comes along with that label. With the “Minneapolis sound” skewing more towards hip hop and electronic tinged music, their new record Hey What, their second, stands out from the crowd as a record that mines a sound that isn’t referenced nearly as much as it once was in the Twin Cities. The term “alt rock” is kind like saying something is “indie”(i.e it means a million things to a million people), but if I had to define what I thought “Alt-Rock” sounded like, I could do worse than referencing The Desert Vest. The band are releasing a new record Hey What with a record release show tonight at Cause in Uptown. -Reviler”

“The Desert Vest make far fewer attempts at pop appeal, apparently more concerned with crafting eerily textured sonic voyages than stringing together a chain of hooks. Singer Lucas Price’s dreary vocal deportment is the chief distinguishing characteristic of You Can’t Push a Ghost, as his mildly avant-garde lyrics are brought to life, or more appropriately, some zombie-like state. The compositions are at their best when the unexcited vocals are juxtaposed with jarring dissonance and lively rhythms pounded out by drummer Nick Hauboldt, such as the Sonic Youth-influenced “Silverfish.” ”

“Check out this cool video by local post grunge, punk and noise purveyors The Desert Vest. -Rift Magazine, February 10, 2010”

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