A minimalistic mission statement

Anthemic garage rock meets sepia tones in Desert Planes’ new video


Desert Planes are a London two-piece indie outfit, formed by long-time friends Tom Farrer and Ben Niblett after years of playing music together on and off in various guises since their teens. After slowly honing their craft through prolific, small-scale touring, the band have finally dropped the video for debut single Wake in Fright – a re-recording of the original demo track that brought them a barrage of record label interest almost instantly when they self-released it last year.

The band, it seems, have chosen to announce their arrival with a minimalist, sepia-washed performance video that sees them playing in a derelict garage, complete with artful mood lighting courtesy of various assorted lamps and lightbulbs. There’s just enough going on to keep you interested visually, whilst letting the stately, arena-ready track – which recalls the anthemic garage rock of Mona, or Kings of Leon circa Because of the Times – speak for itself. It’s nothing fancy, but it does the job of announcing the band’s mission statement perfectly well, and suggests Desert Planes are one to watch out for in the near future.

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