Scotland’s Desert Kites’ New Single ‘Holiday’ Takes Listeners on a Sonic Getaway!

Desert Kites, the alternative two-piece rock band hailing from Dundee, Scotland, is excited to unveil their latest single, “Holiday.” Known for their unique blend of 90s grunge, hard rock, shoegaze, and nods to classic and prog rock, Desert Kites craft songs that reflect the multifaceted nature of life itself. Sometimes angry, sometimes sad, sometimes indifferent, but always poetic, their music offers lyrical montages that provide alternative views of the human experience, wrapped in solid melodic structures.

“Everybody loves a holiday. Even better, a stolen holiday taken when you shouldn’t. Like Ferris Bueller taking a day off when everyone else is at work. Our song ‘Holiday’ is about exactly that,” says Shaleph O’Neill, one half of Desert Kites. “With an upbeat tempo built around a solid guitar riff reminiscent of Van Halen and a Foo Fighters-esque chorus, ‘Holiday’ is a reminder to enjoy the good life while you can. To quote Ferris Bueller: ‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t look around once in a while, you could miss it’… Amen to that.”

Get ready to escape the ordinary with Desert Kites’ “Holiday,” a track that promises to be the soundtrack to your next great adventure.

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Desert Kites, hailing from Dundee, is an alternative rock band that intricately weaves together the sonic influences of 90s grunge and indie rock. Their musical palette also incorporates hints of shoegaze and pays homage to the timeless sounds of classic and prog rock. The essence of their songs mirrors the diverse tapestry of life – sometimes brimming with anger, other times soaked in sadness, and occasionally draped in indifference, yet consistently poetic.

Opting for imagery over a linear narrative, Desert Kites crafts lyrical montages that offer unique perspectives into the human experience. These poetic expressions are skillfully woven into solid melodic structures, creating a distinctive musical identity.

Born out of the tumultuous period of lockdown in 2020, Desert Kites emerged when singer/songwriter and guitarist Shaleph O’Neill (known for his contributions to Nonstopcamels, Pigpen, Think Tank, and The Zephyrs) rediscovered his passion for the guitar after a hiatus of almost two decades. Seeking refuge from the challenges of home life during the pandemic, Shaleph embarked on solitary rehearsals at the S2K studios in Dundee.

As lockdown restrictions eased, Shaleph enlisted the talents of drummer Michael Szeremet (formerly of Blackjacket, Frown, and Boy Afraid). Their collaboration, coupled with the engineering and bass guitar expertise of Stuart Hanna, marked the genesis of Desert Kites. The journey commenced with the recording of their debut single, “Coming Home to You,” in the autumn of 2021. Desert Kites encapsulates a revitalized musical spirit, born from the challenges of the times, and promises a unique blend of emotive storytelling within a framework of captivating melodies.


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