Desolation Angels
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Desolation Angels

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The best kept secret in music


"Desolation Angels - High In Third Gear by Bill Chapin"

Desolation Angels’ page at cites a long list of influences, including everything from the “attitude of Johnny Cash” to “the drive of Social Distortion” to “the gentleness of the Flying Burrito Brothers.” All the standard alt-country, punk and blues-rock influences can be heard on the band’s debut, High In Third Gear.

There’s nothing wrong, particularly if you’re a band from Detroit, with banging out super simple riffs on cheap equipment—the foundation upon which the ongoing garage-rock revival was built—as long as you’ve got the muscle to back it up. As a singer-songwriter, Desolation Angels Dan McKernan has it down to perfection. His voice is raw and powerful, as are his lyrics. But instrumentally, the group could use a little more punch and tighter rhythms.

Parts of the album are great. Perhaps the lesson of High In Third Gear is making a good garage rock album isn’t as easy as it sounds. - Port Huron Times Herald (7.22.05)

"Stage is set for finals showdown by Christy L. Breithaupt"

Lisboa and Free Element triumphed over the Desolation Angels and the Robin Horlock Band at The Detroit News' Sonic Summer semifinals Thursday at the Magic Bag in Ferndale. The victors will move on to the finals at the Chrysler Arts, Beats & Eats in Pontiac on Sept. 3. They will join the Killer Flamingos (pop/rock), Paper Street Saints (rock), Vigilante Sidekicks (punk) and Not for Sal (rock), other semifinals' winners...

Next up was the toe-tapping, country-rock trio Desolation Angels. Loud and energy-infused, they channeled country greats such as Johnny Cash along with rockabilly staples such as the Reverend Horton Heat for a sound that was invigorating.... - The Detroit News


EP - "High In Third Gear" (2006)


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Somewhere between heaven and hell lie the desolation angels - the souls all about you with longing in their throats and conviction in their eyes. The sound is unique, Detroit rock and roll that knows where it comes from - from black and white southerners singing as they work on the line; from young detroit kids practicing in their garages saying 'fuck the status quo,' from lonely nights in an industrial city and hard days between the concrete and steel.

desolation angels don't hide their roots behind a veneer of trendy polish. Their songs are about love lost, life lost, the tragedy of daily life and the redemption one can find inside. They are proud to be part country, part blues and part punk. They define this blend as the true americana, just as the rise and fall of Detroit is a uniquely American tale.

desolation angels-detroit: dan mckernan - the songwriting singing/guitar picker, eric pelto - the fury and the feeling behind the drums and try barth bringing the low-end. Their resume is impressive from the Magic Bag to the Lager House, Alvins to Hockeytown Cafe, D-Pollen festival to Hamtramck Blowout. But the true key is at their shows and in their songs. Because in our hearts, late at night, on that unlit highway, aren't we all...desolation angels?