By Rick Perez
Sometimes a great band can emerge from the most unexpected place: forget New York, L.A., Austin, and Nashville. Hailing from the outskirts of Salt Lake City, Utah, the band Mojave Nomads are currently on the cusp of national and international stardom. With complex guitar solos and vocals that sound as good, if not better, live, the dudes of Mojave Nomads have created a mature version of rock and roll that gives their bigger city garage/psychedelic/punk counterparts a run for their money. Having one EP under their belt, playing countless shows, and gearing up for their next gig at the Sundance Film Festival, Mojave Nomads are just a beginning of their climb to success.
Check out BoC’s interview with Mojave Nomads, where they shared their influences on their upcoming EP, Salt Lake City’s music scene, and which box of cereal they would choose to be.
Who is Mojave Nomads and what is your music all about?
Tyler Harris – Lead Vocals
Colter Hill - Lead Guitar
Bryton Bell - Bass
Cole Eisenhour - Drums
Mason Hill - Synth
Our music is about our lives and whatever we are thinking about at the time the song is written.
How did you all get together?
Mojave Nomads: Colter and Mason are brothers, Tyler lived next door to Mason and Colter grew up with them, Bryton and Cole were born a day apart in hospital rooms next door to each other. Colter met Bryton and Cole in school and brought us all together to form Mojave Nomads.
If each member was a box of cereal, what would you be and why?
Bryton : Cinnamon Life, cause he loves life
Tyler : Reese’s puffs, because they are my favorite
Colter : Captain Crunch, because he cuts the roof of people’s mouth
Mason : Fruity Pebbles. Cause he’s tasty
Cole : Cinnamon Almond Protein Cheerios, because they’re tasty and make him run fast.
Mojave Nomads is currently working on a new untitled EP. What is influencing the tracks this time around? Are these influences different from your previous EP, Black Sheep?
Mojave Nomads: We have lots influences across the board for this new Record, and This record is a lot different than the first EP because we have started finding ourselves as songwriters and have become more honest with the music we are making.
What is the music scene like in the Salt Lake City, Utah area? How does the city impact your sound?
Mojave Nomads: The Music scene in Salt Lake City is very community centered, with everyone trying to help each other out, being surrounded by lots of very skilled musicians it’s easy to learn from other people. I think we definitely have SLC influences but I can’t actually pinpoint them.
I have 24 hours in SLC, what should I see and do?
Mojave Nomads: Go get some Philly Cheese Steaks at DP Cheesesteaks, go catch a local show at Kilby Court, go hit the sloops and hit the bars.
For each member, if you can jam with any musician alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Colter : Jack White
Bryton : Wu Tang
Mason : Danger Mouse
Tyler : John Gourley
Cole : Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age
What do you guys do when you aren’t playing or recording music?
Tyler : I try to play music as much as possible, but I also like to play Skyrim and go to the gym
Bryton: plays a lot of video games and outdoor activity
Mason: Nothing. He has no other talents
Cole : Running, School, and Art
Colter : Drink beer and think about life’s big questions.
What was the most exciting thing that happened to Mojave Nomads in 2015?
Mojave Nomads: Making our first Record with Joshua James.
What’s next for Mojave Nomads?
Put out a new record, continue building our fan base, play lots of shows.
Photos by: Matt Clayton and Haley Hoover