Mt. Desolation

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Mt. Desolation
Origin United Kingdom Great Britain
Genres Alternative country, alternative rock, country rock
Years active 2010 – present
Associated acts Keane
The Staves
Mumford & Sons
The Killers
Noah & The Whale
Website Mt. Desolation
Members Tim Rice-Oxley
Jesse Quin

Mt. Desolation are an alt-country duo from England. It is the side project of Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin, members of the rock band Keane. Their self-titled debut album was released on October 18, 2010. The core of the band is composed of frontmen Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin.

The band's general line-up is extensive, including members of Keane, Noah & The Whale, The Killers, The Long Winters, The Staves and Mumford & Sons.

The live band consists primarily of Jesse Quin, Tim Rice-Oxley, Jessica Staveley Taylor, Fimbo, John-William Scott and Phil Renna.


  • Tim Rice-Oxley – composition, vocals, piano (2010–present)
  • Jesse Quin – composition, vocals, lead guitar (2010–present)
Additional personnel
  • Fimbo – drums (2010–present)
  • Jessica Staveley-Taylor – backing vocals, acoustic guitar, piano (2010–present)
  • John-William Scott – bass, guitar (2010–present)
  • Phil Renna – fiddle, keyboards (2010–present)
  • Andrew Lowe – bass (2010–present)
  • John Roderick – backing vocals, guitar (2010–present)
  • Pete Roe – keyboards, backing vocals (2010–present)
  • Tom Hobden – fiddle (2010–present)

Guest Artists[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart

Mt. Desolation 140 10


Single Year Album
"Departure / State Of Our Affairs" 2010 Mt. Desolation
"Bitter Pill"


Songs in other media[edit]

Year Title Type Song
2010 Gossip Girl TV series episode: The Townie "State Of Our Affairs"
2011 Grey's Anatomy TV series episode: Disarm "State Of Our Affairs"