Mt. Desolation

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Mt. Desolation
Origin United Kingdom
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 is an English band formed by Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin, members of the rock band Keane, as a side-project. Their self-titled debut album was released on October 18, 2010.

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


The project started during Keane's Perfect Symmetry World Tour in 2009 during a conversation in a bar in Dublin, Ireland. Rice-Oxley and Quin, Keane pianist and bassist, respectively, had the idea of making a country album, but the duo said they did not think they were going to release it. The album was recorded and released in 2010.

Members of Noah & The Whale, The Killers, The Long Winters, The Staves and Mumford & Sons were involved in the album's recording. After their debut show at The Lexington in London in July, the live band toured the UK in September 2010 and the USA & Canada supporting Mumford & Sons in October 2010. The Staves supported the band's UK tour dates.

The band launched a Tumblr blog on 6 November 2014, prompting speculation that the band are recording a new album during Keane's hiatus. This was later confirmed by band member Jesse Quin on his Twitter feed.[1]

Until September 2017 the band posted several hinting pictures on Instagram and Facebook, concerning their next album. [2]


  • Tim Rice-Oxley – composition, vocals, piano, keyboards, bass (2010–present)
  • Jesse Quin – composition, vocals, 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)


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"