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]

On February 2016 Mt. Desolation announced on Twitter that they were working on their second album.

Up to now, the band has been posting several hinting pictures and videos on Instagram and Facebook, concerning their next album. [2] In October 2017 the band played a gig in Battle, East Sussex, during which new songs were performed.


  • 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"