The 44 Territories – Big things coming…

Hold on to your hats – starting next week, The 44 Territories have a whole set of exciting announcements, including some new shows, and news about their debut release!  So stay tuned…

Goodbye Desolation Angels… Introducing The 44 Territories

So, you’ve probably noticed something different around here…

For the last 14 years, a group of fantastic musicians worked very hard to create exciting and fun music as Desolation Angels.  With roots in rockabilly, punk and good ole’ rock and roll, we Angels were able to play some great venues, play with some fantastic bands, and create both records and a live act that we have all been incredibly proud of.

Over the last little while, though, something even better happened.  First, the core – singer/guitarist Dan McKernan and drummer Erik Pelto – were rejoined by bassist John “Wolf” Abel.  The songs became fuller, the sound progressed.  Then, Josh Weddle joined the group on lead guitar, and his country-blues playing pushed it further. By the time Jason Bowes joined to fill out the live band, a true amalgamation of alt. country, southern rock, country, folk and garage rock was forged.  Americana.

Earlier this year, we went into the studio with Producer/Engineer John Smerek to begin work on some new recordings.  It was obvious almost immediately that a corner had been turned, and that it was time for something new.

Reinforcing this belief was the simple fact that “Desolation Angels” was a shared name, and the British heavy metal band that had first used it in the 1980s had reformed.  This has meant that users looking for us on Google, fans streaming us on Spotify and even Facebook users trying to “like” us have been directed to the wrong band.

So the decision was made and a new name was chosen.  The 44 Territories – a new name for a new band.  The best songs of Desolation Angels will live on, as well as the explosive live show. But The 44 Territories are definitely a NEW band. New songs.  A new record due out in the fall.  New shows. A new direction, and new sound.

We thank all those great musicians who we’ve been proud to play with as Desolation Angels in the past: Eric Challacombe, Eric Oliver, Eric Dombrowski, Monte Elias, Troy Barth, and those kind enough to sit in with us for a show or three.  And of course, all of the wonderful people who supported the music in any and every way.

It’s the dawning of a new era.  Thank you, most of all, for being our friends and our fans.  And we’ll see you at the next show!

The Desolation Angels/The 44 Territories

We have some big news! We’ve been in the studio the last few months, and will have a new set of songs to be released in the fall. We think these are the best work we’ve done yet. But along with these songs comes a change – after next weekend’s shows, Desolation Angels will officially become The 44 Territories. The name change is both to show what we hope is an evolution in our music, as well as a new dedication to getting the music out there to you. We’ll still be playing the best of what we did as the Angels, and expanding what we do even further. So stay tuned – there are big things coming, and thank you for the support you’ve always given us!
– Dan, Erik, Wolf, Josh and Jason

In the studio with desolation angels…

Now that it is seeming like spring again, we’re excited to say we have returned to the studio for the first time since 2011 to record some new tracks to release in the summer.  We started work a couple months ago, and spent last weekend in the great Rustbelt Studio under the engineering and producing eye of John Smerek.

John co-produced Hell or Highwater with us, as well as co-engineered and mixed the album, and we’re happy to work with him again.  This weekend, it was mostly Erik’s drums and Wolf’s bass that we got down, and we’re heading back later this month to cut Josh and Dan’s guitar tracks and vocals.

In the meantime, we’re booking new shows, like this weekend’s Nirvana tribute at the Old Miami, so look for us near you, and thank you for your support.

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Desolation Angels on Ann Delisi’s Essential Music

On August 24, we were lucky enough to be invited to the WDET studios in Detroit to join Ann Delisi on the air for her “Essential Music” program.  What followed was 20 minutes of music and conversation about alt country, the Detroit music scene and Desolation Angels.  Enjoy!

From the Lager House to the Whitney

We had an amazing time at PJs Lager House last night – thank you to everyone that came out, and our fantastic new friends in Nina and the Buffalo Charmers and the Whiskey Charmers!

Today, we are on the incomparable Ann Delisi’s Essential Music show on WDET (101.9), so tune in and give it a listen (and support public radio, while you’re at it).

And join us next Thursday, when we play the last Whitney Garden Party for the year with the awesome Prime Ministers.  The Whitney grounds are always beautiful, and there is no cover, so come out and enjoy a cocktail or three in the classiest Garden in Detroit while enjoying some great music.

New Shows Posted

…We’re adding new shows to finish out the summer, starting with next WEDNESDAY, JULY 22 at Small’s in Hamtramck, where the Desolation Angels open up for Gambler’s Mark from California!

Welcome to the new Desolation Angels website

Hello, and welcome to the new Desolation Angels website.  Please visit – often even – to see what new things we have coming up including show dates, road trips, new music and more.

Metro Times Blowout 17!

It’s Metro Times Blowout time again, the 17th year, and we are excited to say we will be a part again this year!  The venues haven’t been announced yet, so stay tuned!