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Desert Heat - Cat Mask at Huggie Temple MIE 020

“The outcome of a collective trudge across the European/American desert for 40 days and 40 nights.”

Its is with great pleasure that we can announce the upcoming release on MIE in August of Cat Mask at Huggie Temple, the superb debut 12” by Desert Heat, a dust bowl rock trio of Steve Gunn, John Truscinski and Cian Nugent.

The trio originally came together when they played a bowling alley followed by an appearance at Tusk Festival in Newcastle, UK where the trio jammed together like they had been a band for years. Part of the group's success hinges on John and Steve's rapport, honed through their releases as the Gunn-Truscinski Duo. The pair mix touches of folk, psych, raga, and rock into hypnotic pieces that straddle the line between improvisation and songcraft over two excellent albums released on Three Lobed Records. Cian Nugent, the prodigal Irish acoustic guitarist joins the duo as Desert Heat bringing his amalgam of suburban/coastal blues, 1960s & ’70s singer-songwriters, psychedelia, 20th century composition and the Takoma school stylings into the mix.

The 12” consists of two long and sprawling tracks, ‘Cat Mask at Huggie Temple’ and ‘Chimay Blues’. The former drops you straight in the never ending interplay between Cian and Steve who weave in and out of the beats that John lays down. The guitar exchanges build up to a climatic boogie jamfest. ‘Chimay Blues’ starts of as a slow deconstructed raga before moving into a hypnotic groove building up to a crescendo before it passes you by and drifts of on the open highway. Semi-improvised yet impossibly tight, Desert Heat can only embody the flickering mirage on the open road under the fading heat of the evening sun.

Photography by Cian Nugent. Mastered by Patrick Klem.

12" + Digital (all formats) is Sold Out. There might be a few copies out at distros still.
Digital (all formats) - £5
plus p&p.

Pressing Information

Cat Mask at Huggie Temple will be released in a limited vinyl edition of 350 and on digital. The record is cut at 45 RPM.


  1. Cat Mask at Huggie Temple
  2. Chimay Blues