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Portugal’s Miss Lava, who have been around for over a decade, have progressively upped the ante of their output. Now on their third album, Sonic Debris, their brand of grungy, high octane stoner ‘n’ roll is invigorated by faster tempos, fatter sounds, and especially expressive lyrical stylings from singer Johnny Lee - Jane’s Addiction style.

Head-charging songs such as ‘Another Beast Is Born’ morph comfortably from Monster-Magnetized swagger into galloping biker rock tracks like ‘The Silent Ghost Of Doom’. Longer tracks like ‘I’m The Asteroid’ give the band time to explore more complex arrangements, peppering various textures and tempos with guitarist K. Raffah’s screaming wah solos. In the aftermath they break into reflective acoustic passages which bring to mind the more subdued moments of Alice In Chains.

With Portuguese TV appearances and prestigious Euro-fest invitations under their belt, this is the Lisbon four-piece’s first appearance at a major UK event, and Desertfest is proud to give them a warm Camden welcome. Come witness the London eruption of Miss Lava at Desertfest 2018!

Words: Rich Sheppard