In the waning days of the band Desolation Angels, formed in the early 2000's by singer/guitarist Dan McKernan, he and longtime drummer Erik Pelto came to a realization: the music they were creating was more than an evolution in their sound. It was an entirely new creation, one that owed much to the newest musicians they were playing with, bassist John Wolf Abel and guitarist Josh Weddle. When 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. It was a unique kind of Americana, steeped in the many traditions of roots rock and outlaw country, but with the drive that has marked music from Detroit great for generations. The boundaries were undefined.
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 meant that users looking for the Detroit snad on Google, fans streaming on Spotify and even Facebook users trying to “like” us were 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 and New songs!