You.May.Die.In.The.Desert is a three-piece instrumental band from Seattle, WA. The trio are a tight knit machine that create chaotic, cinematic, and progressive music.

You.May.Die.In.The.Desert latest release, International Waters, is by far their most mature and refined album to date. The album takes the listener on a dynamic journey blurs musical boundaries. The album reflects the last several years of traveling the world, making new friends, and sustaining relationships. YMDITD have released three other albums, Bears in the Yukon, and Harmonic Motion: Volume I (a split record with Gifts From Enola), and in 2010 they self-released an EP, titled “International Waters E.P.”. Bears in the Yukon was originally released in Japan by Zankyo Records and more recently in the USA by The Mylene Sheath. The band has toured extensively in the western USA and had the opportunity to tour Japan in 2007.

YMDITD is currently planning a summer Midwest tour and playing several one off shows in Seattle.



You.May.Die.In.The.Desert…[w]ith only three members… is able to approach Oceansize’s Effloresce-era ambiance with At the Drive-In’s sense of urgency without sounding forced… The draw is this: Their route is extremely creative, and they hinge their progressions on such delicate interplay (rhythmic, tonal) that it’s impressive to watch/listen to; they’re also extremely good at tugging at your mood.

-Seattle Weekly

This band has usurped the alternative rock blueprint of loud/quiet/loud (or vice versa), replacing it with song progressions that are more multi-layered and more unpredictable. Their music lends an air of spontaneity despite the clear hardworking craft behind the compositions. Like the aquatic, flowing, borderless motifs of the project, the music itself embodies a freedom of transcendence and discovery.

Cameron LaFlam (Deli Magazine)

You.May.Die.In.The.Desert are a notable Seattle Trio who play exciting instrumental tracks inspired by celebrated artists like Pinback, Juno, Explosions in the Sky, and old local favorites Sharks Keep Moving. Their songs boast beauty but with muscle–compositions leap forward and spin around, and there are moments where they get messy and distorted enough to make you feel a little dizzy…

-Megan Seling (The Stranger)

You.May.Die.In.The.Desert came up in the hardcore math-rock scene. Putting those influences into a melodic post-rock band makes for very interesting listen. As one might imagine, their songs can span from as short as three minutes to upwards of ten. There is always a dramatic story for the listener to develop in their instrumental verses, but the aesthetic You.May.Die most embodies is triumph.

– Nikki Benson (SSG Music)

You.May.Die.In.The.Desert are only a three-piece, such is the chaotic nature of their music. Focusing on the use of elaborate fretwork and delay effects rather than adopting a typical ‘quiet-loud’ approach…You.May.Die.In.The.Desert successfully blur the boundaries between post-rock and jazz, although stylistically their sound is far removed from either of their better-known counterparts…

-Richard White (The Silent Ballet)

You.May.Die.In.The.Desert is a three-piece band that makes instrumental post rock along the lines of Explosions in the Sky. They manage to keep this disc from feeling repetitive or particularly formulaic, their tracks traversing joyfully unstable landscapes of time changes and careful shredding. Interlude is used to slow down the album, giving the listener a breather, and a Jatun closes out the album in a dream-like ambient wash.

-Redefine Magazine

The music is temporally challenging, as the delay effects overlap every note with the last, creating a frenzied, surreal stupor which hangs over the music. YMDITD’s auditory approach is a nice addition to the US instrumental scene, which is largely pigeonholed into “bands that are loud” and “bands that are not loud.” Bears in the Yukon sacrifices a few opportune moments to explode into a caccoon of noise and distortion for the opportunity to raise the level of sophistication by use of clever transitioning techniques.

-Jordan Volz (The Silent Ballet)


The Band & USA Booking

ymditd [at] gmail.com

USA Labels

Mic-in-a-Room: micinaroom [at] gmail.com


The Mylene Sheath: info [at] themylenesheath.com


Japanese Label

Zankyo Record : zankyorecord[at] hotmail.com



2005 Tour EP (2005, Handmade, 150) Out of Print
1) Jazz That Won’t Ruin Your Deaf Ears
2) Let’s Have Sarcasm for Breakfast
3) Pretext for Not Loving
4) The Writer’s Audience is Always Ficition
5) Yeah Hi, We’re Not From Around Here
6) In Case I should Die…

Bears In The Yukon (2006, Handmade, 200) Out of Print
1) Oceanfloor Hijinks
2) Can I Get More Steel in My Monitors?
3) The Writer’s Audience is Always Fiction
4) Interlude
5) Monorails
6) Bears in the Yukon

Bears In The Yukon (2007, Zankyo Records, 2000 in Jewel Cases)
1) Oceanfloor Hijinks
2) Can I Get More Steel in My Monitors?
3) The Writer’s Audience is Always Fiction
4) Interlude
5) Monorails
6) Bears in the Yukon

2007 Tour EP (Handmade, 200, 100 USA/100 Japan) Out of Print
1) Mitchell vs. Rowesdower
2) 3 Horses (Imported)
3) Jazz That Won’t Ruin Your Deaf Ears
1) Seagulls = Sea Eagles
2) 3 Horses (Imported)
3) Jazz That Won’t Ruin Your Deaf Ears
4) In Case I should Die… (Live)

Harmonic Motion: Volume I (2008, Differential Records, 1000 in Jewel Cases)

1) The Sound of Titans
2) In Case I Should Die…
3) Mitchell vs. Rowesdower
4) Seagulls = Sea Eagles
5) Let’s Have Sarcasm for Breakfast
Gifts From Enola
6) The Sun’s Condolences
7) Still Walks the Streets
8 ) 10/7
9) The Vision of Ruby Turpin
10) Dusk Swallowed Dawn

Bears In The Yukon (2008, Mylene Sheath, 1000 in Digipak Sleves)
1) Oceanfloor Hijinks
2) Can I Get More Steel in My Monitors?
3) The Writer’s Audience is Always Fiction
4) Interlude
5) Monorails
6) Bears in the Yukon
7) Interlude (Jatun Remix)

International Waters E.P.(2010, Self Release, 100 hand screened CDs) Out of Print
1) International Waters
2) West of 1848
3) True North
4) Monolith

International Waters (2012, Mic-in-a-Room Records, 1000 Digipak CDs)

1) Hands
2) International Waters
3) Six Horses
4) West of 1848
5) Interlude (II)
6) Signals to Safety
7) Monolith
8) True North
9) Johan

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