Desi & Cody
Desi & Cody at Lou’s Rocky Road Tavern
(Sidenote: Welcome to Part Seventeen of our ongoing Woodyfest 2018 coverage. This installment showcases Tulsa duo Desi & Cody.) found this writer still covering the entertainment at Lou’s Rocky Road Tavern. Erik “The Viking” Oftedahl and Blake Lankford had cleared the stage, making way for Tulsa duo Desi & Cody. Husband and wife Cody Clinton and Desirae Roses-Clinton entertained the audience with their sarcastically humorous indie rock, which No Depression describes as
[…] sun drenched harmonies and chamber pop textures [fused] into […] futuristic folk. (Sidenote: Small, Sloan, “Desi and Cody’s Yes, This Is Killing Us is Delightful Futuristic Folk,” No Depression, .)
The pair met in college when Roses-Clinton heard a live performance of Clinton on the radio and resolved to see him perform in-person. They became friends that night and later started dating. The two shared a home by the time Clinton joined Leon Russell’s band.
Yes, This Is Killing Us is a beautiful record and a fun, wild ride — a contender forbest of 2018.[I] can’t wait to hear what Desi and Cody do next.
Clinton started recording his first solo EP and happened to hear Roses-Clinton singing in the shower. He described his reaction in an interview with No Depression:
I was like (Sidenote: Cash, Garrett,
What is that? That’s amazing! She was singing hardcore, super crazy high opera type stuff. I was like
No Depression, .)
The Age of Whatever: An Interview with Desi and Cody,
Misfortune Makes Music
Desi & Cody’s latest album, Yes, This Is Killing Us, is based on their experiences touring as a married couple. Clinton had previously contended with alcohol addiction but had been sober for nine years. But then the musicians each lost their fathers in a short time span. At the start of a European tour Clinton relapsed. They would spend the entire tour and much of the following year
just getting wasted. (Sidenote: Small.)
The resulting collection is boisterous, darkly funny, mocking, and sometimes poignant, showcasing the pair’s strong storytelling chops. Besides the original material, Desi & Cody cover Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Games,” albeit in an entirely novel arrangement.
Enough time and distance have passed for the humor to shine through — simultaneously fresh and nostalgic, the collection’s blend of s Motown and girl-group pop melded with touches of s new wave keep everything from collapsing under implied misery.
For their Woodyfest set, Desi & Cody were joined by drummer Micah Moseby, bassist Tyler James, and lap steel guitarist Mike Kindell.