With a new album out at the end of next month, Dark Stares are getting a little excited. A perfect time to find out a little more about them and check out a sample of their new music…
St. Albans, Herts, England, UK.
How did you meet?
We’re three brothers and a family friend, so when we were all very young.
How long have you been playing as a band?
Over 9 years.
Before you get sick of being asked. where does the band name come from?
Funny Bones, a British cartoon about skeletons.
What are your influences?
All kinds of rock music from the 1960s to present day.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Light and shade; hard rock peaks, low-fi brooders, light relief.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
We like to get dark, ethereal, spiritual, as well as weird, as we’re not hugely into social commentary.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We’ve probably only played about 100 gigs. We set-up as a classic four-piece; rhythm guitarist singing lead, bass and lead guitar flanking left and right with backing vocals – about as textbook as they come.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Something ridiculous we did once was play a Halloween song we made-up called “Spook Disco” at a Christmas gig.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Drums are Pearl, guitars are Ibanez, bass is G&L.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We’re releasing our second album The Lightning Echo on 31st May 2019, and we’re really looking forward to the reaction of our fans following our debut Darker Days Are Here to Stay in 2018.
What are your plans for 2019?
2019 we’re releasing this follow-up album but also we’re working on new material, writing and in the early stages of recording as well, so we’ve got lots to look forward to.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
We always love to promote our friends Alexis Kings, who’ve recently released their new song “Addict”, Other than that, wouldn’t it be great to support a band of magnitude of Led Zeppelin? Maybe a typical response, but we’re taking this as a fantasy question!