Frustrated Neil Young fans with nine volt wizardry
By Robin Ecoeur
Who are ya?
Dark Globes are Leighton Jennings, Andrew Moore, Chris Richardson, Richard Onslow and myself Tom Burgess. It came out of some songs I'd written whilst living in Cambridge that didn't really fit with my solo stuff, aspirations of being Jackie Leven, and didn't really fit with Cusack, my other project.
Why we are
It all really got a kick up the arse because Cusack couldn't play a gig last summer due to a ridiculous leg injury...a cold pack related shin burn! Leighton and I had these songs so we recruited Bryan Styles for a one off set as a three-piece. It was all born from us being in Cusack together.
It's called The Railway Hotel that's run by our friends Dave and Fi Dulake; it's a music pub with great beer and vegetarian food. Lance and I run a gig there called Shangri-La and Dark Globes rehearse there too.
Luck was born out of a shit holiday in the Cotswolds and too much time listening to Yo La Tengo. For Dream away, it was written whilst my neighbours were going mental at each other next door, Leighton and Lance had just persuaded me to buy a new Peavy classic, so I had that cranked whilst I wrote it to drown out the argument. I digress...
Galaxie 500 set the standard in the late 80's, updating the Velvet Underground rhythm guitar based rock and serving as a reference point for the explosion of Indie bands that would define the coming decade. Just as it's hard to imagine Galaxie 500 or Luna without the Velvets, imagining Dark Globes without Wareham's work is equally as difficult. Same goes for Ira Kaplan here. It's also how music works by the way. Before Lou Reed became Lou Reed, he was being Bob Dylan, only then did he do his own thing...
...so upon hearing Dream Away, you get the feeling the band have the potential to create something new to stand out from their highly influential influences. It's a glinting mid-tempo rocker with one of those classic fluid guitar solos; a gloomy but reassuring sound coming out of these guitars. The Bowie solos are predictable meaning the band's influences are captured so efficiently, that it is to its own detriment. But that's just details. It's their first track and you can't really judge on one song. Especially a song which all in all is a decent effort. Therefore we are more excited to see what's coming next.
Dark Globes have two further demos What You Want and Luck that are available to stream. These two tracks give you an idea of where the band is going or where it could go. Luck relies on a classic formula which could easily feature on any Luna record. What You Want has the same recipe but with a shimmering melody over more dingy guitars sound. Music is all about contrast, right?