DARKSIDE is the collaborative duo of guitarist Dave Harrington and electronic producer Nicolas Jaar. The two musicians have vastly different backgrounds, but over the course of several years of touring together they found common ground: DARKSIDE. Dave and Nico use each other as mediums, working on primal instinct and summoning a hybrid of electronic music and psychedelic rock with the kind of artistic depth and breadth for which the term “progressive” was coined.
On October 8th 2013, DARKSIDE will unveil their debut full length, Psychic, to the world via Jaar’s own Other People label under license to Matador (US/Europe), Modular (Australia) and Hostess (Japan).
Nicolas Jaar came of age in New York City's underground minimal techno scene, releasing a string of unearthly dance singles that brought the then-18-year-old producer quick renown. Lushly textured and almost subversively slow, 2010's landmark Time for Us EP (Wolf + Lamb) and 2011's full-length Space Is Only Noise (Circus Company) dismantled and restructured dance music into heady new forms and garnered impressive reviews from both the electronic and rock press. He soon began weaving rock music into his own output, remixing acts like Grizzly Bear and Brian Eno and performing with a live band.
Dave Harrington started out in New York City as a young bass player studying experimental jazz and sneaking into late-night jam sessions as a teenager. He eventually moved into composition and performance art, creating commissioned works for theater and film, directing a rendition of John Zorn's COBRA, and integrating lap steel, guitar, keyboard, and effects into his arsenal. After joining the Nicolas Jaar live band in 2011 on guitar and electronics, Harrington began experimenting with dance music, remixing and DJing. Eventually, Harrington and Jaar started experimenting in their studio, and DARKSIDE emerged.
DARKSIDE's Psychic is a watershed moment for the duo, a quantum leap forward from their 3-song debut, 2011's DARKSIDE EP (Clown & Sunset). Psychic is a ritualistic song cycle, exploring rock’s cosmic outer edges through the immersive, body-moving framework of 21st-century house and techno. Album opener “Golden Arrow” is a microcosm of the album entire, charting an 11-minute journey from the desert to the stars: The song begins as a barren landscape where organs and static crackle on the horizon. But as "Golden Arrow" builds toward its climax, guitars poke pointillistic patterns in the sky and the blackness rips open, revealing a lumbering sub-bass groove that rises out of the fissure. It's mesmerizing and immediate, desperate and triumphant—and it sounds like nothing either has made before. DARKSIDE aren't dancefloor producers taking a stab at rock music; nor are they a rock band paying homage to their new favorite techno 12-inches. They're deep listeners and creators of both who see little need for distinction between their favorite sounds. The result is Psychic, an album of uncompromising creative vision from two artists working at the peak of their powers.
News From The Matablog
If you are not in at a 2000 year-old Coliseum in Croatia right now waiting to see Darkside, fear not, their set will be streaming live here starting at 6:30pm EST: http://boilerroom.tv/session/dimensions-opening-concert/
Dimensions Opening Concert by brtvofficial
"DARKSIDE is coming to an end, for now. On September 12th, we will be playing our last show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Here are two songs that we made while working on 'Psychic' but that didn't make the album. Thanks for listening and supporting us this year" -message from DARKSIDE The final show they speak of is now sold out, but the band is excited to share two of the b-sides from Psychic: Remaining Tour Dates: Sunday, August, 24 - FYF Fest, Los Angeles CA SOLD OUT Wednesday, August, 27 - Dimensions Festival, Pula, Croatia Friday, August, 29 - Zürich Openair, Zurich, Switzerland Sunday, August, 31 - Orange Date, Izmir-Cesme, Turkey Tuesday, September, 2 - Orange Date, Istanbul, Turkey Wednesday, September, 3 - Studio G13, Kiev Thursday, September, 4 - Loftas Fest, Vilnius, Lithuania Friday, September, 5 - Berlin Festival, Berlin, Germany Saturday, September, 6 - Bestival, Isle of Wight, UK Friday, September, 12 - Brooklyn Masonic Temple, Brooklyn NY SOLD OUT
In a few hours, Chicago will open the flood gates and Lollapalooza 2014 will commence. Repping for Matador this year are Interpol and DARKSIDE. Schedule Friday, 8/1 (today, for those who have not had their coffee yet) Interpol - Bud Light Stage at 5:00 PM UTC Streaming options: 1) Lollapalooza Official Website 2) Red Bull TV Sunday, 8/3 DARKSIDE - The Groove at at 8:45 PM UTC Streaming options: 1) None, gotta be there Can't make it this year? Many MANY other chances to catch both bands the rest of this summer. Interpol tour dates: http://www.interpolnyc.com/shows/ Darkside tour dates: http://www.darksideusa.com/tour/
We have not one, not two but SIX bands on the roster playing at Primavera Sound in Barcelona this weekend. Set times for all below, in CET. Thursday, May 29th Glasser 6:35-7:20pm, Pitchfork Stage Majical Cloudz 8:55-9:45pm Pitchfork Stage Queens of the Stone Age 11:00pm- 12:05am, Heineken StageFriday May 30thBody/Head 8:45-9:45pm, Auditori Rockdelux StageDarkside 1:00-2:00am, Ray Ban StageLee Ranaldo and The Dust 10:25-11:20pm, Vice Stage (streaming live here)Familiar faces and sounds in the line-up include Spoon, Mogwai, The Mark Eitzel Ordeal and Cold Cave.
Back in January, Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington of Darkside stopped by Sound Opinions (WBEZ91.5 Chicago) to talk to Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk about how Darkside formed, the facts on the origin of the band name (involving a hotel room in Berlin, a fire hazard and The Big Lebowski), how three became two and much more. It's a great interview and you can stream or download the episode here. "Paper Trails" "Freak, Go Home" Festival dates: May Friday 30 – Barcelona, NA – Primavera Sound Festival June Thursday 05 – Porto, TO – Optimus Primavera Sound Sunday 22 – Hvar, AR – For Festival Wednesday 25 – Athens, NS – Ejekt Festival Thursday 26 – Maeseille, LE – Rock Island Festival July Thursday 03 – Gdynia, IA – Open’er Festival Saturday 05 – Amsterdam, AM – Pitch Festival Sunday 13 – Rotterdam, AM – North Sea Jazz Festival Thursday 17 – Dour, UR – Dour Festival Friday 25 – Nigata, TA – Fuji Rock Festival August Friday 08 – Helsinki, KI – Flow Festival Saturday 09 – Olso, SO – Oya Festival Sunday 10 – Skipton, ON – Beacons Festival Friday 15 – London, ON – Jabberwocky Sunday 17 – Budapest, ST – Sziget Festival Wednesday 27 - Pula, Cr - Dimensions Festival Friday 29 - Zurich, CH Openair FestivalSeptemberFriday 05 Berlin, Ge - Berlin FestivalSaturday 06 Isle Of Wight, GB - Bestival