(photo : Jed DeMoss)
On July 23, DARKSIDE will release its much-anticipated second full-length, 'Spiral', via Matador Records. Today, you can listen to new song “The Limit”.
DARKSIDE is an American rock band formed in Providence, Rhode Island in 2011. The group consists of Chilean electronic musician & vocalist Nicolás Jaar and American multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington. Jaar and Harrington first met while studying in Providence through their common friend and saxophonist Will Epstein. In the summer of 2011, they toured Europe and Australia in support of Jaar's breakthrough debut album Space Is Only Noise.
Upon returning to Providence, they continued to write together, releasing their self-titled EP in 2012 and their critically acclaimed debut album 'Psychic' on Matador in October 2013. The album was met with glowing reviews, including a 9.0 from Pitchfork and the New York Times calling it "the soundtrack to a lost David Lynch sci-fi movie."
In the years that followed the 'Psychic' tour in 2014, the musicians moved on parallel and occasionally intersecting paths. Jaar would release five albums under his name and two collections of club music as Against All Logic. Harrington worked as a producer and composer, releasing two albums with his Dave Harrington Group. During that time he also played some 300 shows in NYC and Brooklyn, becoming deeply entrenched with a wide-ranging community of improvisers and collaborators, performing and recording with Yuka Honda, Brian Chase, Ilhan Ersahin, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Joe Russo, Innov Gnawa, Angel Deradoorian, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, Nels Cline, and more.
In the summer of 2018, Harrington and Jaar rented a small house on Lenni-Lenape territory, which is present-day Flemington, New Jersey. The group spent a week there, making a song a day. While it would take another year and a half to complete their second album, six songs from the band's new record 'Spiral were written and recorded during this initial session.
"From the beginning, DARKSIDE has been our jam band. Something we did on days off. When we reconvened, it was because we really couldn't wait to jam together again,” says Jaar. Harrington echoes this, “It felt like it was time again,” he said. "We do things in this band that we would never do on our own. DARKSIDE is the third being in the room that just kind of occurs when we make music together."
presave / preorder 'Spiral'
stream / download "The Limit"
- Narrow Road
- The Limit
- The Question Is To See It All
- I’m the Echo
- Liberty Bell
- Inside Is Out There
- Only Young
Darkside online :
Darkside at Matador
stream / download "Liberty Bell"
(photo : Jed DeMoss)
DARKSIDE is the collaborative duo of Dave Harrington and Nicolas Jaar.
Dormant since the close of touring for their debut full-length, 'Psychic', the group quietly reconvened in 2018 to begin writing new music.
Following more than a year of work, Harrington and Jaar completed 'Spiral', the second DARKSIDE album, in December of 2019, which has been mixed by Rashad Becker, mastered by Heba Kadry, and will be released this spring.
Today, you can listen to the first single, "Liberty Bell".
Darkside online :
Darkside at Matador
Darkside - 'Psychic Live' (DVD)D
Produced by La Blogothèque in association with ARTE France & Télénantes, DARKSIDE live at Stereolux - Nantes on March 21st, 2014. Featuring 7 sprawling and unique takes on tracks from 'Psychic', this live DVD captures the band at the peak of touring their critically lauded debut album. The live audio was mastered by Joe Lambert. Limited to 1,000 copies worldwide. 114 Minutes.
track listing :
1. Freak, Go Home
2. Paper Trails
3. The Only Shine I’ve Seen
6. Greek Light
7. Golden Arrow
Order the DVD now from The Matador Store, or purchase 'Psychic Live' digitally from Quello.
(International DVD orders via the Darkside store)
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.
Friday, 8/1 (today, for those who have not had their coffee yet)
Interpol - Bud Light Stage at 5:00 PM UTC
1) Lollapalooza Official Website
2) Red Bull TV
DARKSIDE - The Groove at at 8:45 PM UTC
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 Stage
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.
"Freak, Go Home"
Friday 30 – Barcelona, NA – Primavera Sound Festival
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
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
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 Festival
If you are at the festival, but sure to catch Queens of the Stone Age tomorrow, April 19th, at 9:35pm PST on the Coachella Stage and DARKSIDE in the aptly-named Gobi tent after at 10:50pm PST. If you are anywhere but Indio this weekend, you can watch many performances (including QOTSA) on AXS TV here (please check local listings) or watch it on your computer at AXS.tv.
The full schedule for the festival can be found here and a map here.
Pictures from Coachella Weekend 1: