Punknews.org
Darker My Love - Darker My Love (Cover Artwork)

Darker My Love

Darker My Love: Darker My LoveDarker My Love (2006)
Dangerbird Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
User Rating:


Contributed by: ConsequentialBanditryConsequentialBanditry
(others by this writer | submit your own)

Psych-rock has not seen a debut this solid since Jesus and Mary Chain's Psychocandy. Originally a side project featuring members of the Distillers and Nerve Agents, California's Darker My Love break out with a sound no one was to expect from punk rockers. The sound is fuzzy, trippy, drowned in rever.
iTunes StoreAmazon


Psych-rock has not seen a debut this solid since Jesus and Mary Chain's Psychocandy. Originally a side project featuring members of the Distillers and Nerve Agents, California's Darker My Love break out with a sound no one was to expect from punk rockers. The sound is fuzzy, trippy, drowned in reverb, and guitar driven. The band has multiple psychedelic influences, ranging from the swirling melodies of Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine to the sometimes directionless drone of Brian Jonestown Massacre and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Noise-rock and shoegaze influences pervade the sound as well.

Highlights include the driving-rock track "Hello Traveler" and the mesmerizing "Opening," the obvious choice for an album intro. "Opening" features a guitar line bathed in feedback, but still allows for the listener to be swallowed in by the all-encompassing noise. "Hello Traveler" takes a kraut-rock foundation (driving, droning drums and bass) and makes it into a shimmering rock anthem, with exploding guitar sounds and swirling vocals. The single, ironically the last track of the album, "Summer Is Here," captures all of the sound from the previous songs and creates a height that the band never reached before.

Layered, textured music is making a huge comeback, and Darker My Love are reveling in all its trappings. With bands like Secret Machines, Serena Maneesh, and Darker My Love receiving press coverage from larger and larger media sources, the shoegazing and trippy sound may finally crack the charts that it usually reviles.

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Propagandhi - Potemkin City LimitsAlkaline Trio - Maybe I'll Catch FireRefused - The Shape of Punk to ComeAlkaline Trio - GoddamnitWeezer - WeezerThe Bronx - The Bronx (2006)Against Me! - is Reinventing Axl RoseHostage Life - Walking PapersSmoking Popes - Destination FailureAlkaline Trio - From Here To Infirmary

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
JayTee (October 6, 2006)

Great TSOL song. Rock on.

200_Bars (October 6, 2006)

Solid record. Even though these guys and Serena Maneesh are pretty blatant JAMC rip-offs, there need to be more bands like this.

Anonymous (October 6, 2006)

Does any one here listen to Brian Jonestown Massacre?

Anonymous (October 6, 2006)

great cd, reminds me of a mix of My Bloody Valentine with Slowdive and a twist of the Dandy's ...really well done-Oldpunker-

Cos (October 6, 2006)

saw them a few months ago and they rocked the house. I was calling them "shoegazer-Sabbath"--more in line with Comets on Fire and Dead Meadow than JAMC impersonators like Serena Maneesh

--Cos

ilikepunkrock (October 6, 2006)

psych-rock.org? man some of the reviews this week are depressing

Anonymous (October 6, 2006)

lawry's seasoned salt = the bomb

tylerdurden8136 (October 6, 2006)

guess i can't argue with the punkest motherfucker on the planet.

BrendanKelly (October 6, 2006)

fight club = scene garbage

tylerdurden8136 (October 6, 2006)

lawry = lame.

BrendanKelly (October 6, 2006)

This band name sucks, almost as much as hockey!

Exclusive Streams

Sponsored


The Fest 13

Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Other Places to Go