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Dark Dark Dark to Release Who Needs Who October 2nd

Dark Dark Dark to Release Who Needs Who October 2nd
Michele

Minnesota alt-folk band Dark Dark Dark will release their third album Who Needs Who on October 2nd via Supply and Demand Music, and it is well worth checking out!  The group recounts both heartwarming and painful stories through this beautiful collection of songs, communicated equally through lyrics and instrumentals.  Their style is steeped in a mix of Americana, Eastern European folk and of course, bits of pop/rock.  They bear some resemblance to the indie group Bowerbirds in their use of accordion and strings, and execution of exotic-sounding melodies.  They have already shared a few tracks from their upcoming release, which can be pre-ordered on their Facebook page.  One of those tunes is “How it Went Down”, written by producer, banjo-and-clarinet-player Marshall LaCount, which undeniably aches with emotional turmoil brought on by the desperate desire to salvage a relationship.  The band itself has experienced some rough patches involving touring-related emotional strain, and being divided between two cities.

Nona Marie Invie’s voice is as pure as a songbird’s as she coos out lines that many can relate to in the above-mentioned tune, like the ever empathy-evoking “I would never ask about other nights, only a fool would spoil it all.  I would never ask about other nights, when I’m with you, my memory is gone.”  Her vocals sail amidst fluttering percussion, guitar and keys, which open up to lush and soloistic piano work after a steady beat picks up the pace so slightly.  The group really showcases their songwriting and arranging skills in the title track.  An initially somber song abruptly shifts to a Klezmer-inspired interlude in which a piano line dances, trumpets blare and accordion provides its shanty-like drone.

 

“How It Went Down”

 

Check out Dark Dark Dark’s website and tour dates:

DARK DARK DARK TOUR DATES:
Wed. Oct. 3 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
Sat. Oct. 6 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Mon. Oct. 8 – Hudson, NY @ Helsinki Hudson
Tue. Oct. 9 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Wed. Oct. 10 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
Thu. Oct. 11 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
Fri. Oct. 12 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Knitting Factory
Sat. Oct. 13 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
Sun. Oct. 14 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
Mon. Oct. 15 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Tue. Oct. 16 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
Wed. Oct. 17 – Atlanta, GA @ 529
Thu. Oct. 18 – New Orleans, LA @ Cafe Istanbul
Fri. Oct. 19 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
Sat. Oct. 20 – Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain
Sun. Oct. 21 – Denton, TX @ Dan’s Silverleaf
Wed. Oct. 24 – Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Sol
Fri. Oct. 26 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
Sat. Oct. 27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Sun. Oct. 28 – Garden City, ID @ Visual Arts Collective
Mon. Oct. 29 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Tue. Oct. 30 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Thu. Nov. 1 – Santa Rosa, CA @ Arlene Francis Theatre
Fri. Nov. 2 – Oakland, CA @ The New Parish
Sat. Nov. 3 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Mon. Nov. 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex
Tue. Nov. 6 – San Diego, CA @ Luce Loft

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