INTERVIEW: Dark Sky Park

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Nice and busy thanks! We played lots of gigs earlier in the year and now it’s time to talk to people instead!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Stand My Ground”?

It’s our new single written by Ainsley and Debs. 100% of the proceeds go to the domestic abuse charity Refuge.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The lyrics are written by Debs, our vocalist and bassist. She used her own awful experiences at the hands of an abusive ex-partner as a catalyst to write something strong and defiant against domestic abuse and violence, which is reckoned to be massively under-reported in the UK.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Already done! The Premiere will be on the 11th of December.

How was the recording and writing process?

As per usual, long and mainly fun. The song existed in another form and we really didn’t like it as much as we should have, so we kept the lyrics and re-wrote the music entirely. We’re friends with it now!

Recording Is always tricky to be honest. We’re real perfectionists and that can be demanding when you have a day job!

What role does Sheffield play in your music?

That’s quite a hard question to answer. I don’t think we’re a typical Sheffield band, as it’s still very much an “Indie” town. Sometimes promoters don’t know what kind of bill to put us on, so that can be an issue. There are some great places for Rock bands to play though, and of course Sheffield has produced some fine heavier bands over the decades.

How do ABBA and Soundgarden has influence your writing?

Ains: Well, Soundgarden had some great riff ideas, almost like an updated, fucked up Black Sabbath. They often inspire me to write with a particular rhythm or tempo in mind, or a degree of dark atmosphere. ABBA’s influence comes in with the choruses. What’s a song without a great hook? They were masters of the hook and I always aspire to that level of memorability. In the recording phase, ABBA are always a band you’d want to reference because of the harmonies and arrangements. We’re always realistic though: there are only three of us! By the way, ABBA’s lead guitarist Lasse Wellander was kind enough to play lead guitar on our single “My Favourite Poison” and it’s a beast of a solo!

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Of course there’s always new material in the works. It’s just a matter of putting enough time aside to work on it. We take the usual approach of trying to finish a song before we decide if it’s “us” or not. We’ve been having a bit of a Slaves binge recently, so who knows?

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Our next single will be “Lonely Girl”, which should be released in March 2019.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes. It’ll start by next March to coincide with the release of “Lonely Girl”. All the dates will be on our website.

What else is happening next in Dark Sky Park’s world?

We’re thinking of taking over the Government. We figure we can’t do a worse job.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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