INTERVIEW: Dark Stares

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

Good thanks, just looking forward to getting this new album out there in May 2019 – we’re buzzing!

Can you talk to us more about your latest track “You Know Me”?

Yeah, it’s the opening track of this new record ‘The Lightning Echo’, it’s a bit of a banger and also short and sweet, at just over 2 minutes long. We thought it would be a good introduction to the new album.

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

It’s mainly just caricature of blasé rock & roll-esque arrogance: “Once you know me, you won’t care about anything else” etc.

The single comes off your new album The Lightning Echo – what’s the story behind the title?

Track 5 is called Mr Midnight, and has a lyric “Ride through the lightning echo, never needed nobody just do it on your own”. We felt like that’s a strong track and the lyric itself jumped out at us and relates somewhat to our DIY nature.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was interesting this time around, absolutely everything was recorded ourselves in our own studio. We outsourced some of the mixing but it was an excellent and liberating experience to self-record fully for the first time on a record.

How Muse and Queens of the Stone Age has influence your writing?

Those bands are very different but have in common that ability to produce absolute anthems that have stadiums rocking along to. All of us in Dark Stares have been those people in the audience watching these two bands, multiple times. You can’t over think these elements in your songwriting, you have to let it come naturally but it’s certainly something to think about and aim for.

What role does St. Albans play in your music?

St Albans has some interesting musical history with bands like The Zombies coming from there. It’s important to know your roots and keep this in mind with what you do, whilst balancing out the fact that most of our fans are listening on different continents to us.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

We’re inspired by weird and wonderful things, we tend to stir clear of explicit social commentary, so we’re usually referencing fiction, conspiracies, ethereal folk lore, dark and strange material etc.

Any plans to hit the road?

 Not at the moment, just can’t wait to get ‘The Lightning Echo’ out there in front of our waiting fans in May.

What else is happening next in Dark Stares’ world?

Already rehearsing and writing with new material, it definitely won’t be long until we’re back in the studio again.

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