Join us this Saturday, April 25, at the Painted Lady in Hamtramck as Seraphine Collective and Playground Detroit present a killer show featuring Casual Sweetheart, Wild Bore (NYC), Cheerleader (Fliint) and Dear Darkenss (Ferndale). In the meantime, here’s a brief Q & A with Dear Darkness:
Stacey-vocals and guitar.
When and how did you become a band?
We’ve been playing music together since we met in 2006 and Dear Darkness is just another stage in our evolution as musical partners.
How did you decide on your band name?
Stacey chose it from a song on PJ Harvey’s album, White Chalk.
Can you describe your music?
emotional, energetic, combustible, stripped, honest
What bands (or other things) are your influences/inspiration?
Sam: I see DD as a vehicle for us to express ideas that we may be afraid to express in everyday life and as a way for us to understand where our power lies as musicians and as women.
Stacey: The Ramones, PJ Harvey, The Beatles, and Pulp are the bands that I can actually hear the influence of in our music. A friend of ours says we sound a bit like The Kinks, at times.
Who are your favorite Detroit bands?
Sam likes Casual Sweetheart, The White Stripes, Iggy and The Stooges, mc5.
Stacey likes The Jamaican Queens, PAS/CAL (remember them?) and The Henchmen.
Tell us about your first show.
As Dear Darkness, we played the Totally Awesome Fest last year, around this time.
Anything else you want everyone to know about your band?
We were forced to take a break from playing live, for six months, because Stacey needed spinal surgery. Over that period, we managed (Stacey was on pain killers) to record an EP with Jim Diamond at Ghetto Recorders. The EP is called I Only Came Here to Dance. It is available for free download on our Bandcamp, as is our first album, Pleather Pants (recorded in Sam’s garage.)