If this article was paid by the word, then Dark Dark Dark would simply be described as an American folk-pop band. However, they are much more dynamic and adventurous than those restrictive titles. Taking influence from a whole range of styles and genres this Minneapolis-based band blend a number of instruments and vocals to create effortless but powerful melodies most aptly reflected by their single ‘Daydreaming’ from their second album ‘Wild Go’.
Having rapidly picked up more and more band members, friends and fans since their inception in 2006 we caught up with Marshall, one of the two original members, before they embarked on the upcoming tour that takes them around the world from the USA to Australia and finally Europe stopping briefly in the UK for two dates in December.
Far Out: First of all how did you all meet?
Dark Dark Dark: “Nona and I met in Minneapolis and founded the band for a trip to New Orleans. We met everyone else while on tour, asking them to help us with shows, or finding shows for their bands. The network of touring bands is quite amazing.”
So did you find it difficult agreeing on what type of music you wanted to make with you all growing up listening to different regional sounds?
“No one ever agreed on anything, this just happened! I guess it is all in there somewhere.”
You’ve only been a band since 2006 and you’ve already released two albums with a third available to buy in October, is songwriting something that you collectively find natural?
“Oh! I was worried we were going slow. It’s nice you think we are productive. Making records is super fun, and a huge part of our learning process. We are trying to act like we find it ‘natural’.”
I read in an interview that you’d had messages from people in India, Turkey and South America as well as at home and in Europe. Is it weird to think that your music resonates with people from such diverse
“That’s beautiful and we’re grateful for it. If a lot of people from all over the world can unify over our melancholy, and hopefully find power in it and a way out, that is beautiful.”
Having released your new album, who needs who, you’re touring almost constantly until Christmas, where are you really excited to be visiting?
“Honestly we love to tour and don’t discriminate! It’s our first time in Australia and it will be summer there, so that is exciting, but we’re also excited to see our own country again and to go to a rock and roll resort at ATP…and then I think how much we like France, Germany, Denmark, and I’m in trouble for listing too many places.”
Do you get enough time away from playing to really experience the cities and towns you’re in?
“We have to make an effort, but I think so. So our experience is usually limited to a certain radius around the venue, but we find ways.”
Sadly for us you’re just playing the two dates in the UK, one of which is supporting Kurt Vile in London, how was this arranged?
“We’ve spent a lot of time in the UK this year, Green Man, End of the Road, Mosely, Electric Picnic and a bunch of club dates, we’ll be back for more next year. Definitely looking forward to the Kurt Vile show and ATP. You know, I think Kurt sent us an SMS and asked us to play.”
It’s been almost a year since your Abbey Road sessions were aired here in the UK, has that helped you as a band in many ways?
“Those were beautiful sessions, we’re happy to have done them. I hope a lot of people got to see them. Abbey Road I’m sure was a help, as is Tom Ravenscroft and the whole 6 Music team, everyone has been so supportive, thank you.”
Like most bands, your true passion is just getting out and playing live shows, is making videos and promoting yourselves a chore or have you found ways to make it fun?
“It is all fun, it’s all an art project and we have a sense of humour about all of it, as long as the integrity of the music is supported first.”