SPRING TOUR WITH MIDDLE CLASS RUT, SECRET MUSIC
KICKS OFF THIS WEEKEND
L.A-based up-and-coming rockers Beware of Darkness releases their Howl EP this week via Bright Antenna/ILG. The 4-song EP features the infectious single “Howl,” which SPIN declares “a Zeppelin-riffing, bluesy face-stomper…think a more suped-up Black Keys,” and comes in advance of an anticipated full-length release later this year.
“Howl” is currently streaming at SPIN.com, but you can check out the rest of the EP at Baeble Music, who asserts, “In a world where so many of the garage rock bands are beginning to blur and melt in our minds, Beware of Darkness manages to chart their own path….we would compare them to White Stripes but their drumming is better than Meg White’s ever was.” Listen here: http://www.baeblemusic.com/artist/Beware-of-Darkness.
Helmed by 21-year old guitar wunderkind Kyle Nicolaides, Beware of Darkness blew crowds away at this year’s SXSW with their mind-bending live show. The trio will join labelmates Middle Class Rut on a 2-week trek kicking off April 21 in New Mexico with stops in Colorado, Las Vegas and more. The tour culminates in their hometown with a show at the Troubadour on May 6. On May 19, they will support Social Distortion and Linda Ortega at Knitting Factory in Reno, NV. See below for details.
Nicolaides, who has earned comparisons to Jack White and Bob Dylan, got his start performing solo shows around Los Angeles at The Viper Room, El Rey Theatre, and The Roxy where he quickly garnered industry buzz. His sound is heavily influenced by his relatively sheltered Santa Barbara upbringing, where as a child the only music he was allowed to listen to was Led Zeppelin and The Beatles.
Nicolaides’ Beware of Darkness bandmates consist of Tony Cupito (drums) and Daniel Curcio (bass). They connected over a mutual respect and admiration for Blues, Gospel, and Motown. Imagine Bowie’s “Hunky Dory” with low detuned, primal Zeppelin-esque guitar riffs. They all met in L.A, where Curcio (a New Jersey native) was visiting after discovering he had a long lost brother. The three came together to form Beware of Darkness, taking the name from a George Harrison song, and signed to Bright Antenna in late 2011 joining label mates OMD, The Wombats, and Middle Class Rut.
Bright Antenna’s Braden Merrick explains, “We started to hear chatter from some heavy hitters coming out of L.A. about this kid that was the reincarnate of Jimmy Page. We got ahold of his demos and were immediately impressed. I had to see this for myself and the courtship began with Kyle at Cheetah’s in Los Feliz. We’re really excited for the world to hear Beware of Darkness. It’s rare when you get to work with a talent with such a clear cut vision. We just throw gas on his fire.”
Lyrically, Nicolaides cites literary influences, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, and David Foster Wallace. He delivers scathing lyrical content in a snarling howl tackling subject matters of depression, chaste women, pedophile priests, and post-modern paranoia. Incredibly potent and precise, these are lyrics meant to evoke reactions. “I want to make music for people who want something deeper, something human, and flawed,” explains Nicolaides. “I don’t believe in escapism. The music is meant to be dark, but in a more reflective way.”
BEWARE OF DARKNESS ON THE ROAD
w/ Middle Class Rut, Secret Music
4.21 The Juggernaut – Gallup, NM
4.22 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
4.24 The Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
4.25 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
4.26 Neurolux – Boise, ID
4.28 The A Club – Spokane, WA
5.03 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
5.05 Silverton Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
5.06 The Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA
w/ Social Distortion & Linda Ortega
5.19 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
“HOWL” Single Track Listing (out April 17 – stream here):
02. “Ghost Town”
03. “Holy Men”
04. “Culture Bomb”