Saturday, March 16, 2019

Cast in a blue light of new wave dreams "Crimes" by Darkbird runs so deep

Crimes by Darkbird runs so deep. Deep in the blue light cast my old time movie marquees and new wave rock sounds. There is something vast, emotional elements of the 60's, the 80's and now. I flashed on Modern English and the amazing Martha Davis from the Motels. Cast in the sultry vocal tones, percolated by spaghetti western guitar and dreamland synths you can feel deep desire and heartbreak too. So lovely and cool. Glitter ball lights fanning out on a high school gym floor.

Robb Donker


Lyrics to the first song Kelly and Brian would ever write together set the stage for the romantic waterloo that would become Darkbird.
Kelly Barnes left Los Angeles after a broken marriage resulted in a broken band. Just prior to the move, she unexpectedly hit international success, singing a monster hit called, “Get Shaky” with DJ Ian Carey. While the track and a few others were financially significant to the ex-wife and waitress, the style of music was unfulfilling to Barnes. She began to dread performing the songs and eventually became fearfully depressed.
After a tragic house fire in NYC, Brian Cole opted for a fresh start. As his belongings smoldered in the winter snow, he decided to pack up what was left and head south in search of warmer days and better luck.
Ironically, while most go to LA or NYC to make their dreams come true, Brian and Kelly found each other on the musician page on Craigslist in Austin, TX.  While they had hoped to leave their pasts behind, inevitably, the heartbreaks found a place they call home in Darkbird.
Approaching their 3rd official SXSW appearance, the Austinite darling just finished their 3rd record, which will be followed by a nation-wide US tour in 2019.

Check out Crimes on Spotify: (click on pic).

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