‘Stand My Ground’ on release now
The place: Tenerife.
The wine: 75 cents a bottle and actually quite drinkable.
The drunken holidaymakers are Debbie Bilson (lead vocals and gnarly bass) and Ainsley Stones (guitar and backing vocals) from Sheffield, England. The excitable rock nerds were in fine songwriting form that night and after finishing a song with too many time signatures for its own good, made an easy decision to dispense with the whole acoustic duo entity which they had formed, in favour of something more “them”. So Dark Sky Park was born.
Debbie and Ainsley began to refine their sound in coming months. They had a common passion for dark, melodic riffs and sometimes unexpected twists and turns in their favourite music. Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Ziggy Stardust, Queens of the Stone Age and MCR are are always obvious influences. Others include Motorhead, Metallica, System of a Down, ABBA and Slaves.
As Ainsley commented “we’re pretty much going for ABBA’s hooks and Sabbath’s riffs somehow….so I suppose we’re spanning A to B at least!”
On the back of the highly-favourable reviews of their debut “Follow Me” EP, the band signed to Holier Than Thou Records in 2016 and have gained great reviews and much airplay, as well as being renowned for their excellent live performance. In early 2018 Dark Sky Park’s sound was augmented with the arrival of highly experienced and hugely capable Metal drummer Jai Geer, who is now the powerhouse of the band.
Punchy attitude hits you hard. The pop of crunchy bass chords brings defiance needed to get over a lover whilst the grungy echoes pacify this harsh piece providing comfort not only to the rhythm but to Henrietta. Yet, a distorted guitar solo just adds to the creepy and self-remorseful sound. Light and shade are executed well through the band’s conviction to create an empowering track that contemplates the emotions behind the end of a relationship ……. The power Henrietta is solid and sultry. Contrary to much modern rock, you will find some hefty guitar solos with a guitar line leads backing a short yet provoking message.
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“….Loving what this band do” Way Out Radio
“…burrows itself deep into your pores with its unshakeable hypnotic groove which calls to mind both ‘Queens Of The Stone Age” Creation Press
“..infectiousness and warm harmonies, these aligned to increasingly steely textures from Stones. It is contagious stuff..”Ringmaster Reviews
“..Dark Sky Park are a breath of fresh air…they have created a sound that is unique..”Ramzine
“..There is a good display of vocal range, with some high note and layered harmonies in the chorus. The chord based and distorted guitar solo just adds to the creepy sound, which really just lives up to the bands name..” Mosh HitTheFloor
“..Kudos to Dark Sky Park for creating a consistent and good E.P. Great song-writing with great potential.” Midlands Rocks