Tomorrow night, September 18, Dark Dark Dark bring their mix of minimalism, New Orleans jazz, Americana, Eastern European folk and pop to St. Louis. Their gorgeous, haunting melodies will sound beautiful in the acoustics of the historic Off Broadway.
The band, begun in 2006 by songwriters Nona Marie Invie and Marshall LaCount, recently embarked on a fall tour of the United States which will culminate in work this winter on recording a new album for release next year. In support they bring with them co-headliners A Hawk and a Hacksaw and Pillars and Tongues.
Their sophomore album, Wild Go released in 2010 on Supply and Demand Music, provides a warm palette for these emotional songs to coalesce into a beautiful artistic work. Recording live to tape at three different locations in their home base of Minneapolis with producer Tom Herbers (longtime Twin Cities scene stalwart whose credits include the Jayhawks, Low, and Soul Asylum), the band captured their sparse sound outside the typical studio space.
However, it's the live experience where the band's craft shines. Invie relates -
"We try to create a magical space with our performances," Invie says. "I'm always blown away by the number of people that come up to me afterward and say how much the music touched them. I love it when people can dance and have fun at our shows, but it's when people are quiet and I can tell that they are feeling it on a personal level that I feel like I'm really connecting."
Since the album release last year the band has played over 200 shows in both North America and Europe with the likes of The National, Low and Black Heart Procession. On the journey of a traveling musician Invie reflects, "I've been touring for so long now – and it's been great," she says, "but I have this internal conflict between having a nomadic lifestyle and needing a home."
Presented by 88.1 KDHX, tickets for the show are a quite reasonable $10 (or $13 under 21).