After touring the American Deep South, Dark Science launches their self-titled album at a show in London.
As Dark Science take the stage, you could be easily fooled into thinking this is a middle-of-the-road, Dad band. However, from the first beat, that theory is blown out of the water.
A sound like no other emanates from the speakers; a mixture of technical rock, good old 90’s show gazing, all interwoven across some good old metal blast beats.
Baz (lead singer) could be playing to a festival crowd. His exuberance and energyÂ are endless, even though he is playing to an intimate crowd at the Dark Science album launch here at Great Portland Street on a Monday night. Baz is still playing for the people and acting up to those spotlights. He speaks with a Northern English accent that could easily take you back to the Stone Roses in their prime.
Priestman (The High Priest) on guitar is instantly recognisable on stage with his garish (yet quite nice) jacket. The intricacies through his riffs are a thing of genius; simple isn’t a word in this mans dictionary.
The bass licks bring everything together thanks to Jonny Hill’s expertise, the icing on the disco metal cake, a wall of beautiful noise, that has notes of so many genres, brought into one melodic, hard hitting sound.
Then there areÂ the drums. Johnny B, a death metal drummer by trade, manages to intersperse the tracks with inextricable double bass fuelled beats, working with The High Priests riffs, making it all seem so unnaturally natural.
The crowd love it, a smorgasbord of sound, a blender of influences, with tracks like “White Drugs” picking up the pace and getting people bouncing, to the catchy as flu, “Music in My Head,” which will be resonating in your head for days to come.
This band are one to watch, an irreverent ensemble with the panache and style of seasoned vets.
Author: Simon Binns
National Rock Review Photographer Eric Duvet was behind the lens for the night.