Hailing from Edinburgh, The Dark Jokes have been around since early 2011, but found their first major success in 2013 when they released their E.P., ‘Low Winter Sun.’ After touring Brazil, where they supported Kate Nash and The Magic Numbers, the band have returned to the homeland to record and release their first full studio album, ‘EKCO Transmissions.’ Released in November 2014, the album has already offered up two strong tracks to critical acclaim. ‘Divide’ is the third and final single to release as the boys get stuck into the summer’s line up of festivals and shows having only recently returned from a return to Sao Paulo, where they played 8 sell out shows.
Following up from the first two singles, ‘Firework Town’ and ‘Holding On’, ‘Divide’ doesn’t mess about. Where ‘Firework Town’ has a slow build right through to the two minute mark, the bright and airy intro in the new track lasts only a few seconds before it really kicks in with a proper beefy, low-end riff that serves as the centre of the song. Where ‘Holding On’ kept the majority of it’s complexity until the late track, ‘Divide’ has brilliantly, subtly mixed layers of instrumentation through the whole piece, with a break in the mid track and a build up through to the punch out conclusion (additionally, the track is mastered by Ray Staff, iconic engineer who has the worked with the likes of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Muse, amongst others, and it shows). Unique, formidable and with a replay value that will keep audiences hooked, ‘Divide’ is a seminal example of what alt-rock should be, and The Dark Jokes are another reason why Edinburgh is where music lives and breathes in Scotland.
‘Divide’ is out this Thursday, July 16th, amidst a massive self-promoted show at St. Stephens Church in Edinburgh, and the full album is available for download on the band’s website, listed below.
As a final note, and this is a personal thing for me, it’s worth mentioning that The Dark Jokes have released everything themselves, writing, recording and producing the album with the support of fans through online funding. I believe desperately in the power of independent music and implore you to support your local bands as much as possible in this manner. In this instance, at the very least, visit the site and download ‘Divide’, give it a listen and tell us what you think.