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Darkwing Amps Things Up In New Visuals For "Vicious"

Last week, Darkwing put out their new EP, Super Silver, which came out on the heels of their loosie “Ignorant Ghost.” Today, they’re premiering the visuals for “Vicious” off of the split track “Vicious/Who U R.”

Despite being based out of Brooklyn-via-New Jersey, Darkwing has a sound that’s got a lot of west coast blood in it; you can hear a blend of surf punk, scuzzy garage, and fuzzy Southern California rock elements on their latest. “Quid Facere” and “Alley Cat Blues” both dip into the band's melancholic side, while “Necropants" and “Vicious / Who U R” showcase rowdier, hooky song structures while still flirting with cynicism.

The video for “Vicious” is a dizzying mash-up of fish-lens images--from lip-syncing to quick cuts of party scenes and raucous shows. The song finds a balance between their amped up, oddball energy and east-coast neuroticism. The video only clocks in at one minute but manages to feel much longer. Check out both the video and the EP below.


Darkwing plunge into relationship anxiety + play at Alphaville on 07.28

The crux of horror-punk’s ability to be taken seriously is that it takes menacing imagery that may have lost its potency and makes it sound horrifying and threatening - without altering the B-movie inspiration. Darkwing seems to have learned this important lesson on their latest single “Ignorant Ghost”, an anxious and ethereal grunge anthem. Vocals slathered in echo drone on about a relationship souring as pummeling drums implode. Leather jackets and smoking weed in bed are more in tune with stoner rock ideals, but the imagery of ghosting--ditching a relationship without a response and transforming into a literal specter--is amusing at first and haunting after repeated listens. The distressed energy of the songs is stretched ad infinitum during the instrumental bridge, where the guitar and bass interplay between Sharif Mekawy and Richard Rodgers feels like industrial machinery reaching its breaking point. Darkwing’s take on relationship death could have quickly become a joke song with a title like “Ignorant Ghost”, but it’s the atmosphere and sounds the band crafts surrounding these motifs that make it a unique blend of horror punk and grunge angst. You can stream the single below and catch the band playing at Alphaville on July 28. -Tucker Pennington


Big Bliss, Fruit & Flowers, Darkwing + More Play Oh My Rockness "Hardest Working NYC Bands of 2017" Event at Baby's All Right on 2.02

As a followup to their article "New York City's Hardest-Working Bands of 2017," indie music site Oh My Rockness will be hosting a concert in which 6 of the 10 bands that made the list will be performing. Headlining the event will be the group that earned the no. 1 spot, post-punk jangle rockers Big Bliss, with support coming from Fruit & Flowers, Darkwing, Sic Tic, Grim Streaker, and Thick. The show will take place at the venue Baby's All Right, and will be 21+ with tickets going for $10. - Alexander Beebe

Darkwing unveils new lo-fi track + performs at at Baby's on 10.18

Darkwing’s music exists in the weird crossroads of lo-fi indie rock and garage-fueled punk, an intersection featuring catchy hooks and the dankest of memes for street signs. This is the self-aware punk of the Cyber Age, the soundtrack for stoned conversations after a night of longboarding. The Deli is excited to premiere their newest single, “Big Red Heart.” It offers a more subdued and intimate experience than previous work (a result of a Tascam 388 and a living room recording) while still preserving the same attitude. Celebrate with the band at Baby’s All Right on 10.18, a benefit show for fellow scene member Chelsey Pickthorn also featuring Fruit & Flowers, Grim Streaker and Hot Curl. --Amanda Ogea, photo by Thomas Ignatius


Darkwing - Lameonia - a 2015 EP worth looking back on

We recently stumbled upon music by New Jersey’s Darkwing, a post-grunge band from Leonia. Their 2015 EP, revealingly titled 'Lameonia,' is a fun, fast-paced record filled with fast paced rock'n'roll anthems. The distorted sound of the guitars, vocals, and drums (like on the opening track “201 Carousel,” streaming below) would make it a perfect soundtrack for a Tony Hawk game. The nostalgic late '90s early '00s sound is distingushed by solid songwriting chops and an attitude that, refreshingly, is not that slacking. Check out the EP below and keep an eye on their live schedule. - Pearse Devlin


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