"The gloom and psych of The Doors and Velvet Underground, the modern gothic of The Horrors, and the rock and roll intensity of The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Stooges and The Black Angels... Copenhagen’s best new band." - The Line Of Best Fit
"'Dead Stars' displays more than a touch of Krautrock's more deviant side... the track soars off into the outer reaches of the consciousness." - Clash
Shiny Darkly are a young rock 'n' roll trio from Copenhagen, Denmark.
Their music evokes not just the classic sound of bands like Joy Division, Suicide and The Jesus & Mary Chain, but also the modern gothic of bands like Horrors, BRMC and Savages. With a rare intensity in the laconic vocal delivery of Kristoffer Bech, and a swirling, piercing guitar sound, their electric racket stands out as something very special.
Their preturnaturally full-formed debut EP (Listen on Spotify) came out last year on 12" vinyl and digital formats, and saw them quickly gather devoted cult audiences both in Denmark and in the UK, which holds a special place in the band's heart. They visited London several times for packed out shows at Disorder, Crunchy Club, and The Old Blue Last, picking up praise from Xfm's John Kennedy, as well as a Resonance FM radio session and coverage from Clash, Artrocker, The Line Of Best Fit and a host of blogs and websites.
Their debut LP, "Little Earth", was recently completed. "We have been busy this late summer and fall recording," says Bech. "We went to these two great studios in Malmö – Gula Studion and Tambourine Studios – and had some good and intense days there. After the recordings, we went to Berlin to mix the record at Kaiku Studios, who’ve done work with bands like Moon Duo and The Handsome Furs."
"Dead Stars" is the first cut to be available from the sessions, premiering on Clash and The Reykjavík Grapevine earlier today. A 9.5 minute opus, it climaxes with a searing two-minute burst of noise. Hardly a traditional radio single, but indicative of the spine-tingling quality Shiny Darkly possess. It will be released on a limited edition 12", accompanied by two non-album tracks from the "Little Earth" sessions, on November 11th.
As the label say: "Shiny Darkly create a crackling, high-voltage, narcotic universe you'll never want to leave."
Shiny Darkly play Iceland AIrwaves this week at the follow places:
31/10 Bar 11, 20.30
01/11 Nordic House, 15.00 (acoustic)
01/11 Kvosin – Hotel. 16.00
02/11 12 Tónar Harpa, 14.45
02/11 Loft Hostel, 17.00
03/11 Lucky Records. 16.00