DARKO Announces ‘SPARKLE’ EP Out October 21 New Single “Cruel To Be” Out Now.
DARKO invites listeners to get angry with a cutting new single ‘Cruel To Be’; a scalding attack on the “#BeKind” movement and influential online culture war ‘bullies’.
Tom West Vocals Rob Piper Guitar / Backing Vocals Chris Brown Guitar / Backing Vocals Karl Sursham Bass / Backing Vocals Andy Borg Drums
DARKO has pulled few punches since West – previously of Almeida – was unveiled as the band’s new vocalist, replacing Dan Smith who fronted the band from 2010 to 2020. Recently the band has made headlines for calling for a cull of misogynists within the punk rock community in ‘The Ladder’, and a misanthropic attack on selfishness in COVID-era Britain in ‘AUX’.
The theme of standing up to structural injustice endures here, with barbs such as “Be kind all you like, but does it nullify their cruel, barbaric policies?”
Alongside being perhaps the most provocative offering, this third single from the upcoming EP ‘SPARKLE’ is DARKO’s most sonically unconventional release to date. Longtime fans of the skate punk stalwarts are bound to have strong opinions about the departure of their signature double-time drum assault, in favour of explosive post-hardcore sensibilities, funk-influenced bass licks, and stadium-rock choruses taking the band’s sound to bold, unchartered territory.
SPARKLE will be available digitally, on 4-panel wallet CD and colored 12″ vinyl EP cut at 45 RPM.
Cruel To Be
All songs written by DARKO
EP Produced and Mastered by Will Duff at Goliath Sound Studios
Drums Recorded by Daly George at The Ranch
Drums Edited by Charlie Munro at Munro Audio
Extra Vocals in The Ladder by Katz Hinsley, from Follow You Dreams
EP Artwork by Helena Smyth AlphineAyita
‘Cruel to Be’ is available now on all digital platforms, with ‘SPARKLE’ set for release via Lockjaw (EU) and Thousand Island Records (CA) this Autumn.