DARKSIDE

Biography

DARKSIDE is the collaborative duo of guitarist Dave Harrington and electronic producer Nicolas Jaar. The two musicians have vastly different backgrounds, but over the course of several years of touring together they found common ground: DARKSIDE. Dave and Nico use each other as mediums, working on primal instinct and summoning a hybrid of electronic music and psychedelic rock with the kind of artistic depth and breadth for which the term “progressive” was coined. 

On October 8th 2013, DARKSIDE will unveil their debut full length, Psychic, to the world via Jaar’s own Other People label under license to Matador (US/Europe), Modular (Australia) and Hostess (Japan).

Nicolas Jaar came of age in New York City's underground minimal techno scene, releasing a string of unearthly dance singles that brought the then-18-year-old producer quick renown. Lushly textured and almost subversively slow, 2010's landmark Time for Us EP (Wolf + Lamb) and 2011's full-length Space Is Only Noise (Circus Company) dismantled and restructured dance music into heady new forms and garnered impressive reviews from both the electronic and rock press. He soon began weaving rock music into his own output, remixing acts like Grizzly Bear and Brian Eno and performing with a live band. 

Dave Harrington started out in New York City as a young bass player studying experimental jazz and sneaking into late-night jam sessions as a teenager. He eventually moved into composition and performance art, creating commissioned works for theater and film, directing a rendition of John Zorn's COBRA, and integrating lap steel, guitar, keyboard, and effects into his arsenal. After joining the Nicolas Jaar live band in 2011 on guitar and electronics, Harrington began experimenting with dance music, remixing and DJing. Eventually, Harrington and Jaar started experimenting in their studio, and DARKSIDE emerged.

DARKSIDE's Psychic is a watershed moment for the duo, a quantum leap forward from their 3-song debut, 2011's DARKSIDE EP (Clown & Sunset). Psychic is a ritualistic song cycle, exploring rock’s cosmic outer edges through the immersive, body-moving framework of 21st-century house and techno. Album opener “Golden Arrow” is a microcosm of the album entire, charting an 11-minute journey from the desert to the stars: The song begins as a barren landscape where organs and static crackle on the horizon. But as "Golden Arrow" builds toward its climax, guitars poke pointillistic patterns in the sky and the blackness rips open, revealing a lumbering sub-bass groove that rises out of the fissure. It's mesmerizing and immediate, desperate and triumphant—and it sounds like nothing either has made before. DARKSIDE aren't dancefloor producers taking a stab at rock music; nor are they a rock band paying homage to their new favorite techno 12-inches. They're deep listeners and creators of both who see little need for distinction between their favorite sounds. The result is Psychic, an album of uncompromising creative vision from two artists working at the peak of their powers.

News From The Matablog

THIS WEEKEND: PRIMAVERA SOUND 2014



We have not one, not two but SIX bands on the roster playing at Primavera Sound in Barcelona this weekend. Set times for all below, in CET.

Thursday, May 29th
Glasser 6:35-7:20pm, Pitchfork Stage
Majical Cloudz 8:55-9:45pm Pitchfork Stage
Queens of the Stone Age 11:00pm- 12:05am, Heineken Stage
Friday May 30th
Body/Head 8:45-9:45pm, Auditori Rockdelux Stage
Darkside 1:00-2:00am, Ray Ban Stage
Lee Ranaldo and The Dust 10:25-11:20pm, Vice Stage (streaming live here)
Familiar faces and sounds in the line-up include Spoon, Mogwai, The Mark Eitzel Ordeal and Cold Cave.

Darkside On WBEZ' "Sound Opinions"



Back in January, Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington of Darkside stopped by Sound Opinions (WBEZ91.5 Chicago) to  talk to Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk about how Darkside formed, the facts on the origin of the band name (involving a hotel room in Berlin, a fire hazard and The Big Lebowski), how three became two and much more. It's a great interview and you can stream or download the episode here.

"Paper Trails"


"Freak, Go Home"


Festival dates:

May

Friday 30 – Barcelona, NA – Primavera Sound Festival

June

Thursday 05 – Porto, TO – Optimus Primavera Sound
Sunday 22 – Hvar, AR – For Festival
Wednesday 25 – Athens, NS – Ejekt Festival
Thursday 26 – Maeseille, LE – Rock Island Festival

July

Thursday 03 – Gdynia, IA – Open’er Festival
Saturday 05 – Amsterdam, AM – Pitch Festival
Sunday 13 – Rotterdam, AM – North Sea Jazz Festival
Thursday 17 – Dour, UR – Dour Festival
Friday 25 – Nigata, TA – Fuji Rock Festival

August

Friday 08 – Helsinki, KI – Flow Festival
Saturday 09 – Olso, SO – Oya Festival
Sunday 10 – Skipton, ON – Beacons Festival
Friday 15 – London, ON – Jabberwocky
Sunday 17 – Budapest, ST – Sziget Festival
Wednesday 27 - Pula, Cr - Dimensions Festival
Friday 29 - Zurich, CH Openair Festival
September
Friday 05 Berlin, Ge - Berlin Festival
Saturday 06 Isle Of Wight, GB - Bestival
 

COACHELLA WEEKEND 2: QOTSA AND DARKSIDE THIS SATURDAY



If you are at the festival, but sure to catch Queens of the Stone Age tomorrow, April 19th, at 9:35pm PST on the Coachella Stage and DARKSIDE in the aptly-named Gobi tent after at 10:50pm PST. If you are anywhere but Indio this weekend, you can watch many performances (including QOTSA) on AXS TV here (please check local listings) or watch it on your computer at AXS.tv.

The full schedule for the festival can be found here and a map here.

Pictures from Coachella Weekend 1:





QOTSA Photo by: Kevin Winter

VIDEO : Darkside - Coachella, 4/12/14, Full Set

Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington of Darkside, played their Coachella debut Saturday night in the Gobi tent. Watch the full 48-minute set (featuring 5 songs from last year's Psychic) below:

COACHELLA WEEKEND 1: QOTSA AND DARKSIDE TONIGHT



The first weekend of Coachella 2014 is underway! Catch Queens of the Stone Age TONIGHT, April 12th, at 9:40pm PST on the Coachella Stage and then RUN over to Gobi to catch DARKSIDE at 10:50pm PST. Portions of the festival are streaming live on YouTube, including tonight's QOTSA set.

The full schedule for the festival can be found here and a map here.

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Tour Dates

  • August 2014
  • Fri - 8 Helsinki Flow Festival
  • Sat - 9 Olso Oya Festival
  • Sun - 10 Skipton Beacons Festival
  • Fri - 15 London Jabberwocky
  • Sun - 17 Budapest Sziget Festival
  • Wed - 27 Pula Dimensions Festival
  • Fri - 29 Zurich Openair Festival
  • September 2014
  • Fri - 5 Berlin Berlin Festival
  • Sat - 6 IsleOfWight Bestival