Local Sounds: The wild men of Dark Seas

Dark Seas makes you feel like a flower child.

Autumn Thatcher Athatcher@nowsaltlake.com

Published May 23rd 2012 6:43 pm



It has been nearly two years since the five members of Dark Seas began making music together. Since their formation, they released a demo last year and are currently putting together a new album.

The music of Dark Seas is like a little time machine, transporting you back into the '60s where drugs ruled much of the music scene and for the most part audience members where okay with it. Kyle Wilcox, lead vocalist, has a voice that is reminiscent of Jim Morrison, which is definitely not a bad thing. The group boasts psychedelic rock tunes that encourage you to join their private party. Whether alcohol and drugs are your thing or not, Dark Seas will make sure that have a good time at their shows.

We talk to Kyle Wilcox and bass player Irvin Martinez about the band, what they have coming up, why you should check them out, and why you may not want to stand too close to the stage at a live show.

How did you come up with the band name?

Kyle • We started off as a Joy Division cover band and only played two shows under the name "Third Reich." After we started playing our own songs we wanted to come up with a different name. One day after practice we all threw out ideas and Rhett said that he always thought the name "Dark Seas" was pretty catchy and sounded rad. We all agreed right then and there that would be the new name.

How would you describe the music of Dark Seas?

Irvin • We like to think its definitely "skate rock." If you skate then you know what we're talking about. It's just good old psychedelic rock "n" roll that keeps you awake, movin' and groovin'.

What makes Dark Seas different from other local bands?

Kyle • We're really bad at selling merchandise because every time we play shows we're pretty drunk and just end up giving away the CDs and/or T-shirts.

Do you have any albums out?

Kyle • We came out with a demo back in November of 2011. We haven't made anymore copies because a lot has changed since then. We added/lost guitar players, etc. If you want to hear it, you can download it for free at reverbnation.com/darkseas. We are currently in the process of recording a new album with Kent Rigby at Midnight Records. We are shooting to release it by the end of summer.

What opportunities have you had as a result of your music?

Kyle • We've had the opportunity to play with great bands such as The Entrance Band, Sleepy Sun, Max Pain and The Groovies, Spell Talk, Dirty Blonde, The Rugs and Red Dog Revival. We also had the chance to play with Spindrift in Denver and Boise, which was a great experience. Basically, we've gotten to meet and party with a ton of rad people that we would have probably never met if we didn't start a band.

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It has been nearly two years since the five members of Dark Seas began making music together. Since their formation, they released a demo last year and are currently putting together a new album.

The music of Dark Seas is like a little time machine, transporting you back into the '60s where drugs ruled much of the music scene and for the most part audience members where okay with it. Kyle Wilcox, lead vocalist, has a voice that is reminiscent of Jim Morrison, which is definitely not a bad thing. The group boasts psychedelic rock tunes that encourage you to join their private party. Whether alcohol and drugs are your thing or not, Dark Seas will make sure that have a good time at their shows.

We talk to Kyle Wilcox and bass player Irvin Martinez about the band, what they have coming up, why you should check them out, and why you may not want to stand too close to the stage at a live show.

How did you come up with the band name?

Kyle • We started off as a Joy Division cover band and only played two shows under the name "Third Reich." After we started playing our own songs we wanted to come up with a different name. One day after practice we all threw out ideas and Rhett said that he always thought the name "Dark Seas" was pretty catchy and sounded rad. We all agreed right then and there that would be the new name.

How would you describe the music of Dark Seas?

Irvin • We like to think its definitely "skate rock." If you skate then you know what we're talking about. It's just good old psychedelic rock "n" roll that keeps you awake, movin' and groovin'.

What makes Dark Seas different from other local bands?

Kyle • We're really bad at selling merchandise because every time we play shows we're pretty drunk and just end up giving away the CDs and/or T-shirts.

Do you have any albums out?

Kyle • We came out with a demo back in November of 2011. We haven't made anymore copies because a lot has changed since then. We added/lost guitar players, etc. If you want to hear it, you can download it for free at reverbnation.com/darkseas. We are currently in the process of recording a new album with Kent Rigby at Midnight Records. We are shooting to release it by the end of summer.

What opportunities have you had as a result of your music?

Kyle • We've had the opportunity to play with great bands such as The Entrance Band, Sleepy Sun, Max Pain and The Groovies, Spell Talk, Dirty Blonde, The Rugs and Red Dog Revival. We also had the chance to play with Spindrift in Denver and Boise, which was a great experience. Basically, we've gotten to meet and party with a ton of rad people that we would have probably never met if we didn't start a band. [2] =>

What inspires your music?

Irvin • Our friends. We love them so much and wanna make sure they always have a reason to party. Skateboarding plays a huge role, too. All of us in the band skate or have skated at one point in our lives. If we're not out skating, then we at least want to be making music for the scene. And a lot of the old psych rock bands in the past. You can't let the flame burn out. You have to keep rock 'n' roll alive!

Why would you encourage people to check out your music?

Irvin • Some people can definitely relate to the music, especially the wild ones out there who are just looking for a reason to party and raise hell. Or those who just love to skate and huck their carcasses down a handrail or stair set.

How would you describe a Dark Seas live show?

Irvin • They're very unpredictable: making out with guys on stage, puking during the set, jumping on amps, trippy sounds, fog machines, lights... beer showers! If you're in the front row, you'll be leaving smelling like beer and a good time even if you haven't drank. That's because Kyle chugs like 12 beers during the set while he's on stage and shares the love with the crowd.

What do you see for the future of Dark Seas?

Kyle • We just wanna keep making tunes that hopefully people will enjoy. We are also in the process of booking a tour for summer, around the West Coast.

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You Should Go: Dark Seas

The band includes Kyle Wilcox (vocals), Irvin Martinez (bass), Holland Redd (guitar), Rhett “Michaels” Hansen (drums) and Dylan Roe (guitar, pedal steel)

Web • reverbnation.com/darkseas.