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.