Beware of Darkness (band)

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Beware of Darkness
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Beware of Darkness, as support act to The Smashing Pumpkins, 2013
Background information
Origin Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Genres
Years active 2010–present
Labels Bright Antenna
Website bewareofdarknessmusic.com
Members
  • Kyle Nicolaides
  • Daniel Curcio
  • Lionel Forrester Jr.
Past members
  • Tony Cupito

Beware of Darkness is an American rock band consisting of vocalist/guitarist Kyle Nicolaides, bassist Daniel Curcio, and drummer Lionel Forrester Jr. Their debut album, Orthodox was released May 7, 2013. Their second album Are You Real? was released on September 16, 2016.[1][2]

History[edit]

2001–2011: Early years[edit]

Beware of Darkness, named after George Harrison's 1970 song "Beware of Darkness,"[3] formed in 2010 after Kyle Nicolaides met Tony Cupito at one of Kyle's acoustic solo shows in downtown Los Angeles at an RnB club called First and Hope. The two began playing shows with various bass players until they met Daniel Curcio, who was visiting Santa Monica after finding out he had a long lost half brother living there. Their first show was at the Roxy Theatre in LA. Not long after solidifying the lineup, they signed a record deal with Bright Antenna Records and began opening up shows for rock legends such as Social Distortion as well as touring with indie act The Wombats.[4]

2012–2014: Orthodox[edit]

In 2012, Beware of Darkness were asked to open for Tegan and Sara, Stone Temple Pilots, Bush, Deftones and played at the 2012 SXSW Festival.[5][6][7] They recorded their debut record Orthodox in Fall 2012 at Eagle Rock Studios, The Village Recorder, The Sound Factory, Hillside Studios and the Valley Recording Company.

Four lyric videos for the tracks included on the band's initial Howl EP were released April 16, 2012 on the website of American Songwriter.[8] The music video for the band's debut single "Howl" premiered on September 14, 2012 on Fuse.[9]

The band's debut record, entitled Orthodox, was released on May 7, 2013 in the United States[10] and was executive produced by Dave Sardy (LCD Soundsystem, Oasis, Band of Horses, NIN, Rage Against The Machine, Gorillaz, Jay-Z, White Denim).

In 2013 after playing at SXSW,[11] Beware of Darkness toured the UK for the 1st time which included an appearance at the famed Reading and Leeds Festival[12] and a tour across Europe as main support for The Smashing Pumpkins[13] The band have performed at several radio festivals and shows with Cage The Elephant, Alice in Chains, AWOLNATION, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Soundgarden and Jane's Addiction. In August 2013, they were nominated by the UK's Classic Rock Magazine for "Best New Band" along with Deap Vally and Walking Papers.[14]

The band's song "Howl" has been featured in the video game soundtracks of Saints Row IV, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, EA Sports UFC and Gran Turismo. The song has been featured in several television and movie projects including Stephen King's Under the Dome, Red 2, Monday Night Football and Nitro Circus 3D. On May 15, 2013 the band performed "Howl" live on Conan.[15]

The video of the band's second single "All Who Remain" was premiered by Rolling Stone on December 24, 2013[16] and has appeared in NBC's Parenthood.

2015–present: Are You real?[edit]

The band started recording their second studio album in fall of 2015. The band recorded 100 songs during the recording process of Are You Real. The album was released on September 16, 2016.[17]

Musical style[edit]

Beware of Darkness has been described as alternative rock,[18][19][20][21][22][23] blues rock,[24][25][26][27] garage rock,[28][29][30] hard rock,[31][32] and indie rock.[33]

Band members[edit]

Current members

  • Kyle Nicolaides – lead vocals, lead guitar (2010–present)
  • Daniel Curcio – bass (2010–present)
  • Lionel Forrester Jr. – drums, percussion (2017–present)

Former members

  • Tony Cupito - drums, percussion (2010–2017)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of studio albums
Title EP details
Orthodox[34]
  • Released: May 7, 2013
  • Label: Bright Antenna
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Are You Real?[35]
  • Released: September 16, 2016
  • Label: Bright Antenna
  • Formats: CD, digital ddownload

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title EP details
Howl EP[36]
  • Released: April 17, 2012
  • Label: Bright Antenna
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Sanctuary Season[37]
  • Released: February 10, 2015
  • Label: Bright Antenna
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Singles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beware Of Darkness announce ‘Are You Real?’ LP release details". June 27, 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  2. ^ "BEWARE OF DARKNESS RELEASE DATE AND TRACK LIST FOR ARE YOU REAL?". June 29, 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  3. ^ Schlansky, Evan (16 April 2012). "Watch Four Lyric Videos from Beware of Darkness". American Songwriter. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Spotlight on Beware of Darkness The Santa Barbara Independent". Independent.com. 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  5. ^ "After Shock Festival". 
  6. ^ "KJEE WINTER ROUND UP". 
  7. ^ "Beware of Darkness Bio at SXSW's Website". Feb 14, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  8. ^ "Howl Lyric Videos @ American Songwriter". April 16, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
  9. ^ "Fuse TV World Premiere". 
  10. ^ "Contact Music Article w/ Orthodox Release Date". Feb 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  11. ^ "2013 SXSW Schedule". Feb 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  12. ^ "2013 Reading and Leeds Lineup on BBC". August 23, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  13. ^ "Beware of Darkness European Tour with The Smashing Pumpkins". April 19, 2013. Archived from the original on June 10, 2015. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  14. ^ "Classic Rock Mag Best New Band 2013 Nominations". December 19, 2013. Archived from the original on August 13, 2012. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  15. ^ "Beware of Darkness Performs "Howl" on Conan". May 5, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  16. ^ ""All Who Remain" Video Premiere on Rolling Stone". December 24, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  17. ^ "Beware of Darkness new album". 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  18. ^ "INTERVIEW – KYLE NICOLAIDES OF BEWARE OF DARKNESS". 
  19. ^ "KYLE NICOLAIDES OF BEWARE OF DARKNESS". 
  20. ^ "Beware of Darkness - Orthodox". 
  21. ^ "SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: BEWARE OF DARKNESS – ARE YOU REAL?". 
  22. ^ "INTERVIEW – KYLE NICOLAIDES OF BEWARE OF DARKNESS". 
  23. ^ "Beware of Darkness". 
  24. ^ "Album Review: Beware Of Darkness - Are You Real?". 
  25. ^ "Beware of Darkness - Orthodox". 
  26. ^ "Exclusive video lesson: Beware Of Darkness' Howl". 
  27. ^ "Album Review: Beware Of Darkness - Are You Real?". 
  28. ^ "INTERVIEW – KYLE NICOLAIDES OF BEWARE OF DARKNESS". 
  29. ^ "KYLE NICOLAIDES OF BEWARE OF DARKNESS". 
  30. ^ "Beware of Darkness - Orthodox". 
  31. ^ "BEWARE OF DARKNESS NEW ALBUM 'ARE YOU REAL?' BRIGHT ANTENNA RECORDS". 
  32. ^ "INTERVIEW – KYLE NICOLAIDES OF BEWARE OF DARKNESS". 
  33. ^ "Beware of Darkness Sink Hooks Into 'All Who Remain' - Premiere". 
  34. ^ "Orthodox Album on iTunes". April 4, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  35. ^ "Beware Of Darkness announce ‘Are You Real?’ LP release details". June 27, 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  36. ^ "Beware of Darkness". 
  37. ^ "Beware Of Darkness Sanctuary Season". 2016. Retrieved September 11, 2016. 

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