Darker My Love
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|Darker My Love|
Darker My Love - Live in Concert 2009
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genres||Rock, psychedelic rock, shoegazing|
|Years active||2004–Present (status unknown)|
|Associated acts||The Nerve Agents, The Distillers, The Fall, The Strange Boys, White Fence|
|Website||Darker My Dudes Blog|
|Past members||Andy Granelli|
Darker My Love is a psychedelic rock band based in Los Angeles, California. The guitarist/vocalist Tim Presley, a former member of the hardcore punk band The Nerve Agents, formed the band in 2004 with the drummer and Nerve Agents bandmate Andy Granelli, also of The Distillers. They were joined shortly thereafter by bass guitarist Rob Barbato, who shares songwriting and vocals with Presley, and rhythm guitarist Jared "The Sandwich" Everett. Will Canzoneri joined the band on organ and clavinet in the latter half of 2006. The band has released three LPs and one EP. Presley is also a visual artist responsible for much of the band's imagery.
The band's name was derived from a T.S.O.L. song of the same name.
Originally signed to Tarantulas Records, Darker My Love released its first EP in 2004. Their first LP, recorded in 2005, was released on August 22, 2006, on Dangerbird Records. In spring 2006, Presley and Barbato became members of the prolific British post-punk group The Fall, and both are prominent on The Fall's 2007 album Reformation Post TLC, whose title refers to the circumstances surrounding their addition. On August 28, 2007, the band released a 12-inch 45 rpm split record with the Denver-based rock group, Moccasin, with the song "Hair Decisions". The record was the first release on the Los Angeles label I Hate Rock N Roll.
The second Darker My Love album, 2, was released on Dangerbird Records on August 5, 2008. Several songs from the album gained prominence through licensing in television, commercials and video games; "Blue Day" is used on Guitar Hero 5 and NHL 2K10, "Waves" is used in Midnight Club: Los Angeles, and "Two Ways Out" is used in MLB 09: The Show and Tony Hawk: Ride.
In 2009, Granelli left the band and was replaced by a rotating cast of drummers until the band eventually settled on longtime Brian Jonestown Massacre drummer Dan Allaire. That year, they released another split record on I Hate Rock N Roll, this time a 7" with Audacity. The band's third LP, recorded in Northern California in January 2010 and entitled Alive As You Are, was released on July 26, 2010, in the UK and August 17, 2010, in North America.
Darker My Love has toured with acts including The Distillers, Heavens, The Warlocks, Asobi Seksu, The Dandy Warhols, The Strange Boys, A Place To Bury Strangers, White Lies, Band of Horses and Delta Spirit.
Presley has released five LPs under the name White Fence, beginning with a release titled White Fence in February 2010. It was followed, in 2011, by Is Growing Faith. There were three releases in 2012: Family Perfume Vol. 1, Family Perfume Vol. 2 and a collaboration with Ty Segall, Hair, and Cyclops Reap in 2013.
- Tim Presley – guitar/vocals (2004–present)
- Rob Barbato – bass/vocals (2004–present)
- Jared Everett – guitar (2004–present)
- Will Canzoneri – organ/clavinet (2006–present)
- Dan Allaire – drums (2009–present)
- Andy Granelli – drums (2004–2009)
- Darker My Love EP (2004, Tarantulas Records)
- Darker My Love (2006, Dangerbird Records)
- 2 (2008, Dangerbird Records)
- Alive As You Are (2010, Dangerbird Records)
- Darker My Love/Moccasin Split 12" (2007, I Hate Rock N Roll Records)
- Darker My Love/Audacity Split 7" (2009, I Hate Rock N Roll Records)
- "Summer Is Here" (2005)
- "Two Ways Out" (2008)
- "Blue Day" (2009)
- "2K Beats: NHL 2K10". 2K Sports. Archived from the original on November 19, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
- August 2008 Interview with L.A. Record
- Podcast of Darker My Love live at the Troubadour, 8.07.08
- Interview with Tim Presley