Dark Mean: Happy Banjo

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At first glance, everything seems so simple for Hamilton, Ontario’s Dark Mean. Song titles appear from the stream of consciousness, melodies conjure up feelings of timelessness, and the band members work without defined roles or limitations. The music unfolds with ease, but behind this shroud of effortlessness resides a layer of complexity that truly unveils their ability to carve out a distinct sound.

Their first EP frankencottage saw Dark Mean succeed in exploring their disparate harmonious objectives to critical and personal reward. This February their second wondrous offering music box scattered into public view, expanding on these established themes. Songs from both records will collectively help form their first LP The Constant K Determines the Ultimate Fate of the Universe later on. The title acts as homage to playwright Rebecca Nada-Rajah’s production, which was the original inspiration for the formation of Dark Mean.

Since composing the soundtrack to Rebecca’s play the members of Dark Mean have frequently found themselves living in different continents, communicating through the wonders of technology and converging periodically at their home base at Vibewrangler Recording Studio in Hamilton. This slight wrinkle in their obstacle course does not deter them or cause worry, as they know once they are brought back together it’s all going to seem so easy. [bio]

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