Dark Blue: Start Of The World


Release Date: 11-04-2016

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Dark Blue: Start Of The World

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2016 release. Dark Blue follows up their debut Pure Reality with Start Of The World-a soundtrack of a decaying United States. Each song drips with the reality of atrocities happening all around us. John Sharkey III (vocals, guitar) pushes the band far beyond the post-punk-meets-oi sound they perfected on their earlier releases, and adds elements of Britpop and shoegaze. Recorded by Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, Nothing), this pop album makes no apologies. Boot-stomping opener "Union of Buffoons" sets the political tone with an anthem for workers' rights, the biting lyrics referring to human expendability in the face of deregulation and stagnancy of labor rights. "Bombs on the Beach" evokes a playful innocence with '50s doo-wop and surf rock, but the lyrics tear through any cheerfulness and describe the dropping of missiles on a beach of unsuspecting Palestinian children. Other tracks such as "Be Gone Everyone" and "Western Front" highlight the solid rhythm section of Michael Sneeriger (drums, Strand of Oaks) and Andrew Mackie Nelson (bass, Ceremony). Start Of The World is the kind of record that the band has always promised: a collection of smart, fully realized songs that tell stories. With the world falling apart around us, Dark Blue continues to give a voice to neglected perspectives, many which are unnerving but necessary to hear.

  1. Jephtha HWV 70 Act 1: "Some Dire Event Hangs O'er Our Heads Scenes of Horror Scenes of Woe" (Storge)
  2. Andromaca Act 1: "Prendi Quel Ferro O Barbaro!" (Andromaca)
  3. Giulio Cesare HWV 17 Act 1: "Vani Sono I Lamenti... Svegliatevi Nel Core" (Sesto)
  4. The Indian Queen Z. 630 Act 3: "They Tell Us That You Mighty Powers Above" (Orazia)
  5. Giulio Cesare HWV 17 Act 1: "Figlio Non E Cara Speme" (Sesto)
  6. Agrippina HWV 6 Act 2: "Pensieri Voi Mi Tormentate" (Agrippina)
  7. Dido and Aeneas Z. 626 Act 3: "Thy Hand Belinda... When I Am Laid in Earth" (Dido)
  8. Rinaldo HWV 7 Act 2: "Lascia Ch'io Pianga" (Almirena)
  9. Bonduca or the British Heroine Z. 574: "Oh! Lead Me to Some Peaceful Gloom" (Bonvica)
  10. Rinaldo HWV 7 Act 1: "Augelletti Che Cantate" (Almirena)
  11. Attilio Regolo Act 2: "Sprezza Il Furor Del Vento" (Regolo)
  12. The Indian Queen Z. 630 Prologue: "Why Should Men Quarrel?" (Girl)
  13. Attilio Regolo Act 1: "Par Che Di Giubilo" (Attilia)
  14. Susanna HWV 66 Act 2: "Lead Me Oh Lead Me to Some Cool Retreat... Crystal Streams in Murmurs Flowing" (Susanna)
  15. Il Ritorno D'ulisse in Patria Act 5: "Illustratevi O Cieli" (Penelope)
  16. Giulio Cesare HWV 17 Act 3: "Da Tempeste Il Legno Infranto" (Cleopatra)

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