Formed in 1988, deardarkhead are a trio based in the Atlantic City, New Jersey area consisting of: guitarist Kevin Harrington, drummer Robert Weiss and bassist Kevin McCauley, who came on board during the fall of 2010 after the departure of longtime singer/bassist Michael Amper. Currently they are performing all instrumental shows but are seeking the right person to take over on vocals. The band takes its name from an Irish poem by Sir Samuel Ferguson "Cean Dubh Dilis" (1867) about a beautiful girl with black hair.
The group’s sound is openly and proudly Anglophilic, combining both elements of the blissout shoegazer scene and a slightly older vein of post-punk guitar experimentalism, making a rich combination between the two influences. Words like atmospheric, ethereal and dreampop are often used to describe their original guitar driven, psychedelic storm of sound that balances moody textures and shimmering melodies.
They have played with the likes of Supergrass, The Psychedelic Furs, Everclear and The Lilys, to name a few.
deardarkhead has released five recordings, since forming, on their own Fertile Crescent Records label. Their music has also appeared on various indie compilations from the USA and Japan and can be purchased online via the iTunes store. Captured Tracks released a retrospective of their early material called Oceanside: 1991-1993 as the second contribution to their Shoegaze Archives series at the end of 2011.
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