EP: Dark Sky Park – Follow Me
January 8th, 2016
After their inception during a holiday in Tenerife, Dark Sky Park began writing EPs that drew from all of their favourite artists. After releasing a few EPs, the band have arrived at this point in time where ‘Follow Me’ will be released.
Opener and title-track ‘Follow Me’ kicks the five-track EP off in a spectacularly robotic fashion. The drums are shoved to the back of the mix and have absolutely no life to them whatsoever, which pretty much accounts for the rest of the instruments. The glam rock stomp it tries to imitate become a sludge similar to something a high school student band would record in a less than two hours.
Hearing influences of the hard rock bands of the 60s and 70s such as Deep Purple being combined with feign attempts to take pieces of inspiration from Queens Of The Stone Age, the music doesn’t house much energy or life. Seeing what the band are trying to achieve with these songs, and most of the others on ‘Follow Me’, it really does not come anywhere near the mark.
‘Lonely Girl’ and ‘Stand My Ground’ fail to pick up any remaining hopes for this EP as they dash them with more underwhelming pub rock. While the band strive to create harmonies, they’re not powerful enough to break through the wall of thick distorted guitar which dominates throughout the EP. This is what takes up most of the mix on the EP along with the vocals, which is not always a good thing. The vocals don’t suit the music that is being played because they just aren’t delivered with enough power to make the music interesting or stand out from other artists.
While the positive points are few and far between, there are some. The guitar tones do have occasional moments where they’re able to shine through, particularly on the solos that the record is filed with. The title-track has a solo that soars up and down through the mid-section, giving the track a mild sense of energy, something similarly seen on ‘Marty Feldmen’s Eyes’.
Written by Ewan MacDonald