Five Questions With Darker Still

We were able to have a little chat with Orillia, ON based rock band, Darker Still recently. Find out about their writing style, upcoming shows and more in our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Darker Still is a rock band from Orillia,  Ontario. We’ve been together for about 5 years or so. The core members of the band are Tony Bertucci (vocals), Quinn Lockman  (bass) and Patrick Lockman (guitar). Sometimes we have a second guitar but currently we’re going with just the one. Our drummer situation is fluid lol. We seem to use a different drummer for almost every show.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style?  

Our style is a true mixture of everything we all enjoy, with each person adding their own ingredients to the stew. Old school rock, 90’s rock, modern rock and a little bluesy feel tossed in there for good measure. When it comes to writing songs, we have no real formula or set method. Some songs are written entirely by one person, some by two of us and some are full collaborations. No song is ever brought to the band carved in stone. We are all free to suggest and critique so as to make each one as good  as we can get it. We will often do a very rough recording so that we can hear what we’ve got and listen for possible improvements and to hear how the sections flow.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

At the moment we have no set tour dates , however, we will be booking college and university shows in the new year. Our live performance is a  true rock show. Fat guitar, thundering bass and big vocals. You’ll hear heavy riff songs as well as some acoustic tunes . Occasionally we will do an entire acoustic set with no drums at all. We try to be like rock bands used to be, a little bit of everything.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

Tony – The song I would recommend without a doubt would “I Had It All”. I’ve always enjoyed playing that song and the vocals really allow me to let loose. I really like the story behind that song as well. When we were writing the lyrics for that song we had the idea of a man selling his soul to get everything he ever wanted,  no matter the cost. Then everything he gets is taken away and he’s left with nothing.  It’s a bit of a ” Be careful what you wish for ” story.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists? 

Tony – My favourite Canadian band for a long time now would have to be Finger Eleven. I’ve been listening to those guys since their album “Greyest of Blue Skies”. I remember hearing the song Drag You Down on much Music and loving the intensity of it. They’ve come a long way and have adapted and changed and I’ve always enjoyed the music they put out. They’ve definitely helped shape the musician I’ve become.

Quinn – I would have to go with Big Wreck. My reason is one word “Albatross”. That song pulled me straight into an HMV where I bought the album. That was the first modern album I felt the need to suggest to Patrick that he listen to it. There are haunting moments on that album where I still feel like I did the first time I heard it. Ian Thornley has a unique phrasing and melody structure in this song that I find compelling. Their songs developed in a refreshing way that is never quite what you expect. A great vocalist backed by a great band.

Patrick – My favourite Canadian band right now is definitely Monster Truck. I absolutely love the huge, driving sound they’ve got. I’ve always really liked heavy riff rock like Sabbath, Deep Purple and Blackfoot, and Monster Truck has that going on big time. Awesome rock vocals, wicked guitar tone and just really everything I like about rock music. Truly an underrated band.

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