dark room

dark room

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Biography

"NYC's newest (and definitely sexiest band), Dark Room...Best shit I've heard in a while!"
--MyOpenBar.com

Dark Room formed as a way for three friends (Janice Cruz (aka JC), guitar/vocals, Jen Brooks, bass and Rich Bloom, drums) in NYC to try to forget about the sweltering heat from the summer of 2005. The music didn't make them forget the heat but, rather, that oppressive HEAT provided a gritty, aggressive and kinetic atmosphere that provoked their dangerously contagious sound today. There was never any intent beyond that hot little room. But destiny had a different plan.

The three spent the next year or so writing and learning their instruments and honing what would be dark room's audacious, straight forward, bring-you-to-your-knees sound. In January 2005, dark room recorded their 3 song demo (Tracked by JC, mixed my Joel Hamilton--Elvis Costello, Dub Trio, Tom Waits, The Cure and produced by David Wallace from The English Department) where the response spawned an immediate buzz on such blogs and websites as MyOpenBar.com, Rocktastic, BLENDER.COM, Jane Magazine and several others. The demo kicks off with the highly catchy track "New Boy" that flexes JC's velvety voice and the bands pop sensibility. The 2nd track, Shame some consider their signature song. It's dark, it's angry, it's aggressive and it's still catchy. The interaction between Jen's bass and JC's guitar parts in this song is a reoccurring theme for this band. The two instruments seem to play a game of cat and mouse in a manner that makes you want to drop everything and jump in with them. The 3rd track is the anthemic "Hand to Die". Many aspects of the band's talents are showcased in this song. From the multiple textures of JC's vocals, to the driving bass lines played by jen, grounded by the tasteful, aggressive sound of Rich's drums. You'll find yourself singing these songs when you don't even realize it. The songwriting is reminiscent of many contemporaries but you just can't put your finger on which ones, making them completely unique.

When you walk into Dark Room's live show, you are visually inundated by the two impressive towers of rock amazonia that are Jen and JC. With their unison rock riffs and choreographed moves reminiscent of rhythm sections like Atreyu and cock rock bands of the 80's, you are captivated by the mystique and strength conveyed by their presence. Dark Room is anchored by Rich's powerful rock bashing, holding your attention by sheer weight of his all out attack on the drums. Those who have seen this display become loyal followers. This buzz has brought them to full rooms at clubs like NYC's Mercury Lounge, Piano's, The Delancey, Crash Mansion, Trash and the list goes on...

"If this isn't your idea of a good time, then you are recently deceased. Our condolences"...
--BLENDER.COM

Lyrics

Shame

Written By: dark room

It's like a cancer under skin
Destroys your spins, suffocates your sin
You stand tall but your story's thin
Star wide-eyed don't know where to begin

It's like a time when you used to win
Now all you do is drink away the din
Come up for air, do it over again
Tell me I'm wrong then you'll do it again

I've buried deeper lies inside of you
I've seen your sins and they're beautiful and pitiful
I crumble everytime the watch hits nine,
I pray it won't hit nine

And I know it's a shame
How you'd die for this game
And I know it's a shame
I still tell me the same
It was all a losing game

It's like a plague running thru it's strain
Seduced by highs, penetrates the vain
You play hard in this shallow game
Procure the lies, sleeping with your stains

It's like a time when you lose your name
Extort the dime as you beg for fame
Come up for air do it over again
Tell me I'm wrong then you'll it again

I've buried deeper lies inside of you
I've seen your sins and they're beautiful and pitiful
I crumble every time the watch hits nine
I pray it won't hit nine

And I know it's a shame
How you'd die for this game
And I know it's a shame
I still tell me the same
There is no one left to blame

New Boy

Written By: dark room

As you sleep outside my door
I sit anxiously, what a frightful way to die
And as I sleep all by myself
Time is the devil
And your his high

Wake up, why do
You keep coming back for more
They make you sick
Time to settle up the score

As you sleep outside my door
I lay questioning my behavior from the night before
And as I sleep all by myself
Time is the devil
And you're his high

Wake up, why do
You keep coming back for more
They make you sick
Time to settle up the score
Hands up, break down
You were wrong the times before
Well I know what you said
And now we're heading for the door

Instrumental Bridge

Wake up, why do
You keep coming back for more
They make you sick
Time to settle up the score
Now you sit by
While the hand approaches four
Why can't you see
That all and everything is yours
Hands up, break down
You were wrong the times before
Well I know what you said
And now we're heading for the...

Hand To Die

Written By: dark room

Break break break our hearts cos we go hand in hand to die
We'll leave the years fro those thieves
As they'll move backwards (and we move) onwards

She will stop you
And we will top you
He will stop you
Just try and stop me

Break break break our hearts cos we go hand in hand to die
We'll leave the years fro those thieves
As they'll move backwards (and we move) onwards

Stop stop stop the knives cos we'll go hand in hand to die
We'll take the years with those thieves
As they move backwards...onwards

He will stop you
And we will top you
She will stop you
Just try and stop me

Your hopes are false and dead
Made up just in your head
Just lose what you call sense
Then we could start again

And when I stop to think
I can't believe that they
Destroyed these years
With their lies

Break break break our hearts cos we go hand in hand to die
We'll leave the years fro those thieves
As they'll move backwards (and we move) onwards

Stop stop stop the knives cos we'll go hand in hand to die
We'll take the years with those thieves
As they move backwards...onwards

They can our hearts cos we go hand in hand to die
We'll take the years fro those thieves
As they'll move backwards (and we move) onwards

Hand in hand we die
Hand in hand we die...

Set List

1. Thrill Kill
2. For The Dead
3. Hand To Die
4. Pretty Boy
5. For So Long
6. Alright
7. Sweet Revenge
8. New Boy
9. Shame

Our sets are approximately 35 mins and currently we do not do any covers.