My Dark Life
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My Dark Life

Jacksonville, Florida, United States | SELF

Jacksonville, Florida, United States | SELF
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Stay Down EP



My Dark Life originally came together in early part of 2010 as A Selfless Lot. Shortly into the year, the group lost a singer and decided to soldier on as a trio with a new name. After that, the band spent several months holed up in their small practice space and worked tirelessly on new material.

The music that emerged sounds like you would expect. Cramped and dense, yet yearning for space that sneaks out in unexpected ways. After playing a handful of local shows, the band set to recording a demo at their home using what meager recording equipment they had at their disposal.

The result was the three song demo EP called "Stay Down." Recorded and mixed in less than a week, the demo is not afraid to show it's rough edges, with the band taking a "warts and all" approach to the sessions.

"None of us wanted to try and do something perfect and polished, especially for our first demo," says singer/guitarist Chris (something), who is joined in the band by bassist / vocalist Cassandra Cowles and drummer / vocalist James McMurray. "This was the time we could get away with having a sort of rough and tumble recording, and we all really wanted to embrace that."

Recorded mostly in one takes with only a minimal amount of overdubs, the demo is raw but satisfying. Opener track "31 Year Plan" starts off with a jangly guitar that quickly sets off on a brisk pace before slowing down to a mournful plea that "I'd rather you just live."

In "Exhibit A", the guitar takes a backseat as the bass and drum show off their interplay amidst jangly guitars and haunting group vocals before devolving into a massive noise freak out.

Final song "Old Bones" begins quietly, but it's a red herring, as the drums and bass kick in and raise the volume and the feel of the song to another level.

Now, with their demo done and a few shows under their belts, the band is ready to push on to new things, most notable playing as many shows as possible and finishing up more songs for their first album.