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""Rock Dust Light Star" - Jamiroquai and "Sick Society" The Dark Sinatras"

High-stepping into his best known role, on Jamiroquai’s well-worth-the-wait latest dance disc, Paul Turner reminds us that nothing makes four-on-the-floor funkier than a snaky bass line that adds tension to the groove providing a foil for the melody. Witness the octave-enhanced ostinato on “White Knuckle Ride,” the pick up mastery of “Smoke and Mirrors,” the precision gallop of “All Good in the Hood,” and the in-the-cracks fill fest “She’s a Fast Persuader.”

On the flipside, Turner goes medieval on his axe in the post-metal power trio The Dark Sinatras. Teamed with guitarist/vocalist Mark White and Drummer Ed Laubinger, the group’s ominous debut smacks of smart grooves and lyrics without being preachy, pretentious, or predictable. Dig the dual feels and slap break on “The Power of Tradition,” the broken 16ths that ground “Absolution” (in 7/4) and “Three Shades of Empty” and the walloping riff of “Optimus.” Paul, it’s safe to say, does it all.

Chris Jisi
- Bass Player Magazine

"The Dark Sinatras "Sick Society" Review"

Using the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti and his view on society as an insertion point into a journey of exploration into modern day society, The Dark Sinatras piece together a ominously rich jigsaw of an album with ‘Sick Society’

With the taut and tough opening riff of ‘The Cooler’ The Dark Sinatra’s are clearly considered in their approach and delivery, probing the dark corners with shades of Tool, even Therapy? The fine line of sanity and madness walked like a tightrope, there are even elements of Killing Joke. It’s a considered strangling of the human condition in its attempt to discover a truth.

There are a wealth of sounds brought forward by this three-piece on many levels, with a host of subtle instrumentation and some beautiful vocal nuances by Tallulah Rendell and at others, such as the weaving riff on ‘The Power of Tradition’ and its interplay of drums and bass showing the bands solidity.

It’s the almost gypsy jazz flavour that takes the sounds of songs like ‘Ten Inches’ and ‘The Sins of Ignorance’ in different directions, ensuring the listener is consistently challenged, constantly asking “Where is this going?”, “Where will it end?”. It’s that dangerous uncertainty that propels ‘Sick Society’, asking itself questions mid-song, mid-riff, reasoning with itself, unafraid to veer in a new direction. It’s both disconcerting and completely welcome.

The sonic knife attack of ‘Face to Face’ and ‘Of No Consequence’ provides points of contact, gripping moments that give you a thread to follow. With ‘Face to Face’ proving the perfect groove for Mark Whites vocals as he metaphorically holds his head and spits venom “I see a liar in a suit, he’s cHasing fleas and eating rhymes”.

Amidst this experimentation and introspection, when ‘Local Treason’ comes in, with its punk funk fighting, almost Bad Religion vibe it truly stings, the build-up near the conclusion illustrates just how well the three members lock as a musical unit.

Sick Society is meant to be listened to as a whole; the spoken word of ‘IPD’ with its ‘1984’ and ‘Clockwork Orange’ leanings, ‘Governing Body’s instrumental and ‘No Measure’s static descent into white noise experimentation, all aid the feel purported by the longer excursions, assuring the excellent ‘The Three Shades of Empty’ and the dark, sweeping ‘Ridiculous’ are entirely more effective.

‘Sick Society’ is a sonically rich and fertile album, balanced with moments of intensity, bleak outlook and experimentation, forcing you to ask and answer questions of yourself and the society you are in, which to truly enjoy must be experienced as a complete body of work.

Mark Cooper - Circle Pit TV, May 28, 2012

"Live Review: The Dark Sinatras @ Riffs Bar, Swindon UK"

There is something inherently pleasing about three-piece bands and therefore about The Dark Sinatras. It probably lies in the minimalism of instrumentation, three key instruments all playing necessary roles, a clean limbed, musical economy, no excess frippery, no spare parts, just the essential functionality of a machine where every piece has a vital role to play. Even considering their chosen genre, a sort of groove driven, heavy progressive rock, there is none of the pretension and flamboyance that is often associated with the dreaded p-word. This is more in the tradition of early Rush, or more latterly Muse, than the likes of Yes or Genesis.

Paul Turners ability to deliver bass grooves that are both hard as hell and melodically pleasing and the jazz-rock dexterity of drummer Ed Laubinger combine to make a wonderfully intricate set of rhythms and the perfect canvas for front man Mark White to paint spiky and Byzantine heavy guitar work upon. The result is a weave of music that runs from the beautifully complex to the concise and direct, explores the dynamics of light and shade and manages to fuse a number of genres into a very satisfactory musical package.

Like all my favourite bands, individual songs seem less important than the overall soundscaping that they create for the great and good gathered before them. At a turn it is ambitious without being grandiose, complex without being pretentious, direct without being dumb; both funky and aggressive, accessible and underground, dramatic and darkly atmospheric. In short, it’s great.

Tonight they were joined by Tallulah Rendell, normally found songbirding in a sort of Kate Bush meets Patti Smith style but here playing the full blown rock-chick with panache and energy, adding soaring vocals and background harmonic washes as the songs dictated.

Dark Sinatra’s are a band that take lots of familiar concepts and put them together in new and creative ways, but the defining factor for me was the rhythm section. It managed to move the music on from being just another four-four rock work out and turned it into something that metal fans, prog-rock afficionados and even those more into dance beats or funk would find appealing. Not bad for a school night out in the sticks.
The Green Man - Green Man Music

"Live Review: The Dark Sinatras @ The Old Vic Tunnels, London"

"...and they’re not the kind of group to send you home with choruses buzzing around your cranium. Instead they operate on a much deeper, slightly insidious level. I like them."

Dave Ling (Classic Rock Magazine - Dave's Diary)
Diary entry for June 14th - Dave Ling

"The Dark Sinatras "Sick Society" Review"

"If sinister groove metal is your thing, then you’d best put on your best scary Halloween outfit and stomp off in search of The Dark Sinatras. Aided and abetted by the whirling power of Ukrainian drummer Ed Laubinger & moonlighting Jamiroquai bassist Paul Turner, guitarist/vocalist Mark White delivers a dour set of paranoiac tunes that make even Black Sabbath sound like a light hearted Eurovision entry! Monolithic guitar sounds thunder along on a dark carpet of shuddering grooves and shifting time signatures; if you prefer your metal dark and doomy with just a whiff of prog style complexity, then The Dark Sinatras tick all the right boxes. Best not listened to with the lights off, though!" - Play Music Magazine

"The Dark Sinatras "Sick Society" Review"

"Groove-Driven, Meticulous and Insidious" So say bassist Paul Turner of The Dark Sinatras in describing the band's debut "Sick Society", and regardless of the step down in Popularity compared to his workings with Jamiroquai, Paul claims to feel in his element: "Mark [White] and Ed [Laubinger]'s versatility allows us to explore uncharted territories in the studio and keep things challenging". The trio have already begun work on a second album, and they continue to draw influence from anything's that's "quality and steers clear of commercial gratification". Looking to achieve "the complete destruction of materialistic tendencies through introspection", The Dark Sinatras are certainly on a mission.

Lee MacBride - Terrorizer September 2012


The Dark Sinatras:
"Sick Society"

Sick Society Track Listing:

1.The Cooler
2.Ten Inches
3.The Power Of Tradition
4.Face To Face
6.Governing Body
7.Local Treason
8.Of No Consequence
10.Motion Sickness
11.Three Shades Of Empty
14.The Sins Of Ignorance
15.No Measure

The Players:

Mark White: Guitar, Vocals, Percussion, Piano, Vibes

Eduard Laubinger: Drums, Percussion, Vibes, Piano, Trumpet

Paul Turner: Bass guitar, Upright Bass

+ Tallulah Rendall: Backing Vocals, on Power of Tradition, Optimus and Ridiculous
+ Lewis Newrick: Trumpet

Recorded at Hook End Manor 2011
Engineered by Alex Beitzke
Produced by Mark White

2012 DefectoscopeSounds Ltd
Catalogue No. IPD002CD

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DefectoscopeSounds Ltd
DefectoscopePublishing Ltd



The Dark Sinatras' unique sound, sometimes ominous and sinister, sometimes tinged with ethnic theatre, was originally forged in the cold, unforgiving clime of Russia's punk clubs and watering holes where songwriter, guitarist and singer Mark White played for around 17 years; Mark met Eduard Laubinger, a Kazakhstani gypsy drummer, at a free jazz recording session in Moscow in 2006.

After his return to England, Mark was having some tracks mixed at Hook End Manor, when he was introduced to bass maestro Paul Turner of Jamiroquai. Paul had just completed some session work with Annie Lennox and relished the idea of completing a power trio.

A jam session followed and an exciting sound was forged, prompting a week-long recording session, once more at the historic Hook End Manor Studios in the Oxfordshire countryside.

The trio's album "Sick Society" was released in June 2012; it is a highly inflammable mix of hard riffs, hard funk bass lines and never banal time signatures.

Paul's funk sound meshes perfectly with Edward's hard hitting Jazz Flair, and they create a solid anchor for Mark's Byzantine guitar layers.

Sick Society is not collection of songs but rather an album that has a continuity and needs to be listened all the way through.

There are moments of pure avant garde mixed with ethnic soundscapes all held together by a wall of sound that takes no prisoners. The Dark Sinatras give dark nods to King Crimson's mix of improvisation and carefully structured compositions. The attentive listener will find quotes from Black Sabbath, Primus, Hendrix Living Colour and Soundgarden.

Their live experience is a no nonsense hour of the darkest funk around on the present music scene. Not for the faint hearted. The Band is currently active on the London Scene and the rock strongholds of the Midlands. The Dark Sinatras are currently planning a webcast show in partnership with another exciting ensemble; Hot Head Show, a power trio that supported Les Claypool and Primus.

The Dark Sinatras are scheduling a series of live sessions to be broadcast on the web from their headquarters Hook End Manor Studios. The concert will be broadcast on the channel and it will allow the band's overseas fans to experience the dark sinatras sound.

Mark, Ed and Paul are currently recording their second album.