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Album review: Darkbird – I REMEMBER FEELING MY FINGERS SLIP e.p.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – With a name like Darkbird, you sure as Hell better give me some dark, brooding tales of doomed romance with a somewhat hovering scent of black nail polish in the air or, if you must, at least some eyeliner-wearing synths with a minor degree in spooking old folks at the mall. Hailing from Austin, Texas, these guys do a nice job of fulfilling all these quotas, from the haunting, yearning vocals of lead chanteuse Kelly Barnes to the laser-accurate stinging guitars of Brian Cole.

David Lynch would be proud of the operatic opening salvo of Hollywood romance gone sour in “Poison Arrows”, while things get a little more bluesy (while still appropriately clad in black) with the still of the night formation that is “All There Is”, wherein the protagonist was once “filthy rich in love” but, true to form, lost it all. I know the feeling.

“Lost dogs are not always found!” is an appropriately nihilistic sentiment for loneliness with the third track, “Lost Dogs”, natch, but it’s in the fourth outing, “Fatal Flaw”, where Barnes’ Hot Topic seductress really shines through, daring you to take her hand in beautifully romantic self-destruction, cooing “I’ve got nothing but love for your pain.” It’s a sentiment worth carving into your arm.

Capping off with the delicately doomed velvet cloak of “Vampires”, it’s a bloody good rocker that sadly, seems about 15 or 20 years too late for the times; if this had been in the closing credits of a1995 Dimension Films teen-horror flick it would’ve been the biggest hit of that cold October. Not to say that for this beaten-down bloodsucker it doesn’t work just as well on a cold January.

Darkbird’s dark sound is something that I’ve been missing for a while and, homemade grimoires be damned, am eagerly looking forward to their full-length release and possible live show. I’ll bring the Siouxsie shirts, you bring the Manic Panic.

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