The musical project of Dark Mean refuses to slip away for good. The collective has been quietly chipping away in their Hamilton, Ontario studio. Once again they have focused their spontaneous fits of inspiration, normally captured on cell phones and wired between Ottawa and Hamilton, into something concrete.
Years of struggle and extended hiatuses are nothing new to the trio of Billy Holmes, Sandy Johnston and Mark Dean. That’s how they operate. Incessant file sharing and e-mails, frustrating Skype calls, relentless attention to detail, unabashed honesty, and the odd show amidst chaotic life schedules, are just a few ways the band has not only hung together, but are continuing to release new music.
A notable difference this time around is the band’s commitment to a simple concept typically lost on each member: less is more. Carefully crafted guitar melodies merge into driving drum patterns with space and precision. Lyrical deliveries are reserved with calculated cadence. Simply put, there is a refreshing focus to the new recordings that could only come from a group with no time for dilly-dallying.