Occupying a space somewhere in the dark corners of psychedelia and the snake charming swagger of dark folk lay the heart and bones of The Dark Red Seed, the duo comprised of King Dude guitarist Tosten Larson and engineer Shawn Flemming. Where King Dude travels the sonic highways of neon bars and the squalor of dim hallways, Tosten and Flemming migrate to more exotic climates, and their debut full length Becomes Awake is an ambitious if slightly mixed offering that works the weirder and spacier it gets. Continue reading
I know normally in this column I’ve been talking about ambient releases, but we use Rainbows in the Dark to explore any kind of music that gets heavy without falling into “metal” territory. One of the more exciting (at least for me) musical trends in the United States is an emergence of bands that take traditional Americana song structures and styling and add in flairs of gothic darkness. Acts like Wovenhand and King Dude have gotten the attention of the populace at large, and now set to join those ranks is Portland, OR’s The Dark Red Seed with their debut EP Stands With Death.