Minneapolis quintet, Dark Dark Dark, are renowned for their unique blend of New Orleans jazz, Americana, folk and pop. Diversity is their strength, as they build their own deeply experienced world into their songs.
Who Needs Who, their third studio album, is a stirring and rich body of songs that sees the band breaking ground, and settling into the strengths of a quintet that has worked incredibly hard, both on the road and in their personal lives. The band’s commitment to their music has proven to be a double-edged sword. They create a new standard for avant-garde pop with their upbeat drums and bass that propel their sound as Nona Marie Invie’s vocals soar between impassioned yearning and a resigned, empowered hope that reveals true wisdom. Their recordings are as dynamic as their schedules, the places they choose to work, and their friendships. In many ways, it’s a wonder they exist at all.
It’s no minor detail that Nona and Marshall LaCount, Dark Dark Dark’s co-founder and producer, were in a serious relationship that ended in early 2011, with a year solid of touring commitments ahead of them. Despite increased tensions and heated arguments, the band showed immense patience and commitment to the music and their friendships. Ultimately, a five month hiatus at the end of 2011 and early 2012 allowed them to heal, reflect and refocus. When the band reconvened in New Orleans for rehearsals, the initial awkwardness gave way to the creation of some of their most beautiful, revealing work to date.
The band has toured extensively in the US and Europe, enjoying sold out shows, national radio appearances, and support dates for bands like The National and Low. They’ve had TV placements on Grey’s Anatomy, Parks and Recreation, and American Idol, and their appearance on the UK’s Live From Abbey Road was a major highlight.