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Tuesday 29 July 2014

A Shade Above The Rest: Brighton Band Will Be Telling Tall Tales @ The Latest Music Bar

Brighton-based The Dark Design is not your average band. Their live shows are never the same twice and may involve the narration of tall tales or short poems, a tap dance or a sleight of hand.



Their style is Steampunk Rock Opera; part musical, part theatre and part secret society mixed with a party.

Even the number of band members on stage each night ebb and flow like the tide.We tried to count them but they wouldn't stand still long enough. 

One estimate suggests that between seven and ten shadowy misfits, spanning three generations, meet occasionally to become The Dark Design.

They play curious instruments from the past; like the Victorian Phono-fiddle (half violin and half gramophone) and from the future like the thingamin (an unholy coupling of Theremin and Flux capacitor). 

Their songs tell tales of Mermaid Queens, trips to Mars, bitter love, how to deal with the Devil and a warning to those who would fall in love with an automaton.

Ahead of the release of their début album Twelve Tall Tales on Steampunk Records, The Dark Design take to the road in August, playing at the Latest Music Bar in Brighton on Sunday 10th August. See them before their past, the law or the devil catches up with them.


The Dark Design on tour:

August 7th- The Talking Heads – Southampton

August 9th- The Chichester Inn - Chichester

August 10th- The Latest Music Bar - Brighton

August 11th- The Brass Monkey – Hastings

August 12th- The Face Bar – Reading

August 14th-18th Alt Fest – Kettering

August 23rd– Charfest – Bournemouth



by: Elizabeth Hughes




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