Beware Of Darkness Orthodox on 2LP + Download Card
Due out on Bright Antenna Records, Beware of Darkness’ (Kyle Nicolaides, Tony Cupito, and Daniel Curcio) debut full-length Orthodox is a musical assault - filled with squealing guitars, barbed hooks, and timeless glam posturing. At first listen, the album is a mindless good time - aimed somewhere between the gut and dirty dive bar. It is not, however, a thoughtless endeavor.
“No one asks why you do things,” muses frontman Kyle Nicolaides. “Why do you love what you love? I had to ask why I want to do this. Music, you can totally scrape by without thinking about it, if that makes sense. You can half-heartedly write songs and have success at it.”
Weaned on a heady blend of The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, putting thought into music has always come easily to Nicolaides. However it wasn’t until he met bandmate Tony Cupito - the only other white guy at an all African-American R&B show - that Beware of Darkness began to take shape. In a stroke of luck - or perhaps fate - Cupito lead Nicolaides in finding bassist Daniel Curcio, who happened to be in town to meet a half-brother he never knew he had.
Recorded entirely in two weeks at the Sound Factory and Valley Recorder in Hollywood, CA, executive produced by Dave Sardy and produced by Greg Gordon and Nicolaides, Beware of Darkness’ debut-full length is a heady meditation on death - and its implications for the living.
“I remember being thirteen or fourteen and being in school one day, and having that realization that I’m going to die,” he says. “That’s kind of why I started writing songs and working really hard in high school…It was weird, because there was a motivation for me. I had read an article about a local girl who had just died in a car crash. You realize, that man, it could happen any time.”
With the material written while Nicolaides was between the ages of 20 and 21, the musician found he had to go back to the past to understand his current work. “The working title was Bleak,” he reveals. “It became Orthodox. I kept writing that word down in my journals. Once I finally looked up what it meant, it made sense and it fit. The first half means right and true, the second half means belief. I think the record is a lot about that too."
He adds, "About coming into awareness. You know that age where you come into awareness and you understand how the world works? ‘This is how our food supply works? This is how government works?’ For me, it’s about that kind of thing: self-awareness, what that is, realizing that you can lose people, realizing that friends disappear, and understanding how things work.”
Beware Of Darkness Orthodox Track Listing:
2. Sweet Girl
3. Ghost Town
4. Amen Amen
5. All Who Remain
6. Heart Attack
7. Morning Tea
8. End of the World
9. Life on Earth?
10. My Planet is Dead
11. Salvation is Here