"Lovely Dark is the perfect description of the Minneapolis band's sound. Their brand of folk-flavored indie rock mixes the beauty of their voices with untamed intensity."
Formed in 2011, Lovely Dark was originally the collaboration of married folk-rock duo, Sonia and Travis Even, math-rock drummers Ben Johnston (self-evident) and Max Becker (Technician), and an adopted cast of talented musicians from every corner of the Twin Cities music scene. Together with current bassist Alan Erbach and guitarist Tony Spaaij (both of post-hardcore band Holler House). They continue to combine seemingly disparate musical influences into something entirely unique: songs that are at once complex and infectiously listenable, raucous and razor-sharp. It is a sound with a story to tell – where the haunting harmonies and ominous drums of a pagan ritual transcend into memorable, anthemic hooks.
Influences come in all shapes and sizes on New Born. Drawing from lesser-known UK rock acts percolating in dusty record collections, pop hits from the 80’s, world percussion, trips to Ireland, and books such as the “Physics of Consciousness,” by Evan Harris Walker. "New Born" began as an exploration of science and religion, technology and myth, and the timeless quest for meaning. Where it ended was unexpected: four of the six members became parents over the course of the album’s creation, lending an added poignancy to lyrics about death, rebirth, and the promise of renewal.