Dark Stares

5 albums

Dark Stares are a British alternative rock band from St Albans, Hertfordshire. Formed in 2009, the band is composed of brothers Miles Kristian Howell (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Taylor Howell (drums, additional guitar, backing vocals), Brett Harland Howell (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Harry Collins (lead guitar, backing vocals).

The band have produced three studio EPs: Tell Your Friends (2012), Octopon (2013) and Soul Contract (2014),[4] all recorded at Outhouse Studios in Reading, Berkshire and released with AWAL.

The band began rehearsing in their shed in late 2009, under the name Kalazar. With the two youngest members of the band only 16, they played their first gig in December 2009. Eventually the band settled on the name Dark Stares, inspired by the theme tune of Welsh children's television series Funnybones. Dark Stares is also a reference to the George R.R. Martin series of epic fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire.

In October 2011 they were invited to perform as sole support to The Darkness for their "comeback" show at the prestigious 100 Club on Oxford Street, London. The gig sold-out quickly and was heavily attended by music journalists, as well as notable appearances from Queen guitarist Brian May and comedian Rufus Hound. In November 2011 the band were interviewed on BBC Introducing to discuss the debut release, and Powerplay Magazine reviewed the EP, declaring Dark Stares "to be on the radio soon – and getting the recognition they deserve."Black Velvet featured the band as "Supersonic Future Superstars" and labelled the EP "rock n' roll fantasy full of sonic supremacy."

In October 2012, the band released a music video for "Bad Machine" ahead of their second EP Octopon. The video quickly rose to over 100,000 views on YouTube. The release was picked up on by national magazine Metal Hammer, which controversially quipped that the record was an imitation of the style of Queens of the Stone Age, claiming "they may have QOTSA's debt-collectors knocking on their door soon." Rock Sound magazine reviewed the release favourably, also drawing comparisons to Queens of the Stone Age and Foo Fighters respectively, and stated "we're more inclined to throw Muse into the equation." Powerplay Magazine followed-up their previous feature positively, stating "randomly dropping into any track would elicit a hypnotic pounding groove." In August 2013 the band officially launched the EP with a headline show at the Barfly in Camden, London.

On 28 October 2014, the band announced their third EP Soul Contract, releasing a teaser video on YouTube featuring five new songs. On 24 November 2014 the EP was made digitally available worldwide, with a physical release scheduled for 6 April 2015. In January 2015 MAMA announced a Dark Stares headline show on 2 May 2015 at the Camden Barfly to officially launch the EP, with support from Alexis Kings and Franklin.

Music

21 songs
Song
Length
Actions
1
Pedal Pusher Pedal Pusher
03:26

Lyrics:

Now you’ve got the time Hold your body next to mine if you’re feeling so inclined She said Don’t you take it slow Put your finger to my chest And I’ll tell you who’s the best She sang A short and sweet reminder A constant melody that was in my mind She sang A short and sweet reminder Of a memory that was in my mind She could be your invitation Takes you places you don’t even know Babe I’m just a pedal pusher Guess that’s just the way I always roll Now you’re feeling fine Hold your body next to mine if you’re feeling so inclined She sang A short and sweet reminder A constant melody that was in my mind She sang A short and sweet reminder Of a memory that was in my mind She could be your invitation Takes you places you don’t even know Babe I’m just a pedal pusher Yes that’s just the way I always roll She could be your invitation Takes you places you don’t even know Babe I’m just a pedal pusher Yes that’s just the way I always roll I always roll She sang She sang She sang
1
Pedal Pusher (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:29
2
Sweet Rider 5 Pedal Pusher
02:36

Lyrics:

Feels like I’ve been lost at sea for too long And if I’m falling asleep baby don’t wake me up now If things aren’t what they seem just try to let go A feeling to a stowaway Down in the depths where you keep your faith It’s deadwood but I don’t feel the weight It’s deadwood but I don’t feel the weight Feels like I’ve been lost at sea for too long And if I’m falling asleep baby don’t wake me up now If things aren’t what they seem just try to let go A feeling to a stowaway Down in the depths where you keep your faith It’s deadwood but I don’t feel the weight It’s deadwood but I don’t feel the weight A feeling to a stowaway Down in the depths where you keep your faith It’s deadwood but I don’t feel the weight It’s deadwood but I don’t feel the weight
1
Sweet Rider 5 (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:36
3
03:32

Lyrics:

No time to look for the truth I got no time for that No time to search for the proof It is under my head I had an awesome dream I never fell asleep Another journey east another puzzle piece Baby hynotize bless my soul Or I'll break down and cry And I wonder why Cry it makes me feel alive You say we say they say I'm the fool for you You say we say let's say lord I know it's true Baby hynotize bless my soul Or I'll break down and cry And I wonder why Cry it makes me feel alive I had an awesome dream I never fell asleep Another journey east another puzzle piece Baby hypnotize bless my soul and cry Lucy's in the sky bless my soul and cry
1
Hypnotize (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:32
4
Long Live The King Tell Your Friends
03:58

Lyrics:

Face coming down when you hit the ground Tell all your friends there’s a new king in town To steal your crown Face coming down when you hit the ground Tell all your friends the king has been found To steal your crown x 2 All I ever wanted was you baby (Watch your smile fall as you hit the ground) When all I ever needed was you baby (All the while you don’t even make a sound) All I ever wanted was you baby Said all I ever wanted was you baby Face coming down when you hit the ground Tell all your friends there’s a new king in town To steal your crown Face coming down where you hit the ground Tell all your friends the king has been found To steal your crown
1
Long Live The King (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:59
5
02:19

Lyrics:

I watch your face rising up from a second line Testing your faith all the time and you wonder why Oh you’ve seen me now you think you’ve seen it all And if the case was a coin on the other side They stack ‘em high Sell ‘em cheap to the sick and blind ‘Til we’re screaming with our back against the wall Don’t you just love the… Don’t you love… Don’t you just love the… Drugs I need a time need a place need a substitute You need a name to a face it’s an old taboo Oh you’ve seen it don’t you think you’ve seen it all We’re talking case after case of mass genocide We’re talking ancient symbolism with two snakes entwined What you’re seeing is the writing on the wall Don’t you just love the… Don’t you love… Don’t you just love the… Drugs
1
Drugs (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:19
6
Shinigami Octopon
03:59

Lyrics:

In - out. But I know what you are. You came around. Still I know what you are. I could take you downhill for a ride. I can take it ‘til the end of time. In – out. But I know what’s in sight. It came around. Still I know what’s inside. I can take you downhill for a ride. I can take it to the end of the line. In – out. But I know what you are. You came around. Still I know what you are. I could take you downhill for a ride. I can take it ‘til the end of time.
1
Shinigami (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:59
7
Steal Your Girl Octopon
02:43

Lyrics:

I was born in a time machine Chasing tail means everything to me I’ve been down but I never deceived I’ve seen things I never could believe Yet we let the night unfurl But it might just steal your girl Your girl x 3 Tie me down to a submarine Scale the depths But then you’ll need to breathe Still don’t think you’re a bad machine? I’ve seen things I never should have seen Yet we let the night unfurl But it might just steal your girl Your girl x 3 Your girl She’s so fine It might steal your girl x 2 Your girl
1
Steal Your Girl (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:42
8
Feels (So Sad) Pedal Pusher
03:32

Lyrics:

Feel the love flowing through my veins Leaving you in disarray See the rose through the window pane Springtime has come again Why does it feel so sad? I’m glad I’m home Feel the love flowing through my veins Leaving you in disarray Feel the hate slowly slip away Never to return again Never to return again Never to return again Why does it feel so sad? I’m glad I’m home Why does it feel so sad? I’m glad I’m home Springtime has come again (I know)
1
Feels (So Sad) (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:32
9
03:59

Lyrics:

The kind of feeling that you want to stay Daydream hunting all of your blues away I speed up on my road to hell Cos' I'm an A N I M A L She's my queen She's mistreating me The kind of fever that you long to stay Daydream hunting all of your blues away Yeah I swear I'd never make that mistake Now I made it and I know there's a price to pay I speed up in my coupe de ville Cos' I'm an A N I M A L She's my queen The kind of feeling that you want to stay Daydream hunting all your blues away So speed up on my road to hell Cos' I'm an A N I M A L She's my queen She's mistreating me
1
Animal (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:59
10
03:12

Lyrics:

Jump in the flame rearrange Throw your caution to the wind I proclaim I never hesitate It's the only way to win In this game you'll suffocate All words are wearing thin In the rain celebrate Like a never ending sin Won't you believe me I whisper like a prayer Don't you deceive me Spirits in the air Believe me I whisper like a prayer Don't you deceive me Spirits in the air Will you bereave me A soulless saboteur The skies are bleeding Spirits in the air
1
Bloodmagic (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:12
11
Cruise Control Soul Contract
03:27

Lyrics:

Don't you fear the light Don't you see it's right You make me celebrate these vicious lies You can't seek me high I'm running for my life And I'm not gonna be there when you try Don't you fear the light A supersonic fight Out of the fire and out into the night You can't seek me high They're on my left and right But I'm not gonna be there when you cry Sunset or sunrise The haze can hypnotize A way to serenade these severed ties You can't seek me high You're running for your life And I'm not gonna be there when you die
1
Cruise Control (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:29
12
Liquid Reign Soul Contract
03:38

Lyrics:

Why don't we do it on our own? Just to see if you still you have it in you And my heart was breaking And my hands were shaking And our lies were making perfect sense to me But you're young you think that you know it all Just counting the scars on your fleeting heart But you let it get away And my heart was breaking And my hands were shaking And our lies were making perfect sense to me You're young you think that you know it all Just counting the scars on your fleeting heart But you let it get away You're young you think that you know it all Just counting the scars on your fleeting heart But you let it get away
1
Liquid Reign (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:38
13
02:12

Lyrics:

You run around like a freak in the night Are you scared of a fight you’ll lose? You analyse but you can’t you despise all the things that I say or do But you’re nothing to me You mess with the enemy But you’re nothing to me You mess with the enemy Faith has gone We ain’t got so long to live You’re nothing to me You mess with the enemy
1
Enemy (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:17
14
Gun At Your Feet (Explicit Lyrics) B-Sides
02:34

Lyrics:

Take another chance to breathe Last dance turn your back on me Face down falling flat on the street This time I got the gun at your feet Come on dance for me Don’t you take that chance from me This town’s gonna fall to pieces This town needs some light relief This town’s gonna push me under This time I’ve got the gun at your feet Come on dance for me Don’t you take that chance from me Don’t you make your moves with me You better listen up closely So close Rain falls down upon your face Walk you through this city So sad you couldn’t make it So sad you couldn’t make it Rain falls down upon your face Walk you through this city For those who couldn’t make it You were all so close All so far away Come on dance for me Don’t you take that chance from me Don’t you make your moves with me Oh you better listen up closely So fucking close So close now
1
Gun At Your Feet (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:35
15
This Beast (Explicit Lyrics) B-Sides
04:16

Lyrics:

Does it feel alive? Doesn’t breathe and still survives And holds you like a lover Do you feel denied? Slay this beast and move aside Tonight I watch you feel the same You’re never gonna fake it What you know of pain You’re never gonna take it You can give your word and never need to break it and hang on Does it feel alive? Doesn’t breathe and still survives And holds you like a lover Say your last goodbye Slay this beast and move aside Tonight I watch you feel the same You’re never gonna fake it What you know of pain You’re never gonna take it You can give your word and never need to break it and hang on I can get along with you x 3 Despite our different points of view I can get along with you But I got no fucking love for you at all I watch you feel the same You’re never gonna fake it What you know of pain You’re never gonna take it You can give your word and never need to break it and hang on
1
This Beast (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:41
16
Bad Machines Octopon
03:08

Lyrics:

I want it I need it I got it Believe it I see her Her fire Two feelings In spirals I want in I want out Just wanted to feel proud A change of a season or something to believe in You know it feels like heaven Lord I try I can’t find the reason so come on We’re facing the ceiling. Escaping or dreaming. I wanted a piece of the action in this town. I want in, I want out Just wanted to feel proud A change of a Caesar or something to believe in You know it feels like heaven More I try I can’t find the reason You know it feels like heaven Lord I try I can’t find the reason Find the reason. I want it I need it I got it Believe it I see her Her fire Two feelings In spirals I want in I want out Just wanted to feel proud A change of a season or something to believe in
1
Bad Machines (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:08
17
Blackfyre Octopon
03:31

Lyrics:

Take your time Spirit from the other side Message from the afterlife Tell me what happens when we die We die Down Where we go down Don’t you know? Keep the fire coming Keep the spirit in the soul without doubt Where we go down Don’t you know? Deep down in your soul Blackfyre in your soul Deep down in your soul Blackfyre in your soul Take my life See it from the other side Just a ritual sacrifice Just another compromise We tried Down Where we go down Don’t you know? Keep the fire coming Keep the spirit in control without doubt Where we go down Don’t you know? Deep down in your soul Blackfyre in your soul Deep down in your soul Blackfyre in your soul
1
Blackfyre (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:31
18
03:48

Lyrics:

Time passed me by on the river Wave after wave all forgiven ‘Cos you’ll make your mistakes while you’re young Look at the state and the state of us They’re invaders of the mind And they’re changing all the time Just passing by Passing by Passing by Just pass me by Pass me by Pass me by So we won’t fight anymore Won’t partake in any war We’ve been down that road before x 2 They’re invaders of the mind And they’re changing all the time Just passing by Passing by Passing by Just pass me by Pass me by Pass me Don’t you pass me by And don’t believe them when they tell you This is for your own safety They push injections not protections In this false democracy And they don’t know you And they don’t own you Only truth can set you free They won’t control Can’t control you Never bend or fold you
1
Invaders (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:48
19
We Are Kings Tonight Tell Your Friends
04:32

Lyrics:

We are the kings tonight Following the last design We’d rather fall in line Wonder what we left behind We are the kings tonight Take a trip relax unwind We’d rather stand and fight Worry about your state of mind I know you may find You’re not like the others Retrace your mind You were meant for another time We are the kings tonight Disregard the facts of life We reached the borderline Of ordinary and divine I know you may find And you may discover Open your eyes You were meant for another time Meant for another time Don’t push it back Don’t you know I’ve got to see? If it’s all downhill for me Don’t push it back Don’t and don’t you shed a tear If it’s all downhill from here You can take my mind and fall forever Take it all repay me later Take my mind and fall forever Take it all repay me later Don’t push it back Don’t you know I’ve got to see? If it’s all downhill for me Don’t push it back Don’t and don’t you shed a tear If it’s all downhill from here
1
We Are Kings Tonight (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:33

Lyrics:

Line ‘em up Line ‘em up quickly Tell your friends I’ll be looking to buy you out Several new friends for seven-pounds-fifty Kill ‘em all Kill ‘em all swiftly Kill ‘em all I’m willing to show you how We can drink shots of very old whisky now or anytime or now or anytime You don’t know me I don’t know you All I know is I could show you I don’t owe you nothing no more Line ‘em up Line ‘em up with me Tell your friends I’ll be lucky to find you now All that I’ve learnt has never come quickly Kill ‘em all Kill ‘em all swiftly Kill ‘em all I’m willing to show you how We can drink shots of very old whisky now or anytime or now or anytime You don’t know me I don’t know you All I know is I could show you I don’t owe you nothing no more You don’t know me I don’t know you All I know is I control you I don’t owe you nothing no more
1
Whisky (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:48
21
Ordinary Way Soul Contract
04:07

Lyrics:

All my fear is setting aside I feel no notion of pride My selfish soul All my fear is setting aside I feel no notion of pride in my soul You'll live you'll learn the ordinary way A fire burns it's the only thing you'll take home You seem concerned but be that as it may Your secret's safe we'll take it to our grave All my fear is setting aside I feel no notion of pride My selfish soul All my fear is setting aside I feel no notion of pride in my soul You'll live you'll learn the ordinary way Reveals the change but it wasn't what you stayed for It comes and goes you feel it slip away It ebbs and flows and it's never been the same I can't deny believing in the way I've seen you shine and it wasn't what you paid for Don't be concerned but be that as it may Your secret's safe we'll take it to our grave Home
1
Ordinary Way (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:07