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Dark Mean

Dark Mean

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Dark Mean


Years Active: 2008 to present

Genre: Electronic Indie Folk Rock

Country: Canada


Mark Dean (Vocals, Piano, Guitar)
Billy Holmes (Drums, Banjo, Bass, Guitar, Piano)
Sandy Johnston (Guitar, Pianet, Moog)

Artist Bio:

Dark Mean jokingly describe their overall evolution as having the "pace of a critically-ill snail." But in June 2008, when Canadian playwright Rebecca Nada-Rajah premiered her production of "The Constant K Determines the Ultimate Fate of the Universe," the play's success gave the eccentric trio of lifelong friends the juice to fuel the completion of a four-song EP under the guidance of producers Glen Marshall and Michael Keire of Vibewrangler Recording Studio in Hamilton, Ontario. The band wrote and performed the play's "soundtrack," and Dark Mean have kept up momentum ever since. Mark Dean, Sandy Johnston and Billy Holmes have been meeting in the middle, literally and figuratively, since the fall of 2006. Countless treks between Hamilton and Torontonot to mention several treks across the Atlantic oceanhave extended the song writing/recording process all the way into 2009. Yet through this process, the songs were allowed to breathe and it's now apparent the group has created a resonance of its own, extending beyond the traditional boundaries of pop music. The debut EP, Frankencottage, showcases the bands evolving worldview on the relationship between music, art and cultural expression. Imagine, if you will, an eclectic fusion of progressive, electronic, indie, folk, country, '80s pop......[Read More]