by Dan Goldin (@post_trash_)
The video for Darkwing's "Saves" comes with the tag "old footage from the future," and the visuals follow suit. Grainy VHS style images are joined with the tracking date from the year 6666, uncertain times in the distant future captured by a resoundingly grainy past. Set to release a new EP later this year, the Brooklyn via New Jersey trio's new single is a breezier effort than past releases, fusing their fuzzy skate punk with a dreamier garage jangle.
Still packed with hooks and warm distortion, Darkwing are embracing the alien side of lo-fi. Rich Rogers pairs together enormous melodies and sing-along lyrics with radiant guitar leads that peak out like rays of sunshine darting through the clouds. Simplistic rhythms and tambourine shakes join blown out surf pop, swirling together for something both light and somewhat sinister. Darwing saves, or so they'd have you believe. You be the judge.
Darkwing play Mr. Beery's in Bethpage, NY on September 1st with Lost Boy ?, Horrace Knutsen, Slow Horse and Ghost Pressure. Their new EP will be out later this year.