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Album Review: Darko – “Bonsai Mammoth”

After spending the better part of the past decade cutting their teeth on a string of EPs and singles, Darko are entering the realm of full length albums. Bonsai Mammoth, the band’s debut LP, sees the band coming out with fists swinging and guitars blazing.

“Life Forms” kicks off the album, with a slow intro before launching into a high energy ripper, setting the tone of things to come. Like all great skate punk acts, Darko make use of dueling guitar leads to give their songs an urgent feeling, ripping through notes at lightning speeds. The band continues to keep up the pace for nearly the entire duration of Bonsai Mammoth, giving listeners only a 35 second break in the form of “The Chernobyl Effect,” which acts as an interlude between the album’s first and second halves.

Early promotional materials for Bonsai Mammoth state that the album breaks apart from the band’s previous conceptual narratives. While that may be true on a technical level (there’s certainly no fictional story to follow from track-to-track), there’s still an underlying current of despair and the search for hope, giving the album a sense of cohesiveness and unity. The aforementioned “Life Forms” declares the band’s autonomy and apathy right from the get-go: “I don’t wanna be a part of it and I don’t care for all of this shit.” This might not be the most original of defiant statements, but it’s surely what a lot of people are feeling all over the world given the current state of things.

2017 may have only just begun, but it’s already in dire need of an aggressive soundtrack. Darko and Bonsai Mammoth are there to start things off.

4 / 5

RIYL: Propagandhi, A Wilhelm Scream, Brutal Youth



Darko (UK, skate punk) stream latest album “Bonzai Mammoth”

UK skate punkers Darko are streaming their entire new album Bonzai Mammoth in full. Along with the new record the Guildford five-piece have also announced a string of dates to support its release. The full stream and details of the shows can be viewed below.



Darko (UK, skatepunk) announce tour dates and stream track “Set In Our Ways”

UK skatepunkers Darko have announced European tour dates to support their new album Bonsai Mammoth. The five-piece are also streaming the track “Set In Our Ways”. You can enjoy the group’s latest material at their Soundcloud page and check out the tour dates below.

Darko’s last release was the 2014 full-length Sea of Trees. 



Darko (skate punk) release new music video – “Hiraeth”

UK skate punks Darko have a new music video out for their new song, “Hiraeth.” Give it a look and listen below.

The track is the first single from the band’s debut full-length album, Bonsai Mammoth, which is due out February 3rd on Bird Attack Records (US), Lockjaw Records (UK), and Torch Of Hope Records (Japan).



Darko (skate punk) announced debut album “Bonsai Mammoth”

UK skate-punk band Darko have announced the release of their debut album Bonsai Mammoth which is set to be released on February 3rd, 2017 via Bird Attack Records.  You can check out the album artwork above.

The new album will serve as a follow up to the bands’ 2014 EP Sea Of Trees.



Darko (skate punk) unveil new music video for “Canthus Viewpoints”

UK skate-punk band Darko have a new music video out for their song “Canthus Viewpoints.” The video showcases some of the band’s live shows and touring fun from their recent trip to Japan. Watch it below.

The song is the last track off the band’s 2014 EP, Sea Of Trees. The track is also featured on the band’s latest release, The Beards And Before, a Japanese exclusive featuring tracks from Darko’s back catalogue. You can pick up a copy of that one here or here.



Darko premiere music video for new single “In The Company Of Wolves”

UK skate-punk act Darko have premiered their brand new single “In The Company Of Wolves” in the form of an epic new music video in which the five-piece thwarts the efforts of evil outer space forces attempting to destroy their local town of Guildford.

‘We were just harmlessly performing our righteous new track and this creepy bloke came from no where and started getting all up in our grills.’, explained guitarist Rob Piper.

Darko banded together and decided that enough was enough. They used their combined forces to bring about the ‘Darko WolfBot’, and eventually stopped Space Emperor Lord Sithulu.

‘It’s all in a day’s work really. We are happy that the city can get on with it daily business.’, added singer Dan Smith.

Check out the video (and epic battle) below.

“In The Company Of Wolves” is exclusively available on the “No Guts No Glory” charity compilation that is raising funds in aid of Crohn’s & Colitis UK. The tribute is available now through Lockjaw Records.



Darko (skate-punk, UK) release teaser video for new single

Fans of UK skate-punk will know the name well and rightly so however those from further afield may be less familiar with the band, Darko, who have released a teaser video for an upcoming single. The single will represent the first new music from the Guildford based five-piece since the 2014 masterpiece “Sea Of Trees” and if previous efforts are anything to go by, it will not disappoint. The new track should drop on May 10th but if you can’t wait that long you can enjoy some of the finest facial hair in fast-punk goofing around at their Facebook page. Enjoy.



Darko extend fall UK tour

UK punks Darko have extended their upcoming fall tour which is set to kick off this Saturday. Check out the updated tour itinerary and see if they’re stopping near you below.

Darko’s latest EP Sea Of Trees was released in late 2014 through Lockjaw Records (UK) and Bird Attack Records (US).



Darko add dates to European tour

UK punks Darko have added a bunch of dates to their upcoming European tour, which kicks off this Saturday in some German town I’ve never heard of. Check out the updated itinerary below.

Darko last released an EP titled Sea Of Trees in September of 2014 through Lockjaw Records (UK) and Bird Attack Records (US).



Darko announce European tour dates

UK punks Darko have announced a series of European tour dates throughout September with Belgium’s A Hero Build.

Check out the full list of dates and locations below.

Darko last released A Sea Of Trees in September 2014 via Lockjaw Records (UK) and  Bird Attack Records (US).



UK punks Darko announce summer European tour dates

UK punks Darko have announced a series of European tour dates throughout July and August, you can check them out below.



Free Punk Comp: No Reason Records Sampler (Darko, Jet Market, Fair Dos, etc)

You guys should know by now I’m a huge fan of free punk comps.  Especially when they consist of quality recordings and have at least a few bands I’m not yet familiar with.  No Reason Records just released their new sampler which falls nicely into that category.  You can stream the entire thing below and if you dig it you can download it for free right here.



We Are Ripcord release compilation to raise money for charity

Scotland based collective We Are Ripcord have just released the latest in a series of digital compilations to raise money for mental health charities Mind and SAMH.  RE:MIND Vol 3 features bands like Maycomb, Mike TV, Darko, and many more.

Give it a listen below, and if you like what you hear, throw them a few bucks to help out a good cause!



Darko (punk) announce tour dates, debut music video for “Timepieces & Lock Shaped Hearts”

UK punks Darko have a new music video out for their song “Timepieces & Lock Shaped Hearts”. You can watch it below.

The song is the second single from the band’s September 2014 EP, Sea Of Trees. You can pick it up on CD, vinyl, or digital over at the Lockjaw Records (UK) store, right here, or from Bird Attack Records (US), here.

The video was shot on GoPro cameras during the band’s EP release tour in the fall of 2014.

Speaking of tours, Darko have also announced a string of spring/summer tour dates throughout the UK and Europe. Check out those dates below the video.