" Stripped down, minimalist epic that stretches out beyond the confines of songwriting, a huge slab of noise that sits between Spacemen 3 and the Brian Jonestown Massacre" - CLASH MAGAZINE
London’s duo Black Doldrums are renowned for delivering multiple layers of echo-drenched guitar and heavy relentless drums, creating their transient and euphoric dark shoegaze and continuing to astonish audiences.
Recently announcing the signing of a record deal with Club AC30, effects-laden singer-guitarist Kevin Gibbard, anchored by the powerful precision of drummer Sophia Lacroix, released their 4 track EP at the end of 2018, co-produced by engineer James Aparicio whose credits include Spiritualized, Nick Cave and Depeche Mode.
‘Sad Paradise’, taken from the poem Allen Ginsberg gifted to Jack Kerouac "The Denver Doldrums", is an expansive, completely collaborative piece of work. Gibbard tells us “With just the two of us, it's a close relationship with its challenges. We don't have a lot of people we can rely on and for creativity this can be both productive and destructive as well as rewarding due to the fact we both have something in common to work against. It's us against them. Lyrically, I like to keep things simple and base each song around a theme as appose to a specific subject. More a feeling than a story. In terms of composition, each song ends up being a journey as we like to experiment and push it as far as we can with just the two of us. Our whole approach is that a song should write itself."
Recalling early Verve, My Bloody Valentine and BRMC, the band continue to build on their update of 90's effects driven psych, drawing influence from the proto-psych of the 60s, icy post-punk of the 80's and the Brit Pop swagger of the 90's.
'Youthful, ambitious, contemporary rock n roll' - Shindig Magazine