REVIEW: Strange Weather, Stereo Embers Magazine

March 23, 2016 | Dave Cantrell


Intensity Density Space and Melody – Deardarkhead’s “Strange Weather"

Spooky. Liminal. Wrapped in gleaming smoke while twisting mirrors into ribbons. Vast of inference, flocked with spires of melody, circling you like a sonic Möbius strip, the noise Deardarkhead make invites more mystery than it solves which is almost certainly the point but what’s that matter when they sound as beguilingly gorgeous as this? History is arguably irrelevant when you have timelessness pouring out of the headphones in real time but the band in fact have one, stretching back to their inception in the post-postpunk year of our shoegazing lord 1988. Back then they had a singer. They don’t now. He left in 2009 and rather than find a replacement they instead found a new strength in his absence, continuing on their not-so-humble mission of seeking transcendence via bass drums guitar (handled respectively by Kevin McCauley, Robert Weiss, and Kevin Harrington), a phalanx of pedals and a shared intuition that burns at every turn.

Just six tracks because any more – based on the too-much-of-a-good-thing model – might cause the listener psychic damage, Strange Weather is a whirlwind of intensity, density, space, and melody. “Falling Upward” looms up out of some metallic mist and immediately seats itself in your solar plexus as a humming thrumming bass and a bright trance of guitar do this hypnotic Kevin-to-Kevin contrapuntal thing that disarms with utterly charming force, “Sunshine Through the Rain” glistens immediately with its title’s promise, a kind of vernal energy made electric, drums pounding like life itself, “Juxta Mare” has a skipping light heaviness to it as if Ride were the Stranglers or vice versa, “Ice Age” is what every post-punk instrumental both retrospectively and henceforth should be mandated to sound like, its basic bass groove and sky-spiking guitar lines suggesting an actually joyous Joy Division and which I nominate for track-of-the-month if not -year. That leaves two I haven’t mentioned and indeed I leave those for your own discovery since I strongly suspect that what’s been said here thus far will have you looking for your own copy of Strange Weather (try here starting 25 March 16) before you’re even done reading this sentence.

Not a word spoken on this album from pillar to post but in the end they are profoundly unneeded. This music moves in paragraphs of its own language anyway and in truth I’ve never, in a rock context, missed words less. Highly recommended.

AllMusic Premieres Strange Weather

March 21, 2016 | Chris Steffen

Long-running New Jersey shoegaze band deardarkhead gives us an exclusive first listen, plus a track-by-track rundown of their new EP, Strange Weather. Now an instrumental act, the band delivers six new tracks of propulsive, psychedelic rock, with plenty of big, ringing guitars and driving drums. So press play, then scroll down for commentary from drummer Robert Weiss. Strange Weather is due out March 25 on Saint Marie Records.

Check it out, here

REVIEW: Strange Weather, Dagger 'Zine

March 19, 2016 | Tim Hinely

My initial thought was, “Damn….no vocals sooo… it’s an instrumental record?!” I wasn’t real happy, but after several listens I really like this. Oh sure, I wish they still had a vocalist (their previous vocalist Mike Amper left several years ago and has yet to be replaced)  but I’m not complaining (too much). This South Jersey band (from my hometown of Linwood…woot woot!!) have been at it since the late 80’s and have weathered all sorts of things that a band goes through (line up change, addiction to Cheetos, their official vehicle, a ’74 Pinto, constantly breaking down, etc.) It’s still drummer/founding member Rob Weiss, longtime guitarist Kevin Harrington and Kevin McCauley on bass (the new guy though he’s probably been in the band for 5-10 years for all I know). The Captured Tracks label released a terrific compilation of early stuff a few years ago, but this is the bands first new material in quite some time. Their influence comes from all things UK  and if you dig bands like the Pale Saints or Ride then what the DDH boys do will be ok with you. Cuts like the excellent moody opener, “Falling Upward”, the icier Sunshine Through the Rain”, the varied “Ice Age,” are as good as anything the band has done previously and to be honest, there’s not a bad cut among these six tunes. If you’ve never heard the band before give ‘em a listen, especially if you’re an anglophile searching for some new juice. I’m happy to say that Strange Weather is just great.

Backseat Mafia Premieres "Falling Upward"

February 26, 2016 | Jim F.

Already having been the subject of a retrospective via Captured Tracks, the band have continued to make slightly psychedelic shoegaze despite the band’s singer leaving in 2009. It’s just now that it’s this shifting, almost post-rock, slightly unsettling instrumental music, open to all its power and interpretation.

Falling Upward displays much of that, with evocative electronics giving way to this shimmering guitar work that shifts and twists and morphs throughout.

Check it out, here

REVIEW: Strange Weather, Babysue

March 1, 2016 | LMNOP (aka dONW7)

The guys in Deardarkhead have been making music since 1988, so we're kinda embarrassed to admit that we've never heard 'em until now. Don't expect anything retro-1980s here, because retro-1980s these guys are not. This album features instrumentals that combine elements from hard rock and underground shoegazer drone. The band's music once featured vocals but now that both of the previous vocalists are no longer with the band they are (at least temporarily) an all-instrumental band. Considering this fact, you may be very surprised at how powerful these songs are. The band is now comprised of Kevin Harrington on guitar, Robert Weiss on drums, and Kevin McCauley on bass. For a three piece band these guys have a great big sound. This is a short album that clocks in at just over twenty-five minutes. But in that amount of time, these guys make it perfectly clear they're in it for the long run. Groovy, compelling, and hypnotic.

REVIEW: Strange Weather, Whisperin' & Hollerin'

February 29, 2016 | simonovitch

Our Rating: 7 out of 10 stars

Apparently Deardarkhead having been going since 1988 and have somehow totally passed me by until I was sent the band's latest album Strange Weather to review. This is a band who decided that after the singer left it was better to not replace him and become an instrumental shoegaze band instead which is at least a novel approach as to how to continue.

This also means that to this listener the albums 6 tracks over 26 minutes becomes pretty much one suite of music a kind of aural backwash that reminds me in places of one of the only other instrumental shoegaze band's that spring to mind which is Atlases. Only Deardarkhead seem to play a little bit quicker than Atlases and it also reminds me in places of the instrumental passages that Amusement Parks On Fire often have in their songs.

The opening piece may be called Falling Upward but it feels to me like we are descending slowly down a long spiral staircase into a dark room in which all sorts of odd things might be happening. Like seeing Sunshine Through The Rain that seems to have sped up an old Magic Hour tune and taken some of the acid drenching out of it almost like it's been rinsed in the rain. Is that a Nightmare well of course not as Juxta mare unfolds across the widescreen of the listeners mind enveloping them in the soundscape.

Then about halfway through on March Hares they seem to have some of the sort of repeating motif you might find on some of Band Of Susans instrumentals. Either way this is an album of well-constructed sonic architecture and soundscapes of the sort that you sometimes hear in the closing five minutes or so of any number of American procedural tv series as they finally find out who did the murder on Cold Case or as the killer looks back on what might have been on CSI as if this is the real Ice Age a tune that owes a small debt to the Joy Division song it shares a name with but only a very small debt as this conjures up feelings of longing for what's been lost.

The album closer Thinking Back seems perfect for driving late at night through a forest in the pouring rain hoping for some respite and that you won't have to drive in this rain much longer.

Either way this is an intriguing album.

REVIEW: Strange Weather, Here Comes The Flood

February 22, 2016 | Hans Werksman

When their singer left the band in 2009 Deardarkhead gave up on finding a replacement pretty quickly and reinvented themselves as an instrumental post-tock shoegaze trio. Based in Atlantic City, a place of ill repute whose glory days are long gone, they let the music do the talking with the song titles hinting at what particular meaning lies hidden beneath the washes of guitar, bass and drums.

Their latest album Strange Weather was inspired by Lewis Caroll (March Hares) and meteorological phenomena (Sunshine Through The RainIce Age. Intense and captivating music with multi-layered textures unfolding slowly. Sometimes lyrics can get in the way of the flow of a track and Deardarkhead have managed to write poetry without using actual words. Not bad for a band who named themselves after a line from the Samuel Ferguson poem Cean Dubh Dilis.

REVIEW: Strange Weather, This Is Book's Music

February 20, 2016 | John Book

Not sure if this is what I should be hearing but Deardarkhead (“dear dark head”) sound like they are firmly immersed in their new wave influences, or at least they either grew up listening to a lot of 80’s music and are taking in some of the best elements before examiming, destroying, and re-forming it into something that will develop into their own sound. That’s what I hear on their new 6-song EP Strange Weather (Saint Marie) and what I love is how their songs carry me from start to finish without ever wanting to go do something else or make me want to stop listening. Not bad for a group who are vocal-less but do it in a way to where it doesn’t matter, their music carries you through during the duration. I’m curious to see how others will react to this and what places they’ll head to in the next few years.

(Strange Weather will be released on March 25th. You can pre-order it in a number of different formats directly from Saint Marie Records.)

REVIEW: Strange Weather, The Primal Music Blog

February 16, 2016 | Del Chaney

Experimental, cinematic post-gazers ‘Deardarkhead’ formed in Atlantic City, New Jersey, back in 1988. The band have released five recordings on their own label ‘Fertile Crescent Records’ & will release the sensational  ‘Strange Weather’ , their latest 6 track instrumental, via the wonderful ‘Saint Marie Records’ on March 25th 2016. The band consists of Kevin Harrington on Guitars, Robert Weiss – Drums & bassist Kevin McCauley, who came on board in late 2010 after the departure of longtime singer/bassist Michael Amper! Influenced by Cocteau Twins, The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Chameleons, Joy Division, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Church, The Psychedelic Furs & The Beatles, to name but a few, the overall ‘Deardarkhead’ sound can be described as a stunning mixture of old school melodic post-punk, intrinsically intertwined with driving moody psychedelic shoegaze & edged with a beautiful euphoric dream pop swirl. Although completely instrumental, ‘Strange Weather’ oozes style & structure. It soars in just the right places & sulks like a scorned love sick teenager when required.

‘Strange Weather’ opens up with the impressive ‘Falling Upward’. A swirling drone precedes a monstrous build as we’re treated to a post-punk masterclass. Immense drums & throbbing bass lines lead the charge as shimmering reverberating guitar progressions loop and arc all over the musical canvass. Up next, a steadying drum beat that ushers in the jangling early 90’s sounding ‘Sunshine Through The Rain’. This track is packed full of stunning melodic guitar lines that swirl & coil around that impressive drum & bass progression with ease. Although instrumental throughout, you can actually hear in your head just where the vocal parts should be & for me this lets my imagination run wild and adds to the overall expectancy. Track three ‘Juxta Mare’ explodes onto the musical ether with stunning effect. Musically reminiscent at times to the heavier soundscapes created by ‘Lush, Bleach’ or ‘For Against’, ‘Juxta Mare’ swerves through heady shoegaze inspired peaked crescendos & no nonsense hard hitting post-punk lows. A thundering drum pattern firmly fixed to the earth but holding firm to layered, soaring guitars heralds the arrival of ‘March Hares’, track four on this impressive release whilst track five ‘Ice Age’ has soaring atmospheric flair & hints of experimental ambient post-rock coursing through its inner core. The albums closer ‘Thinking Back’ harkens back to the early 1990’s with its sweet, shimmering guitar lines & cymbal heavy drum progressions. Again you can hear the ‘apparitional vocal line’ quite clearly through the intense but insanely beautiful production.

‘Deardarkhead’ collectively create beautiful, hazy, experimental soundscapes. The band have previously mentioned on various social media sites their desire to employ a vocalist again at some stage in the future. Im not too sure they need to? For me, I just loved imagining the vocal melody as the music looped and soared through every single chord progression & I personally think that instrumentally they have something really special going on.

‘Strange Weather’ gets its official release on 25th March 2016 & is available to pre-order right now from ‘Saint Marie Records’  –

REVIEW: Strange Weather, Atlanta Music Examiner

Presenting February's edition of Chris' Pick Six

February 15, 2016 | Chris Martin

The upcoming record - Strange Weather - is a six song melodious journey down Deardarkhead’s sonic highway. After their lead singer departed in 2009 they reinvented themselves as an instrumental band creating a sound that needed no lyrical input. The band precisely incorporates jangly guitars, pop infused melodies and vociferous rhythms that hook listener’s much in that way a catchy chorus does. The songs have a classic feel, reminiscent of the 80’s which helps with the likability of Deardarkhead’s music. The jangly guitars on “Falling Upward”, the brooding undertones of “March Hares” and the spacey melodies on “Thinking Back” anchor this record and will keep listeners returning to submerge themselves into Deardarkhead’s soundscape.

REVIEW: Strange Weather, The POP! Stereo Review Round Up

Deardarkhead Create Strange Weather

February 9, 2016 | Paul POP!

Deardarkhead’s Mini LP Strange Weather is a six song ethereal journey into the post-shoegazing landscape. This instrumental record is utterly gorgeous and features some of the best guitar work I’ve heard on an instrumental work in a really long time. And while the musicianship on this record is top notch or higher, it’s one of the few atmospheric albums that I’ve heard that would benefit immensely from vocals.

If you ever wondered what the Stone Roses would sound like without Ian Brown, Strange Weather answers that question. It’s a crisp record that jangles, jumps, jams and shimmers in the sunlight. The songs are memorable, danceable, and ready for a vocalist to take them into the stratosphere. Not really post rock, not really ambient, not really anything related to anything similar DDH seems to be a band that simply couldn’t find a vocalist. That being said, if they ever were to find one suited to their tastes Deardarkhead could be a band with an arsenal of killer singles and world domination at their feet. Until then bliss out to Strange Weather and enjoy its post-shoegazing atmospherics.

REVIEW: Strange Weather, Austin Town Hall

Brand New Spanking Deardarkhead

February 5, 2016 | Nathan Lankford

You should already be aware of Deardarkhead, the long-running act of warm noise makers (Captured Tracks) even threw out a retrospective a few years back). They’ve been going strong for the last several years, despite nixing their long-time singer and moving forward as an instrumental act. Oddly, they haven’t seemed to miss a beat, if anything growing stronger as a unit. On this brand new single, I’m a huge fan of the rhythm section, particularly the bass chords that seem to bubble up beneath cascading distorted guitars. There’s movement within the song too, which isn’t always present in instrumental pieces, changing tones and power behind the mix. Their new album Strange Weather will be filled with tunes both startling and soothing; it will be released by the super reliable (and Texas based!) Saint Marie Records on March 25th.

Strange Weather now available for preorder!

We are happy to announce our new recording Strange Weather is now available for preorder on Limited Vinyl, CD, and Digital Download at Saint Marie Records.

Release Date: 3/25/16

Vinyl limited to 250, high quality vinyl gatefold with download card. 100 Black / 150 White with Red Blue and Black splatter

Track listing:

1) Falling Upward
2) Sunshine Through the Rain
3) Juxta Mare
4) March Hares
5) Ice Age
6) Thinking Back

Listen to "Ice Age" over at the Austin Town Hall and read what they are saying about our new release: 

"Strange Weather will be filled with tunes both startling and soothing..."


New DDH song to appear on Saint Marie Records' Static Waves 4


"Juxta Mare", from our upcoming release on Saint Marie Recordswill appear on the label's fourth annual compilation Static Waves 4. It includes tracks from past releases, future releases, remixes, and exclusives all from the Saint Marie roster!

Release Date: 11/27/15

3X CD or MP3 download
33 Tracks
24 Previously unreleased

 Full track listing and pre-order information here.


ps. Listen to a rough demo version of the track on our SoundCloud page.

INTERVIEW: 3/4/15 Wall of Sound 95.3 FM WRGP

Here's a DDH interview Rob did for the Wall of Sound show with DJ Torgo on 95.3 FM WRGP, Florida International University student radio.

DJ Torgo covers local shows and major festivals, airing exclusive interviews alongside the latest (and classic) artists in the shoegaze, psychedelic, and noise rock genres. Be sure to tune into his show, he's playing some great stuff!


Deardarkhead join Saint Marie Records

We are proud to announce that we are now part of the Saint Marie Records family! It's a great label with a wonderful roster of bands and we couldn't be more excited. An ep of recently recorded material will be forthcoming very soon, so stay tuned for more details shortly. 

Until then, here's an insightful interview with Saint Marie Records CEO & Founder, Wyatt Parkins.

Be seeing you,

SHOW: 6/20/14 House of Blues Foundation Room, Atlantic City, NJ


DDH will be at the House of Blues Foundation Room (Showboat Casino, Atlantic City, NJ) on Friday, June 20th with our good friends from the recently reformed Noise Museum, plus Position 9 and Matthew Composer

Come on out and get live and local amid the psychedelic surroundings: FREE SHOW!!!

More event info here...

Be seeing you,

Here are some pictures from the show:

Scenes from Miner Street Recordings

Over Memorial Day Weekend 2014, we recorded 6 new songs at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia, with head engineer and producer, Jonathan Low. We had a great experience. It was challenging, fun, stressful, inspirational, educational, and rewarding all at the same time. Things are sounding amazing, but we still have a bit more mixing to do. Hopefully, we'll have a new release out in the not too distant future! In the meantime, here are some scenes from our session.


DDH return to the studio

It's been a long time, but we are returning to the studio to record a 6-7 song ep!

We will be at Miner Street Recordings, in Philadelphia at the end of May, with Head Engineer, Jonathan Low at the helm. His credit highlights include:

Producer: Bleeding Rainbow, Restorations
Engineer: The National, The Planetarium Project (Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly), Twin Sister, Sharon Van Etten, Marissa Nadler
Mixer: Joan Osborne, Sharon Van Etten, Marissa Nadler, Twin Sister

We will keep you posted with progress updates.

Be seeing you.
Rob, Kevin and Kevin