Yesterday, Rolling Stone magazine reviewed Beware of Darkness' just-released video, All Who Remain. But on Sunday evening, we saw them performing live here in Sacramento, at the Ace of Spades, last date of their current tour, ending a very-musical and successful year in which the indie-rock band saw their first album released ("Orthodox"), tours with Skunk Anansie and Smashing Pumpkins, nominations as best new band (Classic Rock Magazine), and performances at the UK festivals in Reading and Leeds.
Their show on Sunday just made me want to continue hearing and seeing more of them. From the first time seeing them at Aftershock 2012, and then hearing Orthodox, and again live this week, their talent just continues to grow. Kyle Nicolaides unmistakable voice leads the three-man band through rock ("Howl") to something as quietly beautiful and solo as "Hummingbird"--a range of tempos and melodies that most bands wouldn't dare after ten years on the road.
Yet here we have three young men--Nicolaides with vocals, lead guitar, and keys, Daniel Curcio so tranquil on bass, and Tony Cupito like Animal on drums (and yes, that is the ultimate drummer compliment).
If you need a last-minute Christmas gift for someone, go buy them Orthodox from your usual online store. It's not too late. For all your music-lover friends... rock, indie, R&B... heck even the Leonard Cohen fans will get a kick from the lyrics.
Seriously... this is a band with a future. Keep listening.
Thank you guys for another wonderful show. Hope to see you again soon.
For more pictures from the show at Sacramento's Ace of Spades on December 22nd, see http://alisontoon.com/bewareofdarkness2013