Dark Times springs from the elusive Black Hole Crew (Haust, Okkultokrati and more), and has – with only a 7″ and a demo cassette – achieved a high standing in the Oslo Underground. The band has been hailed by NME and Brooklyn Vegan and is the first Norwegian band ever to be profiled in the American punk-rock bible Maximum Rocknroll.
The band consists of guitarist/lead singer AK and drummer Rikke, who both have a history of working in student radio. Barytone guitarist Sebastian Rusten is also a notable illustrator, with artwork for several Okkultokrati-releases as well as Dark Times’ first 7″.
Produced by Pål Bredup of Okkultokrati and Haust, their second 7″, Girl Hate, is pure musical passion and fire. Four short, precise tracks where nothing gets in the way of their agenda. The group’s stylish monochrome and precise blend of nowave, noise rock and hardcore punk have led to comparisons to Black Flag and the early output of bands like Sonic Youth, Mudhoney and PJ Harvey. Untouched by the arch-norwegian ideal of nitpicking and competence, Dark Times’ fierceness will excite any fan of hard, raw rock.