In my favorite book, Life After God, Douglas Coupland's protagonist is recounting his high school circle of friends 20 years past graduation. "The radio would be turned on, full of love songs and rock music; we believed the rock music but I don’t think we believed in the love songs, either then, or now."
I think about this line a lot as I enjoy music -- the clichéd love songs are sometimes too hard to believe. On the converse, the breakup albums tend to hit close to home. Who hasn't had that longing: the hope that things turn around but the melancholy that comes when a seemingly good thing comes to an end?
Dark Dark Dark -- if the Minneapolis band's name wasn't enough of an indication -- are masters of this feeling. It's expressed lyrically, but even more so in the tone of their music and in Nona Marie Invie's voice. At first listen, you might think of a younger Aimee Mann but the band has carved out its own unique sound. Tuesday's performance is presented by Sezio at the very unique and intimate Luce Loft in East Village with Emily Wells opening the show.