The Bathtub EP

by Darkes & Charlies

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"With an aesthetically alluring style, Darkes & Charlies brings back the auditory nostalgia of the 80’s, combining analog synths, feel-good kick drums, and smooth basslines to carry a classic, euphoric ride to the ears. “The Bathtub EP” is the first release from this Texas quartet, crafted from the lands of northeast Texas. This five-track release is a pleasant introduction to the band, unearthing another prime example of 21st century indietronica as it blasts the psychedelic soundworlds of groovy new wave and feel-good synth pop. With a rich focus on light-hearted melodies and witty songwriting, Darkes & Charlies leaves us craving more of their satisfying, harmonic handiwork.

Standing at just over fifteen minutes long, the very first glimpse at Heath Redmond’s passion project features Heath himself jamming with his guitar, Dustin Williams grooving on the Bass, Rachel Rice bringing electronic vibes on the synth, and James Owens making old school beats on the drums. Additionally, guest singers Micalyn Rowe, Dustin Williams, and Spencer Nelson add their earcandy voices to the mix. Although considerably short, each track boasts an enjoyable uniqueness spread across a variety of musical styles, reminiscing to the neon skylines of today’s ever-growing vaporwave movement. As if the music itself could cause the listener to instantly transmogrify a DeLorean from thin air and ride it through the clouds over nighttime LA, this groups first release is impressively stylish. Break out the record player and give this dreamy experience a listen, for the creamy bass and thick synths can turn any space into a chillaxing, audio adventure."
- Nick Sumbles

"Purple neons and lavish electronics is what forms a vital part of luftmensch duo Darkes & Charlies latest five-piece called Bathtub EP. Picking similar trends as Moonrock Slush and New Arcades, the duo falls into candied pop, electronic and indie hot tub where with all the steaminess, instincts and loosed nerves they set the urge for the tarantism. Frankly, such mutability embosoms to be a big treat."
- Cloudberry Mornings

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released October 21, 2016

Written by Heath Redmond
Mixed and Mastered by James Owens

Guest vocalists:
Micalyn Rowe on Instinct, Mica in a Chair
Dustin Williams on Names & Numbers
Spencer Nelson on Mica in a Chair

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Darkes & Charlies Greenville, Texas

Darkes & Charlies is a pop band from north east Texas. We want to make you feel ways.

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Track Name: Names & Numbers
You wake me from my repose.
When you walk, oh everybody knows,
What you want is not hard to explain.
You just want to be entertained.

You go where the money goes. You know what the money knows.
Your'e caught in names and numbers, Watch me go down under.
I've had my share of feelings. You've had your share of dealings.
Between the names and numbers, you have your pick of demons.

(Group vocals) Cash! Brand names! Spend! Money!

Your'e in another dance,
Holding hands with another man.
It's only been a couple days.
I don't understand.
Because your'e the one that came to me in what seemed to be a last ditch frenzy.
I gave you a second chance not knowing what you'd be doing.

(Chorus)

(Chorus)
Track Name: Mica in a Chair
I see the ground and you see the sky
Let's cross paths and stay a night
So grab my hand and hold on tight
You see my soul wherever you go
Love is gleaming from your face and takes me to a better place

Love aint in the air
She's sitting over there
She cares for a lost daydream
Love just runs through her bloodstream

Mica in a chair
She's playing with her hair
Keeps me safe when I'm afraid
She takes off my masquerade

I don't mind it when you're a little psychotic because I know you care
You don't hide it I can tell exactly how you feel even when words aren't there

Love aint in the air
She's sitting over there
She cares for a lost daydream
Love just runs through her bloodstream

Mica in a chair
She's playing with her hair
Keeps me safe when I'm afraid
She takes off my masquerade
Track Name: Instinct
Dreaming things like this, it's dangerous.
Catch feelings so quick, but I can't quit.
Deep inside I'm disaster inclined,
But I guess I'm tripping on this.
My ideas are tearing me apart,
But I guess that's how I live

Instinct, It's what comes first. For better or for worse.
Instinct, The chemicals derive from the need to stay alive.

I can't see the seed. I see the skin.
Too scared to embrace adrenaline.
Somewhere I'm trying to stand a chance
Against the world and romance.
Programed to behave a certain way,
And not get caught inside the waves

(Chorus)

Impulse running through my veins, just to keep this world sustained.
Call it peace of heritage. It is an innate trait vestige.
Track Name: Sanctuary
I'll feed my monsters to the strings
I'll give my shame up to the screen
If that is what it takes to keep on living
I'll drop my chains upon the floor
I'll leave them right outside the door
If that is what it takes to keep on giving

In my sanctuary the only time where I am fine and I don't have to bleed
or pay out in my wellness where I don't have to resist
I won't drown inside this town where everybody stays pissed

And I never get to breathe the minute that I catch my breath I always have to leave
The best I can hope for is that when there's a closed door I can be the king for a moment and then I've gotta be poor

In my sanctuary
Where what might not just could be
In my sanctuary
Where what might not just could be

Impervious to tainting my chapel is a painting an art a high a muse that gets me by
The plain and simple truth is what's real the rest's a lie
And I never wanna leave I've made my mind that making art is all I can conceive
The people try and talk but I can't seem to hear
Love this hate that it's ringing in my ears but

In my sanctuary
Where what might not just could be
In my sanctuary
Where what might not just could be
Track Name: This is a Dangerous Game We're Playing
I always seem to find the worst place to be around when it's late
Sitting in a car with a group of hoodlums
Or standing in a crowd that moves in a drunk stupor eyes dilate
They take in the afterglow of our world's asylum

Because we're running around just to see
What the bets are saying
They always say this is a dangerous game we're playing

I would've never touched a gun
I would've never tried to run
But the world is saying games are fun you probably want more
And I hate the way I sound
When my mind is not around
But the world is trying to get me lower that I've ever been before

This is a little town that can't seem to keep a beat evil streets
Teaching little kids that there aren't solutions
To fill their human fix that doesn't fix anything anchoring
Truths inside their head they sink in absolution

Because we're running around just to see
What the bets are saying
They always say this is a dangerous game we're playing

I would've never touched a gun
I would've never tried to run
But the world is saying games are fun you probably want more
And I hate the way I sound
When my mind is not around
But the world is trying to get me lower that I've ever been before

This is a dangerous game we play
The things that I love cause me to decay
Just as the sun starts to fade away
I feel my senses yearn to betray

This is a dangerous game we play