Darko are a five-piece frenzy of hi-octane melodic hardcore punk, with the ability to bring the party to life, both on and off stage.
Channeling the technical skill of Protest The Hero, the colossal choruses of Four Year Strong and the brutality of Slayer into a sound that’s got more in common with Pennywise, A Wilhelm Scream and Propagandhi, Darko specialise in melodic, finger-tapped guitar intricacy, woven into an explosive strain of skate-punk.
Darko are respected for their incendiary live shows, which has enabled them to build a passionate fanbase across the globe. Although they hail from the leafy suburbs of Guildford, any weekend will find them making festival appearances around Europe, or touring as far afield as Japan and Australia.
Their critically acclaimed debut album Bonsai Mammoth was released on Lockjaw Records and Bird Attack records in February 2017, following a series of themed EPs, including Sea of Trees and From Trust To Conformity.
Bonsai Mammoth is an album that’s packed full of all the satisfying choruses, mosh-pit moments and gang-vocal sing-a-longs that you’d expect from a fun-filled Darko live performance. Expect layers of mind-bending, racing guitars above impactful songwriting, a heart-racing, versatile rhythm section, and Dan Smith’s signature coarse vocal delivery.
Strung Out, Propagandhi, A Wilhelm Scream, No Trigger, Pennywise, Thrice, Rise Against, Heartsounds, Anchors, Trails, The Flatliners, Heartsounds, While She Sleeps, Arcane Roots
- Dan Smith – Vocals
- Chris Brown – Guitar
- Rob Piper – Guitar
- Karl Sursham – Bass
- Andy Borg – Drums
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What is everybody saying?
“Melodic and heavy, fast and intricate, Darko plays furious melodic hardcore in incendiary live shows.” – FRONT Magazine
“Alright, let’s just get this out there for everyone: this band is composed of some SERIOUS rippers.” – Dying Scene
“Darko match A Wilhelm Scream act perfectly for on-stage energy, shredability and a hard-working but fun attitude. Darko never give less than 110% live and they always have the best time doing it.” – Shout Louder