“The sound of a revolution,” is how Chris Prenter describes the music of Darklight Corporation. “We want it be a full-on assault on the senses. It’s ‘wake up, sit up and take notice’.” Musically, Darklight Corporation sounds like the lost lovechild of Nine Inch Nails and Mudvayne, conceived on the couch of Slipknot and brought up by the Prodigy. Hard, heavy and industrial, Darklight Corporation still retains a pop-influenced simplicity. The guitar-based rock is injected with dance / electronica to create a sound that’s melodic but never fluffy. Accessible – for those who like music with a wrecking-ball riff. The debut album – simply, Darklight Corporation - is released in December 8th 2008, and will be distributed and marketed through Isaac Promotions. That will be followed by a national tour during summer. The band is already getting airplay on the Rock FM’s hard rock show Ax Attack. Host Paul Martin has been playing singles from the album since June and says “Darklight Corporation takes the bull by the horns and kicks its ass! Unafraid to tread new sonic ground they push all the right buttons and herald a dark and gritty new approach for grunty NZ music.
” Darklight Corporation formed in early 2008 when Prenter met Brazilian frontman Fabio Santos. They discovered ‘a mutual love of everything heavy – including ourselves,’ said Prenter. They started writing songs together, and were joined a few months later by drummer Rhys Fuller and bass player Elliot Chao. For Prenter, the ‘sit up, take notice’ quality to the music is about more than merely noise. As encapsulated in the single One Man Revolution, the band aims to combat the complacency – and complicity – of modern life. ‘Don’t be sucked into the bullshit – wake up, look at what’s going on and think for yourselves,’ he says of the band’s political stance. Together the foursome have recorded the nine-track album (including a sizzling cover of the Prodigy’s Smack My Bitch Up). The first two singles, Ramrod 69 and Lockdown deal with relationship ups and downs in a typically intense way. They will be followed by the more political One Man Revolution and Nailbomb. “People looking for truth and substance in their music,” is how Prenter sums up the Darklight Corporation audience. They’d also need a taste for crushingly intense songs catchy enough to stay on the brain long after the music’s finished.