Right at Home | I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness

“There’s no sort of contrivance to making dark and moody music. It’s just what comes out of us,” Robert said. “When we were growing up, we were as much into Van Halen as anything else.”

 

 

It doesn’t happen. It’s easy to see that I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness—a band name that could quickly fill this 300-word profile if used liberally and left un-acronymed—is about that darkness (not the Justin Hawkins–fronted band), the vest of night between 1 and 2 a.m. that is as soulless as it is soulful. This distinction is made rather quickly, and it really curtails the quips.

“We don’t get as many as you might think,” bassist Edward Robert said.

ILYBICD (still lengthy in this streamlined form) predated the leopard-print leotard-wearing Brit rockers—beginning in 2001—and will, in all likelihood, post date them with a debut full-length this month on super-power indie label Secretly Canadian.

“We’ve been working it for quite a while,” Robert said. “We weren’t in a really big hurry to put something out. We didn’t want to shit out a half-baked record.”

The Austin band enlisted the help of friend and compatriot Britt Daniel of Spoon to take up producing duties for Fear Is on Our Side, a dozen songs of torching shades that might or might not detonate. Most don’t, but they always feel as if they could. Daniel has been a backer of the band for years, taking them on short regional tours and attempting to introduce them to a wider audience.

“There’s no sort of contrivance to making dark and moody music. It’s just what comes out of us,” Robert said. “When we were growing up, we were as much into Van Halen as anything else.”

This will be the umpteenth time the group will play South by Southwest, the week-long spectacle of music, BBQ that’s the closest thing to a miracle that any of us will ever see, and free beer that swallows its fair city.

“We’ve played almost every year since we’ve been a band. I honestly don’t remember them all,” Robert said. “It’s just a bigger pain to load in and load out.

“I think it’s definitely already hit the maximum. With the Morrissey show, who knows how many blow jobs you’re going to have to give to get into that one.”

 

 

 

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