Dark Station

Dark Station is a newcomer from Southern California, US, that didn’t waste any time at all and started working on their debut album straightaway. Grande Rock had a chat with vocalist Nathan Spades about the origins of the band, the debut release and their music influences, among other interesting things. Read more below…
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Hi Nathan and welcome to Grande Rock. First of all, do give us a few details about Dark Station. When was the band formed and under which circumstances?
N: Most of the members were from Behind The Fallen, except for myself. I had only recently joined BTF for a short period of time. They all decided to start working with former BTF founding member, Kyle Ort. Guess who they asked to be the singer? It took me a while to come around. I didn't know where my head was at. Everything turned out great though, so here we are.
How did you come up with the name Dark Station?
N: Our producer and fellow mate Gus actually pitched it to us one night while working on the album. We loved it. It fit us really well, and we are all proud of it.
Which are the band’s main influences and how would you describe your music style to those who haven’t heard the band yet?
N: I would say Metallica, Breaking Benjamin, My Chemical Romance, and Avenged Sevenfold are some bigger influences on us. Our sound is something that I haven't really found a way to describe yet. Just check it out, and then you can decide if you like it.
Even though you’re a new band, you didn’t waste any time and you started working on your debut album right away. Did you have a specific plan on your mind on how to do things regarding your debut release?
N: We had no idea of what we were trying to make or any hint of a direction. That’s what makes it odd. We literally “pooped” this album out. We couldn’t be happier with it though.
Did you search for any music labels to work with? Did you have in mind to release your debut independently?
N: We definitely had it in our minds to do this independently.

What does the album title “Down in the Dark” declare?

N: “Down in the Dark” actually came from the opening line of our song “Villain”. It fits the vibe we were going for and it just kind of acts as an introduction to Dark Station. An invitation to all the dark parts of our musical minds. 
Where did the recordings take place and who did the production, the mixing and the mastering?
N: Augustus Cryns did all of the above. The recordings took place at his studio in North Hollywood.
You released 4 singles and videos over the last 4 months. How did this promotion idea work for you? Do you plan to release any other music video anytime soon and for which track?
N: The plan we had set for this worked remarkably. The results weren’t ground breaking, but they were much more than expected. It would most likely be “Ryse” or “New Age” that we would put out a video for.
Do give us a hint about each track…
N: “Ryse”: Revolution…
“Heroes”: Media Manipulation…
“New Age”: Social Isolation…
“Villain”: Venom…
“No Life”: D.R.U.G.S…
“Obvious”: Unhealthy relationships…
“Hollow”: Self originality…
“Misery”: HQ + Joker…
“Ghost”: Perfect Relationships…
“Locked On”: Self Motivation…
“Visions”: Who are you?
What are your expectations from your debut album and what do you wish to achieve with Dark Station over the next years?
N: We hope the album really puts us in a good spot on the map. We hope to tour the record, so we can make another one.
Do you have any touring plans that you can announce? Do you plan to give any live shows, in the US first?
N: We don’t have anything at this current time. Yes, we do plan on getting something going for the US until we can afford to travel overseas to tour.
How different are things music-wise nowadays? How are things in the metal scene in comparison to the 90s and the 00s?
N: I feel like, there isn’t as much organics to a lot of sounds now. I’ve noticed though, that people have been really mixing it up since then, and it’s great to see.
OK, time for our “weird questions”!!! Which music kind can’t you bear to listen to at all?
N: J-pop!
What are those things that you do not like in the music industry nowadays?
N: Scumbags.
If you found a genie in a bottle and you only had 3 wishes what would they be?
N: I would wish to end Greed, Hate, and Poverty.
Top 3 scary movies of any era?
N: “Halloween”, “House of a Thousand Corpses” and “Lights Out”.
Is there a particular book you can’t recommend enough?
N: “Lord of the Rings”!
Which are the top 3 Alternative Metal albums of all time according to you?
N: I wasn’t extremely into metal… or what somewhat consider real metal, maybe Kyle has input on this.
Kyle: When I think of alt-metal, I think of Slipknot’s first record, Mudvayne’s “L.D. 50”, and Korn’s debut album.
Fill in the phrase… “Alternative Metal wouldn’t have evolved the way it did, if it hadn’t been for…”
N: I would say Metallica, AC/DC and Motley Crue…
Who is the sexiest female Rock Star of all time?
N: Hayley Williams.
Which do you consider to be the best female & male vocalist in rock/metal history?
N: I would say Chester Bennington, and I really don’t know who to choose for a female vocalist, I feel like I don’t know enough of them.
Which is the record you wish you had written and why?
N: “3 Cheers for Sweet Revenge” by My Chemical Romance. It’s one of my biggest influences.
Which is the composer/songwriter who influenced metal music the most?
N: Maybe Ozzy Osbourne.
If you had the opportunity to invite any musician, living or dead, to play on your album whom would you choose and why?
N: I would probably say Freddy Mercury. He had so much strength and range.
If you had the chance to travel in time… where would you choose to go? To the past or the future and why?
N: I would choose to go to France in the 1950’s. I would have loved to see Paris in that time.
Were you obliged to give just one album to extraterrestrials that would represent the whole human music, which album would it be and from which band/artist?
N: Probably Vanilla Ice’s album.
Imagine that your girlfriend/wife/life partner is selling your whole album-collection just to buy an expensive ring for herself. How would you react?
N: I wouldn’t be with someone that selfish.
Thx for talking to Grande Rock Nathan. Say anything you feel like saying before we close. Take care dude!
N: Thanks for having me, it’s been great! Don’t forget to visit our website, here, where you can see or hear our music/videos, join our email listing, get the album, and purchase merchandise. Take care!