Introducing Dark Blue, a trio from Philadelphia consisting of John Sharky III, Andrew Mackie Nelson, and Mike Sneeringer. Their new single “Here on my Street” is a melancholy yet romantic punk anthem that brings forth a sense of nostalgia for those of us who love 80’s post-punk. This is an exciting ear tease towards their upcoming album release titled Pure Reality out October 7th via Jade Tree.
Being called the best baritone since Joy Division’s late Ian Curtis by the Village Voice is such a superb way to describe John Sharky III’s deep and brooding voice. It really is uncanny how similar his voice is to Curtis’. This English post-punk era inspired band has had such an interesting beginning with most of the lyrics being inspired by Sharky’s time spent living abroad as a nightwatchman in Canberra, Australia.
Sharky admits, “I refused to allow myself to get on the graveyard sleep schedule, so I would walk around in a shot-nerves psychosis every night patrolling a desolate university campus in north Canberra. A good portion of these songs were written in this walking coma at 4 am under the cold ACT moon. Alone and to be quite honest, comfortably beleaguered.”
Jump forward two years and Sharky is back in Philadelphia culture shocked and bemused by all the high energy surrounding him in the city. These two worlds of solitude and frenzy combine to make “Pure-Reality.”, available for streaming for below.