Writing a song about murder is about as Halloween as Halloween can be. And that’s exactly how Los Angeles project DARK PARTS have chosen to make their mark on the musical world.
DARK PARTS is the multi-media project of songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Brian Cosgrave. He’s initially launching two songs that will be Halloween-themed with additional releases that don’t adhere to any particular – that is with the exception that they are energetic and non-electronic based.
The first is the conveniently named Halloween, which opens up with a cool little bassline that continues alongside lively guitar chords and dual male and female vocals. A funky little riff comes in through a chorus of “In the streets tonight, You’re my ghoul and baby I’m your knife, Oh Halloween. We’ll terrorize the norms, And string them up with nooses tight, On Halloween” then multiple repeats of “On Halloween.”
It’s raw and edgy with appropriately creepy lyrics like the closing verse “Look at all the jack o’lanterns, Lining up the stairs to their door, Look at the surprise on their face, When it’s not treats that we’re looking for, With adrenaline you flee, You best believe this terror is real, When you trip over your feet, And upon you we descend, Until you never see the sky again.” Give it a listen in the video below:
We had a chat with Brian to find out more about the project and get the lowdown on his Halloween themed debut single. Read on below…
GR: Who are Dark Parts?
DP: “Dark Parts is just one person who wanted to create a DIY project where they wrote and recorded everything and made the videos and played all the instruments. They don’t want to define it too much because it’s so new and it’s going to change. But for now, they want to do everything (minus the vocals they write for other people, and having people in videos).
“They’re from the valley. . . outside of LA. They’ve lived in Los Angeles for around 16 years they think. Fuck they’re old.”
GR: You just released Halloween, just in time for, well, Halloween! What should people be expecting from the song?
DP: “The first band I ever sang, played guitar, and wrote words for was a band that played all murder songs called Le Cos (lecos.bandcamp.com). Our shows could have 8-15 people on stage wearing masks and make-up and playing all sorts of instruments and we got a lot of shows around Halloween… if you can imagine that!
“So one late October, we had 5 shows in 7 days and I wanted to write a Halloween song and that is the song you hear… except this version I recorded with myself and one of our ex-vocalists. There’s a version by the original band that will get released one day… along with some other stuff. So yeah, I wanted to write a murder song for Halloween.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
DP: “This song is just a rock n’ roll song about trick-or-treaters killing people. Maybe it sounds like if The Cramps, X, and the Gun Club did a novelty song.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
DP: “I can’t speak to the influences. I used to write about murder, but now I mostly write about other things.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
DP: “I grew up listening to K-Earth 101 and it was oldies like Sam Cooke and Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly and Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin and Ronnie Spector and the Stax fam and the Motown fam and the Muscle Shoals fam, and the Kinks and Beach Boys.
“And then I started listening to Iron Maiden and Metallica and Judas Priest… and then I started listening to Minor Threat and the Descendents and Husker Du and Suicidal Tendencies and Gorilla Biscuits… and then I started listening to Spiritualized and Sleater-Kinney and Cat Power and Built to Spill… and then I started listening to Television and the Dead Boys and the Misfits and the Cramps. And then the Minutemen and the Go-Gos and Death Valley Girls… it’s just endless.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019 and into 2020?
DP: “I’m going to release at least a single and a video a month. No plans to play live at this point.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
DP: “It’s going to change song-to-song. Come with me!”