This week is a significant one for Sheffield band Darke Horse.
On Saturday the four-piece rock outfit will launch their EP, Trouble, with a celebratory performance on the Leadmill’s main stage.
And Trouble’s an apt title.
The EP’s single and title track is about the perils of being tempted outside of a long term relationship, according to frontman Simon Kaviani.
And, like any long term relationship, it’s been no mean feat - The EP’s the culmination of several years’ grafting as a band, pouring any spare cash back into the music, as Kaviani explains.
“We’ve been at it for six years but I’ve seen so many bands come and go. Everyone thinks you have to be 18 or 19 to get signed but actually I would have hated to be that age and in a band. I wouldn’t have been ready.”
Musically the album’s also about muscle, with lots of heavy riffs and sexy licks - a sound Kaviani says is absent in contemporary rock and pop music.
“There are a lot of ‘scream’ bands but that’s a different style to us. But as far as a ‘rock’ sound goes - in the style that we do - there is a real lack of it. The music we play harks back to the 70s and 80s. It’s not ‘poodle hair’ 80s style rock and roll, it’s more rock for the big stage.”
Indeed, Darke Horse’s ambitions are as bold as their sound, as he explains. “I’ve always said that I want to be the biggest band on the planet and there is no plan B with us. All the bands I’ve been impressed with, like AC/DC and Muse, are big stage acts. We are big and want to play big stages.”
And that big stage apprenticeship starts at the Leadmill, this Saturday, supporting fellow Sheffielders Roaming Son.