Vicious Romance

by Dark Blue

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After three releases in 2014, Philadelphia’s Dark Blue return with two songs about blue collar depression in a changing Philadelphian landscape for their debut 7″ on 12XU. While the previous releases hinted at the pop tendencies of Dark Blue, this new single finally embraces them fully.

A-side “Vicious Romance” finds leader John Sharkey III coming to grips with letting go of an unsustainable dream. Whether that dream be romantic love , or the idea the “romantic” dream a certain country paints only to instead cause pain, grief, and bloodshed to Palestinians and Arab Jews. It’s a love song in the highest order and with all great love songs, it stays in your head and leaves you breathless.

Flip-side “Delco Runts” is a love (or hate) letter to Delaware County. As Sharkey explains, “It’s a place that toughens you fast. Far harder to succeed than Philadelphia proper. The peril is real but unassuming to the initiated. It’s crushed your chances of being a real person before you even know it.” If you ever wondered what it might be like if Oasis, Discharge, and John Cale got pissed and started a band together, “Delco Runts” is your answer.

Dark Blue is the sound of unrelenting confidence in a bleak world. We are lucky to have them to remind us that we can still make it through it all.


released January 15, 2016

John Sharkey III - Voice, Guitars
Andrew Mackie Nelson - The Bass Guitar
Mike Sneeringer - The Drums



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Dark Blue Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Led by that charismatic crooner of a hometown sports fanatic, John Sharkey III (Clockcleaner, Puerto Rico Flowers) the trio Dark Blue might be the group Philadelphia has been waiting on for quite some time. It’s a sound that is both malevolent and ethereal; like a throng of boot boys interfering on a night of good fun at the Hacienda in the late 80’s. So shine your boots and join the swarm ... more

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