London based rockers The Dark Light are an ‘international band’ in the best sense of the word – with members from all corners of the Globe: Gerard Edwards – voice – Liverpool, UK, Sonny Moylan – bass – East London, UK Roberto Cicorella – guitar – Bari, Italy, Gorka Ibañez – drums – Basque Country (community of Spain). Unsurprisingly this means that Brexit is a huge deal for them and it has inspired their latest single Glory Days (out now). Strange times. We asked singer Gerard Edwards about this, and more, in a Take 5…
When did you realise that you wanted to be a music artist? What or who has inspired you?
Aged 18, getting my first guitar for Christmas. I know that’s old for a first instrument, but I think it helped me to have a different attitude towards music and performing. I got sunglasses for the Xmas the year before, so that tells you a bit. I always sang whilst driving my rubbish little first car around – with no stereo – and dreamed of singing on stage properly. It wasn’t until a few years later that I thought, “if I learned to play the guitar too – maybe I could actually do it”. Eventually, I learned enough chords, played in pubs, whilst I sang to hide my sinful guitar playing. If I’m honest, I’m inspired by the passion and the talent of the three other lads in our band at present. It’s amazing to watch them create.
Who, living or dead, would you dream of collaborating with?
John Lennon. Who wouldn’t? But I would watch exactly how he runs through his process of starting with nothing on a piece of paper, to a crafted and deep and meaningful song. Also, he said something to the effect of, “I’m an artist, give me a tuba, I’ll get you something out of it”. I’ve always wondered if he’d make it sound fantastic – or paint it to look like Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’.
Tell us about your single ‘Glory Days’ – what is the song about?
Let me explain…it’s a biggie, so hold onto your hat. Our guitarist is a sophisticated Italian, we have an energetic drummer who is Basque, the quick-witted bassist is an East End lad (Dagenham really), and I’m originally from Liverpool. In the same years we have been based as a band in London, the UK as an institution has had a tough few years. As we are a mixed bunch in the band, we thought we could pen a song that didn’t focus on the ‘I’m right and you’re wrong’ debate, or pull any political punches, but rather exist as a song that people could enjoy together – no matter what side of an argument you’re on. It’s metaphorical in nature, as the lyrics are based around somebody who has lived a tough life and is near the end, worried about dying before they got the answers they wanted. Eventually, we decided to give the song away as a free download for 24 hours – on what would have been Brexit Day, October 31st.
Tell us five things you love about the city you live in, and why……LONDON:
It’s always busy. Some people dislike that, but it keeps your mind busy.
The public transport – most of the time, it works. Also, it’s a great feeling getting around a city without driving…in my humble opinion.
Each area is so different to the next. A tube ride here or there and you could be in another universe.
Lots of different cultures. Variety is the spice of life, as they say.
Playing to a busy venue in London can feel electric.
What are you most looking forward to this year?
We’ve got another few singles to come out in 2020, as well as a busy festival season. We play some gigs across Italy and Spain half way through the year too. In non-musical terms, I’m not looking forward to everyone making the same joke about how clearly they can see ‘now that it’s 2020’.