Everyone needs a little company when it`s dark... We are profuse and acclaimed songwriters. Our music is mostly crafted of hard rock, entombing dangerous words.

ALBUMS:

Signmaker (1991)

Rage in Heaven (1992)

Alien Heat (1993)

Can of Worms (1993)

Ghost of the Art (1994)

Drifting Stars (1994)

Mind Dance (1999)

Old Hands (2000)

Benign Inquisition (2001)

Bad Habits (2008)

Noir (2010)

A for Acronym (pending)

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by Dark Company
Released 11 months ago
Rock, Alternative Rock, Reggae, Electronic, Indie Rock, Noir, Experimental, SoundScape, Dance & EDM, Trance, Hard Rock, Soundtrack, Art Rock, Outsider Music
Golden Eye by Dark Company. Album: Rage in Heaven Download: https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/golden-eye Lyrics by P. Greatorex. Music by G. Davies/P. Greatorex/J. Willmot. Recorded at Silent Running Studios, Exeter, by George Davies, 1992. Remastered at Wud Records 2012. Copyright © 2012 Wud Records. Copyright ℗ 1992 D & G Music/Explicit Music. Performers: Peter Greatorex – vocals George Davies – guitars, sequencing Jeff Willmot – sequencing GOLDEN EYE Somebody’s leaning on my “Mine’n’Me” monitor Breaking off the flow from the floor I’ve got such a laid back character With much less it gives me more Living inside a golden eye Living inside an eye-yi-yi Living inside a golden eye Living inside an eye-yi-yi Tarbaby’s smiling at my old thermometer Cutting up on my peace pipe smoke I got such a rare disease I just can’t quite see the joke Living inside a golden eye Living inside an eye-yi-yi Living inside a golden eye Living inside an eye-yi-yi Sitting down there on my checkerboard chair Wasting away the hot house hours I can see the back of the scenery Wrapped around with them Nightshade flowers Living inside a golden eye Living inside an eye-yi-yi Living inside a golden eye Living inside an eye-yi-yi Corporation cleaning on my sleepy nite streets Sweeping up the dust of the day I got such a carefree stare You won’t think I care what you say Living inside a golden eye Living inside an eye-yi-yi Living inside a golden eye Living inside an eye-yi-yi Fun Facts: This song is in the key of Fm. George plays the guitar parts on the Ice Maiden. Most of the sequencing was done using the TG33. It’s possible to play this whole song as a one-chord song by playing Fno3rd. Sometimes the F is major and sometimes minor. You can hear the differences in George’s guitar licks as well as the chords. See also: https://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company https://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company/rage-in-heaven/ https://www.explicitmusic.co.uk/lyrics-information/dark-company/rage-in-heaven/golden-eye Socials: https://twitter.com/Dark_Company https://www.facebook.com/Dark-Company-154909774522910/ https://twitter.com/WudRecords
by Dark Company
Released 11 months ago
Rock, Alternative Rock, Electronic, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Dance & EDM, Trance, Metal, Soundtrack, Pop, Elektro-Rock, Art Rock, Outsider Music
Stimulants by Dark Company. Album: Rage in Heaven Download: https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/stimulants Lyrics by P. Greatorex. Music by G. Davies/P. Greatorex/J. Willmot. Recorded at Silent Running Studios, Exeter, by George Davies, 1992. Remastered at Wud Records 2012. Copyright © 2012 Wud Records. Copyright ℗ 1992 D&G Music/Explicit Music. Performers: Peter Greatorex – vocals George Davies – guitars, sequencing Jeff Willmot – sequencing STIMULANTS Technicolour clouds, soft sun melting by Hysterical intrusions through the heavy sky Mile high smiles, chemical kissing games Solo dawns, all the very same And it’s all coming round again And it’s all coming round again Darkened shadows, bare light breaking down Danceable solutions echo from the ground Carpetbaggers overload the town Shifting faces set into a frown And it’s all coming round again And it’s all coming round again And it’s all coming round again And it’s all coming round again And it’s all coming round again And it’s all coming round again And it’s all coming round again And it’s all coming round again And it’s all... Fun Facts: This song is in the key of Bm. George plays the guitar parts on the Ice Maiden. Jeff played the synth solo that separates the guitar solo into two parts. The band discovered some beautiful vocal harmonies for this song after it had been finished. A new version complete with the harmonies may be forthcoming sometime in the future. See also: http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company https://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company/rage-in-heaven/ https://www.explicitmusic.co.uk/lyrics-information/dark-company/rage-in-heaven/stimulants Socials: https://twitter.com/Dark_Company https://www.facebook.com/Dark-Company-154909774522910/ https://twitter.com/WudRecords
by Dark Company
Released 1 year ago
Rock, Alternative Rock, Electronic, Jazz, Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Noir, Funk, Soundtrack
Crash (EastEnders RMX) by Dark Company. Album: Signmaker Download: https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/crash-eastenders-rmx Lyrics by Peter Greatorex. Music by G. Davies/P. Greatorex/J. Willmot/R. Holloway/M. Greatorex/G. Barbe. Recorded at Silent Running Studios, Exeter, by George Davies, 1991. Remastered at Wud Records 2010. Copyright © 2010 Wud Records. Copyright ℗ 1990 Pig Pen Music/Explicit Music. Performers: Peter Greatorex – vocals George Davies – guitars, organ, Boss DR220A, EDP wasp, samples Jeff Willmot – bass CRASH No more candid picture shows Just soap bubble opera’s shallow glows They tell me it’s a story about my life To just ignore what I don’t like It’s so real I must live like that Script in my pocket and a ticket in my hat We gotta stop We’re gonna crash Life is money you can’t pay back Life is money you can’t pay back No more cracks in the temple walls Next week’s episode will save us all Your mirror becomes a TV tube What was reflection now is a view The face you see is not your own It spends its time in someone else’s home We gotta stop We’re gonna crash Life is money you can’t pay back Life is money you can’t pay back No more thoughts in a lazy way They scream from the glass: “We’ll make your day!” I believe it’s true because it’s on the screen But you can only see what they have seen We’re all plugged in to one beating heart Life don’t begin until the programme starts We gotta stop We’re gonna crash Life is money you can’t pay back Life is money you can’t pay back Fun Facts: Essentially this song is identical to Crash except for one extra track of samples and some sounds from the Wasp on the reel-to-reel machine. All the samples were taken from the soundtrack of a single omnibus episode of Eastenders which was broadcast on British terrestrial TV during December 1991. The sampling was done using the Alesis Quadraverb Plus, which has a maximum sample length of just 1.55 seconds. This song was Alien Heat’s set opener, although sadly no recordings of the Alien Heat version still exist. The key for this is Bm, and when George went to entertain the folks of Plymouth with his acoustic guitar he used to play this sliced together with another Dark Company song called Ulysses (which later became an Ug Brothers song called Paperchase). This was the first song that Jeff played bass on for Dark Company. All the guitar dirt is natural Marshall overdrive. George had just had the thing revalved and spent around 45 minutes playing strictly feedback, until Pete appeared and asked him politely to stop. The guitar parts were recorded shortly after that. George and Richard wrote the organ part in George’s Haldon Road bedsit one day when Richard came to visit with his keyboards. Whatever contributions Marc and Graham made to the writing of this song are now lost in the mists of time, although they receive a small credit here nevertheless. See also: http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company/signmaker/ https://www.explicitmusic.co.uk/lyrics-information/dark-company/signmaker/crash-eastenders-remix Socials: https://twitter.com/Dark_Company https://www.facebook.com/Dark-Company-154909774522910/ https://twitter.com/WudRecords
by Dark Company
Released 1 year ago
Rock, Alternative Rock, Electronic, Jazz, Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Noir, Funk, Soundtrack
Crash by Dark Company. Album: Signmaker Download: https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/crash Lyrics by Peter Greatorex. Music by G. Davies/P. Greatorex/J. Willmot/R. Holloway/M. Greatorex/G. Barbe. Recorded at Silent Running Studios, Exeter, by George Davies, 1991. Remastered at Wud Records 2010. Copyright © 2010 Wud Records. Copyright ℗ 1990 Pig Pen Music/Explicit Music. Performers: Peter Greatorex – vocals George Davies – guitars, organ, Boss DR220A, EDP wasp Jeff Willmot – bass CRASH No more candid picture shows Just soap bubble opera’s shallow glows They tell me it’s a story about my life To just ignore what I don’t like It’s so real I must live like that Script in my pocket and a ticket in my hat We gotta stop We’re gonna crash Life is money you can’t pay back Life is money you can’t pay back No more cracks in the temple walls Next week’s episode will save us all Your mirror becomes a TV tube What was reflection now is a view The face you see is not your own It spends its time in someone else’s home We gotta stop We’re gonna crash Life is money you can’t pay back Life is money you can’t pay back No more thoughts in a lazy way They scream from the glass: “We’ll make your day!” I believe it’s true because it’s on the screen But you can only see what they have seen We’re all plugged in to one beating heart Life don’t begin until the programme starts We gotta stop We’re gonna crash Life is money you can’t pay back Life is money you can’t pay back Fun Facts: This song was Alien Heat’s set opener, although sadly no recordings of the Alien Heat version still exist. The key for this is Bm, and when George went to entertain the folks of Plymouth with his acoustic guitar he used to play this sliced together with another Dark Company song called Ulysses (which later became an Ug Brothers song called Paperchase). This was the first song that Jeff played bass on for Dark Company. All the guitar dirt is natural Marshall overdrive. George had just had the thing revalved and spent around 45 minutes playing strictly feedback, until Pete appeared and asked him politely to stop as the neighbours were having palpitations. The guitar parts were recorded shortly after that. George and Richard wrote the organ part in George’s Haldon Road bedsit one day when Richard came to visit with his keyboards. Whatever contributions Marc and Graham made to the writing of this song are now lost in the mists of time, although they receive a small credit here nevertheless. See also: http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company/signmaker/ https://www.explicitmusic.co.uk/lyrics-information/dark-company/signmaker/crash Socials: https://twitter.com/Dark_Company https://www.facebook.com/Dark-Company-154909774522910/ https://twitter.com/WudRecords
by Dark Company
Released 1 year ago
Rock, Alternative Rock, Electronic, Indie, Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Noir, Dance & EDM, Trance
Lookin' Bad by Dark Company. Album: Rage in Heaven Download: https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/lookin-bad Lyrics by Peter Greatorex. Music by G. Davies/P. Greatorex/J. Willmot. Recorded, engineered and mixed at Silent Running Studios Exeter 1992. Remastered at Wud Records Studio One. Copyright © 1992 Wud Records. Copyright ℗ 1992 D & G Music/Explicit Music. Performers: Peter Greatorex – vocals George Davies – guitars, sequencing Jeff Willmot – bass, sequencing LOOKIN’ BAD Lookin’ bad, tricky and sad Smile came in with what he had The dark-faced joker makes you pine for love Even though you know you’ve got enough Brewin’ a storm, sticky and warm The dress she wears says you’d best be gone What she got in mind for the midnite hour Is you, sweet boy, for a night-time flower It’s lookin’ bad, lookin’ bad Oh, oh, oh, it’s lookin’ bad Ringin’ the bell, can’t see too well I can tell there’s trouble by the smoky smell Your fine friend the doctor’s a-fading fast If you’ve got a wish you’d better make it your last Take your hand while you can Keep it well away from the monkey man I know lots of habits that can make you cold But there isn’t any cure for growing old It’s lookin’ bad, lookin’ bad Oh, oh, oh, it’s lookin’ bad Walkin’ around facin’ the ground Shot-away sugar’s in the lost and found Lucky charm loser’s changed another face Emotional cripple’s come to take your place You’ve got to run, leave it undone Eros got his arrow notched on ‘stun’ Gotta be the last time you empty out your face Or some Easy Rider sheriff’s gonna get on your case It’s lookin’ bad, lookin’ bad Oh, oh, oh, it’s lookin’ bad It’s lookin’ bad, lookin’ bad Oh, oh, oh, it’s lookin’ bad Fun Facts: This song is in the key of E. George plays all the guitar parts on the Ice Maiden. Jeff's bass is played rather than sampled. There are two bass tracks, the other one being from the Akai S900's basic Tone Program. See also: http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company https://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company/rage-in-heaven/ http://www.explicitmusic.co.uk/lyrics-information/dark-company/rage-in-heaven/lookin-bad Socials: https://twitter.com/Dark_Company https://www.facebook.com/Dark-Company-154909774522910/ https://twitter.com/WudRecords
by Dark Company
Released 1 year ago
Rock, Alternative Rock, Indie, Hard Rock, Blues
Animal House by Dark Company. Album: Signmaker Download: https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/future-sadness-past Lyrics by P. Greatorex. Music by G. Davies/P. Greatorex. Recorded, mixed and produced by George Davies at Silent Running Studios Exeter, Autumn 1991. Remastered at Wud Records Studios 2010. Copyright © 2010 Wud Records. Copyright ℗ 1991 D & G Music/Explicit Music. Performers: Peter Greatorex – vocals, harmonica George Davies – guitars, bass, Boss DR220A drum machine ANIMAL HOUSE I don’t truck no garden stones Ain’t got a lawn full of little old gnomes Don’t grow roses round my gate No alarm clock rings cos I sleep real late Savings and loan sharks aren’t for me Ain’t got a boat floating on the sea All I wanna do is just be me I ain’t got a number two car Ain’t even bought the first so far Watching TV I don’t get to do Ain’t got a tube in my room with a view Don’t whack balls with a little bitty stick Only drink brandy when I’m sick You can call me slow but don’t call me thick Habitat furniture ain’t got in my home Telephone table’s no good with no phone Suits and ties from the charity store I help the aged more and more First class travel means you’re keeping dry My hotel roof is a piece of sky And it ain’t no good to ask me why And it ain’t no good to ask me why And it ain’t no good to ask me why And it ain’t no good to ask me why Fun Facts: This song is in the key of E. In order to produce the ‘banjo’ effect, George tied a soft cloth around the strings of Nicodemus and pushed the cloth right up to the bridge to kill all the sustain. Don Wills played a track of slide guitar that was not used in the final mix. The slide guitar track that was used was recorded on Marcus’s Arbiter guitar which had a particularly high action. This instrument was tuned to an open D major chord. All the guitars were plugged straight into the desk. Originally this song was going to be an Alien Heat song but the band never managed to get around to making any music to go with the lyrics. The main riff in the intro is stolen from a song that George wrote about a girlfriend who caused him disgruntlement. In order to squeeze all the drum beats that were needed into this song, the drum machine had to be run at 214BPM, although the true tempo is probably 107BPM. See also: http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company/signmaker/ http://www.explicitmusic.co.uk/lyrics-information/dark-company/signmaker/animal-house Socials: https://twitter.com/Dark_Company https://www.facebook.com/Dark-Company-154909774522910/ https://twitter.com/WudRecords
by Dark Company
Released 1 year ago
Noir, Experimental, SoundScape, Soundtrack
Future Sadness Past by Dark Company. Album: Signmaker Download: https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/future-sadness-past Lyrics by P. Greatorex. Music by G. Davies/P. Greatorex/J. Willmot. Recorded, mixed and produced by George Davies at Silent Running Studios Exeter, Autumn 1991. Remastered at Wud Records Studios 2010. Copyright © 2010 Wud Records. Copyright ℗ 1991 D & G Music/Explicit Music. Performers: Peter Greatorex – vocals, cigarette lighter, Fast Fret tin George Davies – guitar Jeff Willmot – bass FUTURE SADNESS PAST Slow light, runway from the sun So right, time and times are done We must pay the price for fun Until we have Night Man on the run Slow light, MacBeth witches’ brew Best seen from some distant view We know, do what you have to do It’s an icy night we must all live through Now we rage against the cold sky Now we hate tomorrow Now we say we will try To kill the birds of sorrow To kill the birds of sorrow Fun Facts: This song was written using just the two stringed instruments, an Alesis Quadraverb and a few pipes of some extraordinarily good gear. Although a few subsequent attempts were made to record this song using the reel-to-reel machines, this live version was by far the best. It is lifted straight off a rehearsal cassette on the day when it was written. George plays Nicodemus on this song for the beautiful icy ringing of the strings when played beyond the bridge and the nut. An acoustic version of this song emerged a few years after the original. It is based around an Em9 chord, exactly the same chord as the start of Ship to Shore. The tempo of this song is somewhere between 0.25 and 7 500 000 BPM. Mostly though it is 0 as there are no beats at all until Pete starts fiddling with his lighter by the mic and then tapping the Fast Fret tin, reminiscent of the clicking of dry bones echoing from inside a fog over the darkened River Styx. See also: http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company/signmaker/ http://www.explicitmusic.co.uk/lyrics-information/dark-company/signmaker/future-sadness-past https://twitter.com/Dark_Company https://www.facebook.com/Dark-Company-154909774522910/ https://twitter.com/WudRecords
by Dark Company
Released 1 year ago
Rock, Alternative Rock, Progressive Rock, Jazz, Indie, Noir, Soundtrack
Astrologer by Dark Company. Album: Signmaker Download: https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/astrologer Lyrics by P. Greatorex. Music by G. Davies/P. Greatorex. Recorded, mixed and produced by George Davies at Silent Running Studios Exeter, Autumn 1991. Remastered at Wud Records Studios 2010. Copyright © 2010 Wud Records. Copyright ℗ 1991 D & G Music/Explicit Music. Performers: Peter Greatorex – vocals George Davies – guitars, bass, Boss DR220A drum machine, EDP Wasp Rowena Parsons – tenor sax, flute Sammi Lock – flute ASTROLOGER The planets run their course and then Make signs we cannot read The stars of choice they got no voice Just wink and dumbly plead When dawnlight speaks from out the dark Of night’s grim cloak of ice All the telescopes of the scientists Don’t help them to be wise And I hear rainbows climb the sky Coloured tears from Heaven’s eyes I taste sunlight’s yellow wine See black night fade back into time Mystic men write words that flame To banish Satan’s lies The human race must join the chase Instead it just slips and slides On special days weird omens come Judged by blind-eyed priests But the tribes of man like grains of sand Pray only for release And I hear rainbows climb the sky Coloured tears from Heaven’s eyes I taste sunlight’s yellow wine See black night fade back into time The planets run their course and then Make signs we cannot read The stars of choice they got no voice Just wink and dumbly plead When dawnlight speaks from out the dark Of night’s grim cloak of ice All the telescopes of the scientists Don’t help them to be wise And I hear rainbows climb the sky Coloured tears from Heaven’s eyes I taste sunlight’s yellow wine See black night fade back into time Fun Facts: This song is in the key of E. When George wrote out the score for the sax parts, it had six sharps due to being in F# on the sax. Row was somewhat wide-eyed when she saw the score as concert E major is not the best key for tenor saxophone. The guitars were recorded straight into the desk. Although it worked fine on keys, the sax part in the choruses had too many notes to make sense, so every other one was dropped. Pete wrote the words for this during August 1991 whilst on holiday in Bexhill and informed George of its manifestation by postcard. This song is played at 112BPM. Chords for verses are E-Emaj7-Bm9-Bm7. Chords for choruses are Am7-B7-Am7-B7. The intro chords are E, Am, F#m11 and Bm11. Astrologer was later performed on the streets of Prague by Dr Watson and was also used by George during his English lessons when he worked as a TEFL teacher. An attempt was made at converting this song into a Cubase sequence a couple of years later, the results of which were a somewhat twee sounding ditty that could be a splendid theme tune for a TV programme for very young children. That particular arrangement of the song became one of the bonus tracks of the Signmaker album. See also: http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company/signmaker/ http://www.explicitmusic.co.uk/lyrics-information/dark-company/signmaker/astrologer https://twitter.com/Dark_Company https://www.facebook.com/Dark-Company-154909774522910/ https://twitter.com/WudRecords
by Dark Company
Released 1 year ago
Rock, Alternative Rock, Progressive Rock, Indie, Classic Rock, Hard Rock., Noir, Adult Contemporary
Second Sight by Dark Company. Album: Signmaker Download: https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/second-sight Lyrics by P. Greatorex. Music by G. Davies/P. Greatorex. Recorded, mixed and produced by George Davies at Silent Running Studios Exeter, Autumn 1991. Remastered at Wud Records Studios 2010. Copyright © 2010 Wud Records. Copyright ℗ 1991 D & G Music/Explicit Music. Performers: Peter Greatorex – vocals, harmonica George Davies – guitars, bass, Boss DR220A drum machine, EDP Wasp SECOND SIGHT Suicide swords of Samurai awarded for mistakes Give blessed absolution if you’ve got what it takes Certain kinds of solitude with memories are fused Valleys filled with shadows will dream up an excuse He’s a charismatic man He’s a Judas in a can He’s a pocket-prophet poppet With dreams made out of sand Jagged edge of jealousy, green-eyed prize of hate Grants a spiky shelter that mustn’t go to waste And the weapons of the warriors, priceless with their pain Make cutting out a heart an easy change of game He’s a charismatic man He’s a Judas in a can He’s a pocket-prophet poppet With dreams made out of sand Charismatic man, Judas in a can Charismatic man, Judas in a can The labours of great Hercules weigh down many books Blindness to their meaning is no excuse not to look In ancient days a shaman made a watch out of the sun These days more important that he knows how to use a gun He’s a charismatic man He’s a Judas in a can He’s a pocket-prophet poppet With dreams made out of sand Fun Facts: The lyrics for this song were written in September 1991. The key is Cm and the tempo is 116BPM. This song was the second song that Dark Company finished recording. Along with Killer, this song initially received highly positive acclaim from the Guild of International Songwriters and Composers. The original widdly-widdly guitar solo had a few more pauses in it but Pete and Row preferred it to be full on, so outvoted, George re-recorded it and made unspeakable mutterings. It was during the recording of this song that we discovered how unreliable the timekeeping of the Wasp’s random sample hold function was. Pete did a fantastic job on the harmonica. See also: http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company/signmaker/ http://www.explicitmusic.co.uk/lyrics-information/dark-company/signmaker/second-sight https://twitter.com/Dark_Company https://www.facebook.com/Dark-Company-154909774522910/ https://twitter.com/WudRecords
by Dark Company
Released 1 year ago
Rock, Alternative Rock, Reggae, Indie, Noir, Soundtrack
Killer by Dark Company. Album: Signmaker Download: https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/killer Lyrics by P. Greatorex. Music by G. Davies/P. Greatorex/R. Parsons. Recorded, mixed and produced by George Davies at Silent Running Studios Exeter, Autumn 1991. Remastered at Wud Records Studios 2010. Copyright © 2010 Wud Records. Copyright ℗ 1991 D & G Music/Explicit Music. Performers: Peter Greatorex – vocals George Davies – guitars, bass, Boss DR220A drum machine Rowena Parsons – tenor sax KILLER Learning is a clock with only one hand Dreaming is a beach with speaking sands Knowledge is a vice that grips a man And Cain was a killer that didn’t understand Wisdom is a yo-yo with a broken string Time is a bird that cannot sing And you can’t stop the rain with anything Except love Wanting is a boat that doesn’t know the sea Needing is a pain that hurts to be free Waiting is a lock that doesn’t have no key And Cain was a killer that could have been me Wisdom is a yo-yo with a broken string Time is a bird that cannot sing And you can’t stop the rain with anything Except love War is a sore that won’t go away Night is a bruise on the skin of day Children are the reason that you say you’ll stay And Cain was a killer who got clean away Wisdom is a yo-yo with a broken string Time is a bird that cannot sing And you can’t stop the rain with anything Except love Teachers are people who shoot at sparks Lessons are knives that shine in the dark Sins are boats on the lake in the park And Cain was a killer right there at the start Wisdom is a yo-yo with a broken string Time is a bird that cannot sing And you can’t stop the rain with anything Except love Fun Facts: This song is in the key of Am. During the recording of the sax part, Row played a fabulous blort which caused much giggling and can be heard on the ‘out-takes and blorts’ page at Wud Records. Unfortunately much of the giggling cannot be heard. This was the very first Dark Company song that was completed. It received highly positive acclaim from the Guild of International Songwriters and Composers, before going on to become a well-loved Dark Company classic. Due to unfamiliarity with the gear, the DBX on the TSR8 was switched off for the recording, causing a most horrendous amount of hiss. This was later fixed with cunning use of gates and aural exciters. The song was written in August 1991 and is 110BPM. The guitars were recorded straight into the desk rather than using an amplifier. See also: http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company/signmaker/ http://www.explicitmusic.co.uk/lyrics-information/dark-company/signmaker/killer https://twitter.com/Dark_Company https://www.facebook.com/Dark-Company-154909774522910/ https://twitter.com/WudRecords
by Dark Company
Released 1 year ago
Rock, Alternative Rock, Electronic, Indie, Noir, Experimental, Dance & EDM, Trance
Under the Hill by Dark Company. Album: Rage in Heaven Download: https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/the-forger Lyrics by P. Greatorex. Music by G. Davies/P. Greatorex/J. Willmot. Recorded, engineered and mixed at Silent Running Studios Exeter 1992. Remastered at Wud Records Studio One. Copyright © 1992 Wud Records. Copyright ℗ 1991 D & G Music/Explicit Music. Performers: Peter Greatorex – vocals George Davies – guitars, sequencing Jeff Willmot – sequencing UNDER THE HILL Now we are under Aubrey’s hill Mannequins holding time so still I’m alone beneath the trees and then I move Gliding on the ice of Winter’s mood I sit and wonder like a dove Three dreams from Heaven are enough I’m angry by the lake and then I walk Lean against the walls and hear them talk I’m alone beside myself and never see What everybody else says I should be I’m alone beside myself and never see What everybody else says I should be Until time and times are done No gold apples ripen in the sun I’m careless by the sea and then I fly Shell pressed to my ear, it whispers “Why?” I’m alone beside myself and never see What everybody else says I should be I’m alone beside myself and never see What everybody else says I should be In sorrow there is no reward Salt tears turn into a sword I’m free beneath the Moon and then I dance With joy in every slyly sideways glance I’m alone beside myself and never see What everybody else says I should be I’m alone beside myself and never see What everybody else says I should be Fun Facts: This song is in the key of Am and is 120BPM. George plays the guitar parts on the Ice Maiden. “Aubrey’s Hill” refers to the artist Aubrey Beardsley. See also: http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company/rage-in-heaven http://www.explicitmusic.co.uk/lyrics-information/dark-company/rage-in-heaven/under-the-hill https://twitter.com/Dark_Company https://www.facebook.com/Dark-Company-154909774522910/ https://twitter.com/WudRecords
by Dark Company
Released 1 year ago
Rock, Alternative Rock, Progressive Rock, Jazz, Indie, Noir, Emo, Jazz & Blues, Theatrical & Moody
Armed & Dangerous by Dark Company. Album: Signmaker Download: https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/armed-dangerous Lyrics by P. Greatorex. Music by G. Davies/P. Greatorex/S. Lock/J. Willmot. Recorded, mixed and produced by George Davies at Silent Running Studios Exeter, Autumn 1991. Remastered at Wud Records Studios 2010. Copyright © 2010 Wud Records. Copyright ℗ 1990 D & G Music/Explicit Music. Performers: Peter Greatorex – vocals George Davies – electric and acoustic guitars, bass, Boss DR55A drum machine Sammi Lock – flute Jeff Willmot – soprano sax Rowena Parsons – tenor sax ARMED & DANGEROUS In the circus there’s a uniform for fun The love they got is fired from clownish guns But it’s so dangerous Armed laughter changing us Warmed up with a yellow paper sun Each act in line comes right in on cue Bringing our emotions into view And it’s so dangerous Armed laughter changing us Next time bring your mind along with you There’s a pistol in my smile It shoots grins for miles and miles But look into my eyes The reflection’s saying goodbye Outside the ring we sit and blankly stare Nobody but our own selves in the chair But it’s so dangerous Armed laughter changing us Close your eyes and no-one knows you’re there With animals such tricks are neatly made They nod and wink in terminal parade It’s oh so dangerous Armed laughter changing us Into their souls we think we can invade There’s a pistol in my smile It shoots grins for miles and miles But look into my eyes The reflection’s saying goodbye Fun Facts: This song is very closely related to The Joker as they both share the same tune in the verses. George considered this tune-sharing conundrum a challenge and set about making this song and The Joker appear to not be all that similar after all. The original guitar parts came from a groove that George wrote whilst living in Plymouth. The tempo is 150BPM. When Sammi first heard this song, she sat and thought for a moment, then suddenly said: “I think here it should go like this,” and played the instrumental flute parts. During this recording we discovered that giggling and playing the flute are reasonably incompatible activities due to one’s inability to form the correct shape with one’s lips to blow anything resembling music from the silvery pipe. It took three or four weeks of visits and prolonged outbreaks of the giggles all round before Sammi finally nailed the parts. This was the most joyously memorable aspect of the entire recording of the Signmaker album. The 12-string was made by Melody. George acquired it by swapping a pair of jeans with ripped knees for it, a deal with which he was most chuffed. Some years later the guitar was destroyed by the boot of a drunken Satan’s Slave at an Ug Brothers after-show party (harumph). Jeff borrowed the soprano sax from Chrissie and recorded his parts before becoming a more permanent Dark Company member. The bass for Armed & Dangerous had already been recorded when he arrived. Guitars were plugged straight into the desk. George used the lyrics for this song in a fiendishly difficult English lesson when working as a TEFL teacher. When he ran seminars for other TEFL teachers on The Use of Music in the Classroom he would set the lesson’s tasks to groups of teachers, and even they would struggle with it. Pete wrote this song about the circus and enforced jolliness. George felt that it was about the unwanted and resented child whose role in life was to be its parent’s performing monkey, e.g. “aren’t I clever because isn’t my little Johnny clever”. To correctly spell the title of this song, an ampersand must be used. George and Jeff each produced a dub remix of this song, available as bonus tracks. Thus it came about that the ampersand would be used for & co, the remixing arm of the Dark Company project. See also: http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company/signmaker/ http://www.explicitmusic.co.uk/lyrics-information/dark-company/signmaker/armed-dangerous https://twitter.com/Dark_Company https://www.facebook.com/Dark-Company-154909774522910/ https://twitter.com/WudRecords
by Dark Company
Released 1 year ago
Rock, Alternative Rock, Electronic, Noir, Dance & EDM, Trance
The Forger by Dark Company Album: Rage in Heaven Download: https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/the-forger Lyrics by P. Greatorex. Music by G. Davies/P. Greatorex/J. Willmot. Recorded, engineered and mixed at Silent Running Studios Exeter 1992. Remastered at Wud Records Studio One. Copyright © 1992 Wud Records. Copyright ℗ 1991 D & G Music/Explicit Music. Performers: Peter Greatorex – vocals George Davies – guitars, sequencing Jeff Willmot – sequencing THE FORGER Never missed a chance to make A lighter look, a happy fake So the masterpiece it was forged A different name can’t make it more So it’s short in antique years Do you like what you see and hear Or are you some scientific son? If it don’t measure up do you come undone? Are you some scientific son? If it don’t measure up do you come undone? Never walked a crooked mile That stayed so straight all the while So the picture didn’t fit the view Though the TV man said: “Yes, it do!” It’s more paste than precious gem Good enough for a close-up friend Or are you some scientific son? If it don’t measure up do you come undone? Are you some scientific son? If it don’t measure up do you come undone? Never missed a time to lie Just to see a gem-bright eye So the real emotion it was false But you can’t be nobody else So reality it isn’t real Then what you see is what you steal Or are you some scientific son? If it don’t measure up do you come undone? Are you some scientific son? If it don’t measure up do you come undone? Or are you some scientific son? If it don’t measure up do you come undone? Are you some scientific son? If it don’t measure up do you come undone? Fun Facts: This song is in the key of F#m. George plays the guitar parts on the Ice Maiden straight into the S900, although there are some sweet guitar passages in the live version. The bassline for this song has killed speakers! When the song was written, Jeff played the chords on keys whilst Pete was singing, then rather like Geddy Lee from Rush, changed to play bass in between the vocals. See also: http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company/rage-in-heaven http://www.explicitmusic.co.uk/lyrics-information/dark-company/rage-in-heaven/the-forger https://twitter.com/Dark_Company https://www.facebook.com/Dark-Company-154909774522910/ https://twitter.com/WudRecords
by Dark Company
Released 1 year ago
Rock, Alternative Rock, Electronic, Progressive Rock, Indie, Classic Rock, Dance & EDM, Trance, Hip-hop & Rap
Sacrifice by Dark Company Album: Rage In Heaven Download: https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/sacrifice Lyrics by P. Greatorex. Music by G. Davies/P. Greatorex/J. Willmot. Recorded, engineered and mixed at Silent Running Studios Exeter 1992. Remastered at Wud Records Studio One. Copyright © 1992 Wud Records. Copyright ℗ 1992 D & G Music/Explicit Music. Performers: Peter Greatorex – vocals George Davies – guitars, sequencing Jeff Willmot – sequencing SACRIFICE Sand blown up from the desert makes faces on the wall Endless beach of sunset holds me in its thrall And I can’t seem to sleep or wake from this dream And I can’t seem to find what anything means I just watch the world throw away what I keep I just watch the world throw away what I keep I just watch the world throw away what I keep I just watch the world throw away what I keep Crowds that have but one head stumble around the town Opinions of the Doctor say that Heaven’s lost its crown And I can’t seem to walk, or talk of what I wish And I can’t seem to see the reason for a kiss I just watch the world throw away what I keep I just watch the world throw away what I keep I just watch the world throw away what I keep I just watch the world throw away what I keep Fumes snake across my ceiling, the writing is so plain Surely someone tomorrow will see I’m not to blame I can’t seem to move or undo this knot And I can’t seem to use what it is that I’ve got I just watch the world throw away what I keep I just watch the world throw away what I keep I just watch the world throw away what I keep I just watch the world throw away what I keep I just watch the world throw away what I keep I just watch the world throw away what I keep I just watch the world throw away what I keep I just watch the world throw away what I keep Fun facts: This song is in the key of Cm. This song was one of the last things Rowena ever jammed along to, hence the saxophone riff. George plays the sampled guitar parts on Nicodemus and the recorded guitar parts on the Ice Maiden. See also: http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company/rage-in-heaven http://www.explicitmusic.co.uk/lyrics-information/dark-company/rage-in-heaven/sacrifice https://twitter.com/Dark_Company https://www.facebook.com/Dark-Company-154909774522910/ https://twitter.com/WudRecords
by Dark Company
Released 1 year ago
Rock, Alternative Rock, Reggae, Electronic, Progressive Rock, Jazz, Indie, Classic Rock, Noir, Dance & EDM, Funk, Folk & Singer-Songwriter
Last Train to Heaven by Dark Company. Album: Rage in Heaven Download: https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/last-train-to-heaven Lyrics by P. Greatorex. Music by G. Davies/P. Greatorex/J. Willmot. Recorded, engineered and mixed at Silent Running Studios Exeter 1992. Remastered at Wud Records Studio One. Copyright © 1992 Wud Records. Copyright ℗ 1992 D & G Music/Explicit Music. Performers: Peter Greatorex – vocals, full-scale harp George Davies – guitars, sequencing Jeff Willmot – piano, sequencing LAST TRAIN TO HEAVEN It’s the last train to Heaven And this is Midnite calling Sleep slipped out the window To where the stars are falling And the Sandman points a finger And the shadows begin their crawling This is the last train to Heaven And this is Midnite calling How many miles to Babalon? Three score mile and ten… Will I get there by candlelight? Yes, and back again… And the Joker shuts his eyes And the dream begins to end This is the last train to Heaven And it won’t call again Well, it’s the last train to Heaven And this is Midnite calling Moonlight minds the night time Rides while day is walking Lights the way to Paradise And dawn lets in the morning It’s the last train to Heaven And this is Midnite calling How many miles to Babalon? Three score mile and ten… Will I get there by candlelight? Yes, and back again… And the Joker shuts his eyes And the dream begins to end This is the last train to Heaven And it won’t call again Fun Facts: This song is in the key of G. Pete plays the harmonica parts on a full-scale harp which simply would not do concert pitch no matter how many hammers we bashed it with. It was a popular acoustic number when performed by Dr Watson and in George’s TEFL classes. Most of the sequencing is played on the Yamaha TG33. The clicky guitar that we wish was considerably quieter is a sample. See also: http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company/rage-in-heaven http://www.explicitmusic.co.uk/lyrics-information/dark-company/rage-in-heaven/last-train-to-heaven https://twitter.com/Dark_Company https://www.facebook.com/Dark-Company-154909774522910/ https://twitter.com/WudRecords
by Dark Company
Released 1 year ago
Rock, Alternative Rock, Electronic, Progressive Rock, Jazz, Indie, Classic Rock, Noir, Dance & EDM, Trance
Terminal Road by Dark Company Album: Rage in Heaven Download: https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/terminal-road Lyrics by P. Greatorex. Music by G. Davies/P. Greatorex/J. Willmot. Recorded, engineered and mixed at Silent Running Studios Exeter 1992. Remastered at Wud Records Studio One. Copyright © 1992 Wud Records. Copyright ℗ 1992 D & G Music/Explicit Music. Performers: Peter Greatorex – vocals George Davies – guitars, sequencing Jeff Willmot – bass, sequencing TERMINAL ROAD Flares burning, night stars turning The jugglers and the clowns of the circus are returning And the ghost of the hunter doesn’t stay any longer He’s killed all the old things to make himself younger Smoke rolling, red fires melting The kings and the clerks of the money streets are running And the sign of the soldier has been eaten by a creature The world doesn’t need violence for a teacher Here on Terminal Road We’re on Terminal Road Here on Terminal Road We’re on Terminal Road Lamps bleeding, rain clouds twisting The mechanics and the mayors of the small towns are missing And the mark of the beast is getting much clearer It’s right up close and getting weirder and weirder Flags flowing, colour fields glowing The jokers and the knights of the past are cloning And the shadows of the moon paint darkened faces With a mere mirrored light that midnight chases Here on Terminal Road We’re on Terminal Road Here on Terminal Road We’re on Terminal Road Fun Facts: This song is in the key of Dm. George plays the guitar parts on Nicodemus. Jeff played his bassline into the S900 and parts of it were used throughout the song. When the band were to play live, the plan was to perform this song as the very last one so that they could leave the stage with just the machines working away. Dark Company also played a version of this as an acoustic reggae number with a shuffly 6/8 feel. See also: http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company/rage-in-heaven http://www.explicitmusic.co.uk/lyrics-information/dark-company/rage-in-heaven/terminal-road https://twitter.com/Dark_Company https://www.facebook.com/Dark-Company-154909774522910/ https://twitter.com/WudRecords
by Dark Company
Released 2 years ago
Rock, Alternative Rock, Electronic, Electro, Trance, Classic Rock, Heavy Funk, Shred Guitar, Funk Bass.
Spoiler by Dark Company. Album: Rage in Heaven Download: https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/spoiler Lyrics by P. Greatorex. Music by G. Davies/P. Greatorex/J. Willmot. Recorded, engineered and mixed at Silent Running Studios Exeter 1992. Remastered at Wud Records Studio One. Copyright © 1992 Wud Records. Copyright ℗ 1992 D & G Music/Explicit Music. Performers: Peter Greatorex – vocals George Davies – guitars, sequencing Jeff Willmot – bass, sequencing SPOILER We knelt and prayed by the Walls of Wind Sinners that have lost the will to sin An army of the wild-eyed and the lost Itching with the truth and what it cost We looked through all the cracks in Heaven’s walls Mankind in there he looked so very small We stood and walked to the Doors of Light Artists that have left their canvas white A sweet crowd of the haunted and the damned With knowledge of the Sea and of the Land. We looked through all the cracks in Heaven’s walls Mankind in there he looked so very small We sat and talked with the Gods of Sound Fighters that have put their weapons down A regiment that’s fixed and now is free Blinded with the fact that we can see We looked through all the cracks in Heaven’s walls Mankind in there he looked so very small We slept and thought of the Holy Ghost Sailors that dreamt only of the coast A navy of ships that had one name Captained by Fortune’s brother, Fame We looked through all the cracks in Heaven’s walls Mankind in there he looked so very small Fun facts: This song is in the key of Dm. George plays the guitar parts on the Ice Maiden and the solo on Nicodemus. Jeff actually played his bass on this song. The rhythm track on the sequencer was used by Jeff for a great variety of strange remixes and subditties. Appropriately, the filename on the Atari was BEATS4IT.ALL! Spoiler in this sense is about e.g. reading the last page of a novel first, rather than e.g. assisting the aerodynamics of dodgy old hatchback. See also: http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company/rage-in-heaven http://www.explicitmusic.co.uk/lyrics-information/dark-company/rage-in-heaven/spoiler https://twitter.com/Dark_Company https://www.facebook.com/Dark-Company-154909774522910/ https://twitter.com/WudRecords
by Dark Company
Released 2 years ago
Rock, Trance, EDM, Alternative Rock, Reggae, Electronic, Electro, Indie, Trance Rock, Metal, Crossover, Shred Guitar
Medicines by Dark Company Album: Rage In Heaven Download: https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/medicines Lyrics by P. Greatorex. Music by G. Davies/P. Greatorex/J. Willmot. Recorded, engineered and mixed at Silent Running Studios Exeter 1992 Remastered at Wud Records Studio One. Copyright © 1992 Wud Records. Copyright ℗ 1992 D & G Music/Explicit Music. Performers: Peter Greatorex – vocals George Davies – guitars, sequencing Jeff Willmot – bass, sequencing MEDICINES I can see that dark-set face Hands crawl by fingering fate Parsely, sage, rosary of time Herbs to heal the modern mind A wounded lover with a clockspring heart Hears not the Heavens only metal stars Drinks the liquor of certain flowers Is released from lust to count the hours There inside a secret garden There inside a secret garden Night’s sweet hush is for us all No creeping thing is too small Wings and webs a mottled map Dawn will take the empties back A solo soldier with a gunmetal head Hears only the music of the marching dead Drinks the liquor of certain flowers Is released from lust to count the hours There inside a secret garden There inside a secret garden Writhing vines climb the hill Where we stand so very still Columbine perfumed dark The whitest flowers an eternal spark A parish priest with a Bibled mouth Speaks unnoticed of God and Doubt Drinks the liquor of certain flowers Is released from lust to count the hours There inside a secret garden There inside a secret garden Fun facts: This song is in the key of A#. George plays the guitar parts on the Ice Maiden. Jeff played his bassline into the S900. When Pete sang the melody to George for the first time it took him ages to decide which of the multitude of different possibilities to go with. There are two simultaneous guitar solos at the start of the song, both of which were recorded on the first take. Pete was initially sceptical about the whispered vocal. Various acoustic versions of this later appeared with the song transposed down to A. It was performed by The Bastard Sons of Dennis and Dr Watson and used as a teaching resource by George in his TEFL classes. Some of the bassdrum and snare parts were recorded by randomly bashing keys and then quantising. It produced some remarkably pleasing results. See also: http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company http://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/dark-company/rage-in-heaven http://www.explicitmusic.co.uk/lyrics-information/dark-company/rage-in-heaven/medicines https://twitter.com/Dark_Company https://www.facebook.com/Dark-Company-154909774522910/ https://twitter.com/WudRecords