This feature and performance originally appeared on VOID’s site in February 2019. 

When North Florida heavies Darkhorse Saloon dropped by the Void offices to lay down some tracks, we were certain that a tastefully belligerent set of riff-heavy rock n’ roll was imminent. Knowing the Saloon boys as well as we do—they appeared in our first ever issue—we did our best to prepare our humble, exposed-ceiling-and-concrete-walled space for the pulsing basslines, heavy riffage, and lead singer Michael Fitzgerald’s primal yowl. 

At one point, we asked drummer Carl Nishiyama if he might curb his drumming enthusiasm, and play at about 75% volume to account for the sound issues we would undoubtedly encounter if the band cranked it to their traditional 11. Judging by the look on Nishiyama’s face, you would’ve thought we told him we were out of beer (see: he was not happy). In any event, he didn’t oblige our request and the boys ripped through three tracks from their nearly decade-spanning catalogue of tunes, including one from their newest release, Moth—with the volume cranked to about 15. Click play to see/hear DS strip the paint off our walls!

0:00 Eagle
5:18 Listen Carefully
11:20 Speed

Produced by: Matthew Shaw
Film/Edit: John Massey
Sound Engineering/Mixing: Glenn Van Dyke
Presented by: TacoLu