Ask Earache: Did Earache Really Try To Sign Darkest Hour?

Posted: January 15, 2015 in Ask Earache
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From 2005 through March of 2013, Digby Pearson of Earache Records ran an “Ask Earache” blog in which fans could ask Dig anything Earache related.  Since Dig no longer keeps the blog active, I’ve decided to highlight some of the more interesting questions here.

This week’s question:  Did Earache really try to sign Darkest Hour?  The version events I heard was that they were friends with a US label staffer who tried to get them on Earache, but said staffer left to go to A-F records and so Darkest Hour went to Victory.  Interestly, Darkest Hour gave A-F their first two EPs to reissue in 1999 because of their friendship with the guy who worked there who was ex-Earache.

Dig’s Answer:  This sounds pretty true to me.  The staffer will be Jorge.  He was an Earache employee in late 90’s in our NYC office and, like most of the staffers, being fans of new heavy music, they would suggest bands all the time to myself.  As the label boss, I am the one with the ultimate power of veto over signing bands to the label. Darkest Hour I remember – at that time – were just a bad At the Gates clone to my ears.  We are superbly picky at this label about bands we sign, they really have to have something fresh to offer, in my opinion.

Well in hindsight, you could say I was a moron (again!) to pass on Darkest Hour – D’oh!!- that it was a mistake since Darkest Hour have built up a massive following and sold extremely well for Victory.  The bands main influences according to their website are Carcass. At the Gates and Entombed- all bands we’d done in the 90’s, who did it first, and better imho.

So if Jorges label Anti-Flag did the early EP’s on CD then that’s great, more power to them for picking up a cool band.  I wish I had listened to Jorge!

Judge For Yourself – here is Darkest Hour doing Demons.

You can read more of the Ask Earache columns here.



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