dark below is a hard-hitting heavy rock band that brings intense energy into their music and live performances while delivering upbeat songs that people can sing along to. Formed in Columbia, MO, the band signed with Nashville-based JPS Productions in 2014.
The current range has been around since 2016 and includes Josh Campbell (Guitar/Vocal), Josh Grove (bass/backing vocals), and Quin Koldan (Drums).
New Single”Tensewas produced by Jason Schrick and award-winning producer Malcolm Springer (Matchbox 20, Collective Soul, Fear Factory). After years of preparation, the band is ready to hit the national stage and beyond.
The song features driving riffs and thunderous drumming supporting smooth vocals that provide comfort amidst the chaos of existence. Explaining the genesis of ‘Tense’, Campbell says, “The song is about health anxiety/hypochondria and describes the feelings and struggles associated with illness.
We want people to know that it’s okay not to be well and that we all have times of stress, doubt and worry. We’re lucky to have this creative musical outlet to help express those emotions and we hope it resonates with fans.”
The video was directed by Juan Ibanez (Ashland, The Many Colored Death) and it was filmed at his studio in St. Louis, MO. Performance videos are common these days, but Dark Below wanted to make “Tense” special. Here’s Josh Campbell on the experience of making his first music video:
“I think the main thing that struck me was how hot it was. Once everything was set up and ready to go we had to wait a bit as it was so humid there was fog in the room.
Going into production I was quite nervous as I hadn’t been involved in a project before, but Juan was really great to work with and helped us get comfortable by just being laid back and telling us not to worry about making mistakes.
I admit that making the video was a hell of a workout. With the heat and having to play the song over and over again, giving it my all, it definitely wasn’t easy!
Dark Below grew out of a Craigslist article Josh Campbell wrote looking for musicians for a hard rock band. Josh Grove was friends with the band members and was hanging out at a rehearsal one day. Grove was a guitarist – but after hearing Campbell and the original drummer talk about the need for a bassist, he volunteered to try.
Campbell says “I didn’t really want to sing originally but we couldn’t find anyone, so with me singing and playing guitar, Grove on bass and the original drummer, we started playing in the area of Columbia”. After the original drummer left the band, Quin Koldan joined the band in 2016 to solidify the current lineup.
The band previously released their self-titled EP in 2017 and single “Halo” in 2019. They’ve toured over the past 5 years, opening for Buckcherry, Saliva, Pop Evil, Smile Empty Soul, The Veer Union, and more. .
A new full album is currently being recorded, which is also produced by Schrick and Springer. The band is currently booking dates to begin performing live to support new music in the fall.
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