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“Full of odd time signatures and eclectic influences, this powerful trio are looking to take the music world by storm. Mark White’s vocals lend an ominous air to his heavy guitar paying, mingling dangerously with the funky bass stylings of Paul Turner of Jamiroquai fame. Ed Laubinger sits calmly behind the drum kit, adding his Kazak gypsy drumming – among a multitude of other instruments – to give this band a wonderful vibrancy. The mix of influences gives the group incredible versatility. Their first album, Sick Society – released in January – delivers track after track of fantastic music, but it’s not all gravely vocals and heavy guitars. ‘Absolution’, ‘Governing Body’ and ‘Local Treason’ form a core of wonderfully varied sounds, moving in order from an apocalyptic, anthemic waterfall of a song, through a chilled-out river of purity and finally into a grungy, head-banging sea of aggression.”
“ "Groove-Driven, Meticulous and Insidious" So say bassist Paul Turner of The Dark Sinatras in describing the band's debut "Sick Society", and regardless of the step down in Popularity compared to his workings with Jamiroquai, Paul claims to feel in his element: "Mark [White] and Ed [Laubinger]'s versatility allows us to explore uncharted territories in the studio and keep things challenging". The trio have already begun work on a second album, and they continue to draw influence from anything's that's "quality and steers clear of commercial gratification". Looking to achieve "the complete destruction of materialistic tendencies through introspection", The Dark Sinatras are certainly on a mission. Lee MacBride - Terrorizer ”
"...and they’re not the kind of group to send you home with choruses buzzing around your cranium. Instead they operate on a much deeper, slightly insidious level. I like them."
"If sinister groove metal is your thing, then you’d best put on your best scary Halloween outfit and stomp off in search of The Dark Sinatras. Aided and abetted by the whirling power of Ukrainian drummer Ed Laubinger & moonlighting Jamiroquai bassist Paul Turner, guitarist/vocalist Mark White delivers a dour set of paranoiac tunes that make even Black Sabbath sound like a light hearted Eurovision entry! Monolithic guitar sounds thunder along on a dark carpet of shuddering grooves and shifting time signatures; if you prefer your metal dark and doomy with just a whiff of prog style complexity, then The Dark Sinatras tick all the right boxes. Best not listened to with the lights off, though!" http://www.playmusicpickup.co.uk/
“It’s the almost gypsy jazz flavour that takes the sounds of songs like ‘Ten Inches’ and ‘The Sins of Ignorance’ in different directions, ensuring the listener is consistently challenged, constantly asking “Where is this going?”, “Where will it end?”. It’s that dangerous uncertainty that propels ‘Sick Society’, asking itself questions mid-song, mid-riff, reasoning with itself, unafraid to veer in a new direction. It’s both disconcerting and completely welcome. Amidst this experimentation and introspection, when ‘Local Treason’ comes in, with its punk funk fighting, almost Bad Religion vibe it truly stings, the build-up near the conclusion illustrates just how well the three members lock as a musical unit. Sick Society is meant to be listened to as a whole; the spoken word of ‘IPD’ with its ‘1984’ and ‘Clockwork Orange’ leanings, ‘Governing Body’s instrumental ‘Sick Society’ is a sonically rich and fertile album, balanced with moments of”
“There is something inherently pleasing about three-piece bands and therefore about The Dark Sinatras. It probably lies in the minimalism of instrumentation, three key instruments all playing necessary roles, a clean limbed, musical economy, no excess frippery, no spare parts, just the essential functionality of a machine where every piece has a vital role to play. Paul Turners ability to deliver bass grooves that are both hard as hell and melodically pleasing and the jazz-rock dexterity of drummer Ed Laubinger combine to make a wonderfully intricate set of rhythms and the perfect canvas for front man Mark White to paint spiky and Byzantine heavy guitar work upon. Dark Sinatra’s are a band that take lots of familiar concepts and put them together in new and creative ways, but the defining factor for me was the rhythm section.”