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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Bring Me The Horizon’s “Drown” performed by Darkness Is My Canvas

Finnish Helsinki-based progressive melodic rock band Darkness Is My Canvas is set to release their new EP “White Noise” later in 2023 via Inverse Records. The second single “Drown” from the upcoming EP is a track that needs no further introduction. It’s originally recorded by Bring Me The Horizon.

The band comments:

“Drown is a song released by Bring Me The Horizon in 2014, which according to one interpretation, is about severe depression. Our singer Pete struggled with depression in his teenage years and he thinks that the song is about the depths you can sink into if you don’t have trusted people around you. “Drown” has been an empowering song for us in the past few years and we wanted to make our own interpretation of it. Darkness Is My Canvas reflects many themes related to mental health in its music. Bring Me The Horizon also themes their lyrics in a way that they are universal and relatable through their own perspective. We have been listening to “Drown” since its release in 2014 and later added it to our setlist. In its final version, the song ended up on our EP without any hesitation from both us and Inverse Records. “Drown” may be so important to someone that radical changes to the song’s atmosphere could cause alienation from it. We listened to different arrangements of “Drown” played by BMTH and picked the most suitable parts for our instruments. Panu wanted to add a 90s grunge vibe to the song. Pete’s vocals range from soft baritone to screaming. We really like the end result – we managed to get a strong interpretation out of Pete. Mikko Kaakkuriniemi did a great job on the drums (which was not a surprise), and Panu had an easy time playing bass, guitars, and singing backing vocals.”

Darkness Is My Canvas (DIMC) was founded in Helsinki in 2017. The band plays melodic rock combined with progressive elements, stylistically influenced by bands such as Muse, Queen, Pink Floyd, Leprous, and on occasion also Porcupine Tree and My Chemical Romance. Their catchy melodies have many musical hooks, and the band likes to throw curve balls at the audience by changing time and style mid-song – and they do this completely intentionally. The imaginative sound of DIMC wells up from the melody-rich guitar playing of Panu and the voice of Pete, who, some say, sounds like the young David Bowie.

All the songs of DIMC come from the mind and pen of Pete and Panu, who are also the “founding fathers” of the band. They also play all the other instruments in the studio beside the drums, which are trusted to some of the top drummers in Finland. The mastering is done by none other than Grammy Award winner Nicolas Fournier (LA) who’s had his hands on many recordings by many of the band’s idols (Muse, Linkin Park, Adam Lambert, etc.).

DIMC was founded on what was left from the previous band of multi-instrumentalist Panu and lead singer/guitarist Pete. It was called May:Day, and it represented some sort of an amalgamation of Finnish progressive rock of the 70s and more modern Finnish rock music. Should someone want to listen to their album “I”, they will find it by digging through the Internet, as it has not been officially released. DIMC needed to distinguish themselves from the previous band as they changed their language from Finnish to English and their style became more nuanced.

To date, DIMC has released one EP called “Monsters” and one single called “The Game”. Their songs have been downloaded quite nicely from streaming services such as Spotify, in which the counter reached 20 000 this March.

Darkness Is My Canvas are:
Panu Pentikäinen – guitar, vocals
Pete Erkintalo – vocals, guitar
Gabriel Schneider – bass
Juuso Grönmark – drums

Promo pic by Santtu Särkäs