Dear Darkness is myself, Stacey MacLeod, on vocals and guitar and Samantha Linn on drums. Samantha and I met while we were still working at Whole Foods Market in 2007. I was cutting fruit, when Samantha came in to say hello. She worked in the bakery department. We learned that we both made music and we formed a band called The Looms and then later, a band called The Heaven & Hell Cotillion. Dear Darkness is just us two and it feels like it’s always been that way, even when we were in bands together with other people.
What song of yours is the one you like the most?
“Every Few Years I Die” is Samantha’s favorite DD song: It features a Sabbathesque guitar. The song is about self-destruction as a means of escaping daily monotony. “I will shake your faith. I will ruin the sea!” The music slides, crawls, and flies. There is no time for anything on this track but for intensity.
Stacey loves “You’re Not Alone Anymore,” a song inspired by Joyce Carol Oate’s dark, short story “Where are you going? Where Have You Been?”
How do you write your music?
I write the lyrics and guitar for a song and then Samantha and I work on the composition together. I keep myself open to inspiration and I jot down cool words and phrases I like, when I read them. I try to create an image with the lyrics, as if I’m writing a short story. I record a demo using Magix Music Studio 2. It helps me get a grasp on the vocals, because I can experiment privately and not waste time when Sam and I practice together.
What is music?
Music is the language of the supernatural.
What influences do you have?
I am inspired by the minimalist guitar of Johnny Ramone. Brett Anderson from Suede and Adam Ant inspire me vocally. I wish I could write lyrics like Jarvis Cocker from Pulp, because I love the humor in his words. Todd Trainer from Shellac and Keith Moon from the Who both inspire and influence Samantha as a drummer.
What´s the best experience you have had with your project?
Samantha’s favorite experience, so far, was recording our most recent album, Be Nice Honey, with Jim Diamond. I, myself, have really been getting off on playing live lately. I’m feeling a ton of confidence as a performer and I’ve been enjoying taking over the stage physically.
What plans do you have this year?
In 2016, we have plans to record an EP with Matt Smith, to get signed, and to do a little touring—hopefully.
Mention something you don´t like about your project
I do most of the booking and public relations for Dear Darkness and it’s not my favorite. I would rather spend the time playing guitar or reading. Samantha despises packing up her drums for every show, loading the car with all of our equipment, unloading it at the venue, setting up the drums. Then having to do it all again when the show is over.
Mention the biggest sacrifice you did for your project.
The greatest sacrifice necessary for Samantha to make to be in Dear Darkness is that she doesn’t devote as much time as she once did to her solo project, the Arch Mystics. But she finds that it’s more rewarding to have me as a creative partner than to create alone. And success is so much sweeter when you have a partner to share it with.
What band, music project or solist from your city do you like? Why?
We are from Detroit and Samantha loves Sex Police. It’s original and honest and intelligent. I like Jimmy Ohio, because he’s a minimalist and his work is honest.
If your project was a word, what would it be?
Samantha would use the word “Warholian” to describe Dear Darkness. I would use the word “glamorous.”
What´s your full name? Where were you when you answered the interview?
I am Stacey MacLeod and I am sitting at my desk in a tiny, cramped room full of books, guitars, CDs, papers, and clothes. It’s a mess really. A framed black and white photo of Michael Stipe with a snake wrapped around his neck is in on the wall over the desk where I write. Samantha Linn sat on the couch when she wrote her answers.