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Gary Lucas Vs The Dark Poets

"Beyond The Pale".


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Gary Lucas, New York Guitar Legend (Captain Beefheart/Jeff Buckley/Gods and Monsters - to name but a few) Teams up with shy British eccentric electronica artist James R. Hunter of 'The Dark Poets' (Cradle of Fear/Borderline etc) For an album that truly pushes the listener to the limits of beauty, horror and aural abstraction.

This meaning “Beyond the Pale” outside the bounds of acceptable behaviour came much later, as did good manners (the absence continues,) now with the etiquette - the one aspect (don’t bend over in a chicken run) decorum , the expectations of social behaviour on the side walk of entrapment, pavement face to face as opposed to safeguarding to shield - some bizarre protection. There is no avoiding the dirt of cart wheels. For the Mothboy who’s windows are bricked up, was it just that he placed himself beyond the pale of society ? So, the only failure is to cease to try - as if he could not please himself, how was he to please his soul ? To be 'beyond the pale' was to be outside the area accepted as 'home', Step to the curb hand reached out, to only stand and deliver, with one for the road, as disgraceful as was day light robbery. Sip slow through the thru lips, as to ease the strain of execution.

Ars Longa, Vita Brevis




"Gary Lucas Vs The Dark Poets - Beyond the Pale"


Gary Lucas vs Dark Poets

Independent Newspaper


 Gary Lucas vs The Dark Poets, Beyond the Pale (Some Bizzare)

Reviewed by Andy Gill

His work with Jeff Buckley and Captain Beefheart probably makes Gary Lucas the world’s most popular avant-rock guitarist, though his solo work can lack focus.

Here, his solo pieces mingle with tracks recorded with electronic composer James Hunter, aka The Dark Poets, whose samplescapes, synth beds and vocal samples about things like military mind-control techniques recall the dark portents of Cabaret Voltaire.

Highlights include a resonant cover of part of Popol Vuh’s Aguirre, Wrath of God soundtrack; an exhilarating "Judgement at Midnight" incorporating swirling National steel guitar phrases over a synth drone bed pockmarked with found-sound fragments; "Breath of Bones", a delicate tangle of guitar tendrils; and "Ted’s Theme", a lovely sequenced samba-shuffle burnished with glinting guitar.

Solo showcases include the glistening Frippertronic-style guitar tones of "Rosemary’s Baby" and the almost electric-flamenco flurries of "Rise Up To Be".

Review from Uncut Magazine



"Ex-Beefheart/Jeff Buckley collaborator and Gods and Monsters stalwart Lucas has dabbled in soundtracks, and breakbeat outfit Dark Poets are best known for scoring Cradle of Fear, so there is common ground between their approaches, it's a fearful rush of sound, with Lucas' spidery guitar above the Poets' neurotic electronica, the Grid remix of "The Judgement At Midnight" packs a punch."

Alastair McKay

Terrorizer Magazine


Reviewed By Sam Rackman for the Darkside Round up - The Latest in Gothic, Industrial and EBM releases

"When it comes to eclectic  post-punk Gary Lucas Vs The Dark Poets knows where its at. Beyond The Pale, Released through Some Bizarre, is a collaboration between the Grammy nominated/one time Captain Beefheart guitarist and the British electronica outfit. The result flits between sounding like Tubeway Army remixed for the 21st century and Nick Cave playing acid-infused bluegrass."



Borderline: :Short film Directed By Alex Chandon. Music by J.R Hunter 'The Dark Poets' (Some Bizarre Records) Here is the internationally multi award winning short film 'Borderline' by visionary director Alex Chandon with music by Some Bizarre's own forward thinking cutting edge electro outfit 'The Dark Poets' J.R. Hunter. A Version of this track will feature on the forthcoming Dark Poets album currently in production for Some Bizarre records.

Borderline: :Short film synopsis Taking London on a trip by way of MC Escher and Mega City One. Deconstructing both modernist and neo-classical landmarks to rebuild a new, impossible cityscape of upside-down staircases, gravity-defying roads and liquid skies. short fact I made the film as an experiment with After Effects. I had been dreaming about mad buildings (Escher meets Mega-City) for a while, that became the vague brief.I went out alone with an XM1 mini-dv camera and a tripod for two afternoons in London, one spent at the south bank centre the other in the city. I shot what looked good with no constructive thoughts to actual compositions of the final shots. The only critical thing was that each shot was 'locked off' for the short takes. Matching the angles and perspectives on elements from different shots was a nightmare. But well worth it! crew director Alex Chandon editor Alex Chandon music The Dark Poets festivals,

Awards and screenings include: onedotzero and Saatchi award winner Cannes 2007. Also being used to promote the London 2012 Olympics for (First screened for the Beijing Olympics - currently screening across the world)

The Dark Poets are in production of their next album.

The Dark Poets track 'Crazy' appears on 'Redefining The Prologue'


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Refeding the Prologue features tha Track Crazy



The Gary Lucas / Dark Poets track 'The Judgement at Midnight' appears on 'The Some Bizzare Double Album - The Only Failure Is To Cease To Try'


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The Dark Poets remix of the Soft Cell track 'Barriers' appears on the album "Soft Cell - Heat : The Remixes"


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