Journey through Dark Water

Dark Water is a three-piece with a big, metally, harmonic sound, relentless drum action, driving guitar and changeable moods.

Dark Water is a three-piece with a big, metally, harmonic sound, relentless drum action, driving guitar and changeable moods.

DARK WATER: Merran Dixon, Nathan Waipouri and Ross Kilgour of alt rock trio Dark Water are bringing their journey-through-moods sound to Gisborne.
Picture by Tambray Tucker photography

Looking forward to playing in my home town but not looking forward to the drive, haha!” says Merran Dixon in an email about alt-rock trio Dark Water’s upcoming Gisborne gig.

The Waioeka Gorge shifts from light to dark to light so songwriter Nathan Waipouri might find some inspiration on the way.

“True that!” says Dixon.

“Our sound is varied. Sometimes it’s quite heavy, then it can switch to the melodic in the same song. It’s a journey through moods.

“It keeps you on your toes.”

Dark Water is a three-piece with a big, metally, harmonic sound, relentless drum action, driving guitar and changeable moods the band’s name suits well.

The Dark Water sound comes down to strong songwriting, says bass player Dixon whose down-the-wire harmonies are reminiscent of American alt-rock band Pixies’ vocalist Kim Deal.

“Nathan is a gifted songwriter. There’s no overall theme. He writes about life, observations.”

A handful of titles from their album You’re Only As Addicted As You’re Willing To Be might indicate the direction of Waipouri’s songs: Little Time, Animal Mind, Harmonic Tinker Toys, Holding Cell, Liquid Love, and Cosmic Tree.

Or they might not.

“We’re not going for a formula,” says Dixon. “We want to keep it interesting for ourselves. We like that element of the unexpected.”

Undercurrents from the unconscious surface during jam sessions.

“It’s kind of like a dream,” says Dixon. “Sometimes we record a jam if we have our stuff together. We try to do that more often because we have some deadly jams. Otherwise someone will come up with a riff and someone will record it on a phone.”

Looking forward to playing in my home town but not looking forward to the drive, haha!” says Merran Dixon in an email about alt-rock trio Dark Water’s upcoming Gisborne gig.

The Waioeka Gorge shifts from light to dark to light so songwriter Nathan Waipouri might find some inspiration on the way.

“True that!” says Dixon.

“Our sound is varied. Sometimes it’s quite heavy, then it can switch to the melodic in the same song. It’s a journey through moods.

“It keeps you on your toes.”

Dark Water is a three-piece with a big, metally, harmonic sound, relentless drum action, driving guitar and changeable moods the band’s name suits well.

The Dark Water sound comes down to strong songwriting, says bass player Dixon whose down-the-wire harmonies are reminiscent of American alt-rock band Pixies’ vocalist Kim Deal.

“Nathan is a gifted songwriter. There’s no overall theme. He writes about life, observations.”

A handful of titles from their album You’re Only As Addicted As You’re Willing To Be might indicate the direction of Waipouri’s songs: Little Time, Animal Mind, Harmonic Tinker Toys, Holding Cell, Liquid Love, and Cosmic Tree.

Or they might not.

“We’re not going for a formula,” says Dixon. “We want to keep it interesting for ourselves. We like that element of the unexpected.”

Undercurrents from the unconscious surface during jam sessions.

“It’s kind of like a dream,” says Dixon. “Sometimes we record a jam if we have our stuff together. We try to do that more often because we have some deadly jams. Otherwise someone will come up with a riff and someone will record it on a phone.”

Dark Water, with support acts Uni-Fi, and Sit Down in Front, play at Smash Palace, 9pm, Saturday. $10.

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