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Q&A with Tex Perkins and The Dark Horses

If you have ever questioned your existence or the meaning of life, then Tex Perkins and The Dark Horses’ forthcoming album ‘Tunnel at the End of the Light’ releasing on July 17 may address some of these issues for you.

This, and much more, is pondered on the third part in a trilogy of albums for the group, with their 2011 self-titled album and 2012’s ‘Everyone’s Alone’ setting the tone for the new release.

They describe the albums sound as contrasting and dynamic, where one moment you’re in an insomniac’s bedroom the next you’re in the clouds. It’s hard and it’s soft and it’s one big ball of existential rock. We had a chat with guitarist Joel Silbersher and tried to nut out all of life’s big questions (not really).   

The press release for the album is very existential, were all these questions swirling around your head when creating it

Is it? Just trying to find ways to describe it and differentiate from the other records, and press releases. My head is constantly a-swim with existential Dolphins. I suspect the same of the other Horsies.

This is the third album in your trilogy, how was writing it when you knew it would be the end of this period in time?

I didn't know but I noticed once we got started. It's good. Works thematically and tune wise.

You’ve got a massive tour coming up, how do you deal with being on the road for so long?

It’s not massive! It's mainly weekends so it's not a punish. There's some hardened road-dogs in this band so this should be sweet luxury.

You’ve been through a number of different bands over the years, what’s different about performing with the Dark Horses?

Totally different. Personalities, Harmonies, Feels, Volume, Having someone tune your guitar, not being a boss, staying in hotels, keys of songs... Everything. A lot anyway.

If you could go back and give your younger self one piece of advice in regards to your career what would it be?

Don't drink whiskey. Drink vodka. Don't break up with that one. Don't fuck that one. Don't punch that toilet.  I'm gonna cry if I keep thinking about this! I'm sure it's all for the best.

If you could describe ‘Tunnel at the End of the Light’ in one sentence what would it be?

The Apex of Western Culture has arrived, and not a minny too soon!

After the tour wraps up what does the future hold for the band?

More! I mean, we all have other stuff on but, more shows and recording I hope. I've got Hoss and solo stuff in various stages of completion and we're all involved in a bunch of projects.

What Australian music are you listening to at the moment?

Rediscovering 'Party' by Disaster Plan. Records by Kirsty Stegwazi and Gareth Skinner. Straight Arrows...looking forward to hearing new Drones. More listening to old music than new.

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