Forming from the ashes of a modestly successful amorphic studio machine, Dayton, Ohio’s Dark Backward assembled as four cogs in various stages of reinvention in 2008. With its primary objective consisting of everything and nothing expected of its well established lineage, the band fastidiously worked on material for its first studio release, Mute Memorials (2010).

After receiving positive reviews, international airplay, releasing several videos and doing some light touring under the Worst Case Scenario label, the group re-entered the studio to record EP2011 (2011). The release further widened the sonic parameters established by the previous offering.

In the summer of 2011, Dark Backward reverted back into writing mode while supporting its second release. The result was the 2013 release of the full-length Phrase & Fable (Waggletone/Worst Case Scenario) which found the band pushing its musical parameters even further apart while staying in touch with the members’ respective backgrounds.

The band wrote and recorded the five-song EP Tension/Release (Worst Case Scenario) over the latter part of 2014 on in to 2015, where it was released as a Pay What You Want Bandcamp exclusive to local acclaim. The band added Fred Vahlidiek on keys and noises for live performances during this time as well.

In 2016, health issues forced Nye to take an emeritus position with the group. Chuck Sirloin was tabbed to take over the reins on bass while Vahlidiek was added as a permanent member of the group as well.

Dark Backward have recently finished principal songwriting and are currently preparing to head back into the studio for their fifth album as of this release.

Eric Purtle (vox, guitar)

Jeff Brelsford (guitar, vox)

Jim Ingram (drums, vox)

Patrick Berry (bass, vox)

Fred Vahldiek (keys, noises)


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