"Dark Star" (1999-2001) were an English rock band from London whose music mixed dark psychedelica with a dub undertow and noisy effects-laden guitar.
* David Francolini (drums)
* Christian Hayes (guitar and vocals)
* Laurence O'Keefe (bass)
Christian, David, and Laurence, all former members of Levitation, formed Dark Star in 1998 and signed to the now defunct Harvest Records, the progressive rock subsidiary of EMI. Dark Star released several EPs and a debut album Twenty Twenty Sound produced by Steve Lillywhite. Their explosive live performances, usually with a stage decorated with fairy lights, attracted a dedicated following. The band's common musical influence was Public Image Limited.
Following the touring and promotion of "Twenty Twenty Sound", the band entered the studio to record the follow up. "Strangers And Madmen" was mooted as the lead off single and received it's first play on "The Evening Session", hosted by Steve Lamacq. A bootleg of pre-master mixes of the unreleased follow up is now in circulation, entitled Zurich - it is not known where the title actually came from or whether it was the albums intended title. Due to a change in personne...