|Beware of Darkness|
Beware of Darkness, as support act to The Smashing Pumpkins, 2013
|Origin||Santa Barbara, California, U.S.|
Beware of Darkness is an American rock band consisting of vocalist/guitarist Kyle Nicolaides, bassist Daniel Curcio, and drummer Lionel Forrester Jr. Their debut album, Orthodox was released May 7, 2013. Their second album Are You Real? was released on September 16, 2016.
Beware of Darkness, named after George Harrison's 1970 song "Beware of Darkness," formed in 2010 after Kyle Nicolaides met Tony Cupito at one of Kyle's acoustic solo shows in downtown Los Angeles at an RnB club called First and Hope. The two began playing shows with various bass players until they met Daniel Curcio, who was visiting Santa Monica after finding out he had a long lost half brother living there. Their first show was at the Roxy Theatre in LA. Not long after solidifying the lineup, they signed a record deal with Bright Antenna Records and began opening up shows for rock legends such as Social Distortion as well as touring with indie act The Wombats.
In 2012, Beware of Darkness were asked to open for Tegan and Sara, Stone Temple Pilots, Bush, Deftones and played at the 2012 SXSW Festival. They recorded their debut record Orthodox in Fall 2012 at Eagle Rock Studios, The Village Recorder, The Sound Factory, Hillside Studios and the Valley Recording Company.
Four lyric videos for the tracks included on the band's initial Howl EP were released April 16, 2012 on the website of American Songwriter. The music video for the band's debut single "Howl" premiered on September 14, 2012 on Fuse.
The band's debut record, entitled Orthodox, was released on May 7, 2013 in the United States and was executive produced by Dave Sardy (LCD Soundsystem, Oasis, Band of Horses, NIN, Rage Against The Machine, Gorillaz, Jay-Z, White Denim).
In 2013 after playing at SXSW, Beware of Darkness toured the UK for the 1st time which included an appearance at the famed Reading and Leeds Festival and a tour across Europe as main support for The Smashing Pumpkins The band have performed at several radio festivals and shows with Cage The Elephant, Alice in Chains, AWOLNATION, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Soundgarden and Jane's Addiction. In August 2013, they were nominated by the UK's Classic Rock Magazine for "Best New Band" along with Deap Vally and Walking Papers.
The band's song "Howl" has been featured in the video game soundtracks of Saints Row IV, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, EA Sports UFC and Gran Turismo. The song has been featured in several television and movie projects including Stephen King's Under the Dome, Red 2, Monday Night Football and Nitro Circus 3D. On May 15, 2013 the band performed "Howl" live on Conan.
The band started recording their second studio album in fall of 2015. The band recorded 100 songs during the recording process of Are You Real. The album was released on September 16, 2016.