It really makes complete and total sense for a band entitled "Dark Thoughts" to make a spook-tacular Halloween-themed mixtape just in time for All Hallows' Eve. I'm actually, a bit surprised they haven't done it sooner; considering Dark Thoughts are a self-described Pop-Punk-minded band "dressing up" as their beloved The Ramones nearly each and every day. Dark Thoughts have already opened up for fellow Philly Punks Blank Spell, Pissed Jeans, and SHEER MAG and are currently working on the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed self-titled 2016 debut. HALLOWEEN TAPE showcases four rough demos currently slated to appear within Album #2: "NO GOOD," "DON'T WANNA," "HATE THIS SONG," and "LITTLE THING," all of which collectively clock in right around the 5-minutes mark. Then, the remaining nine or so minutes housed on Dark Thoughts' HALLOWEEN TAPE consists of festive sound effects and "spooky noises" guitarist and frontman Jim Shomo says the band actually "didn't make" themselves and rather, simply discovered, edited, and tacked on after their rough tracks from their recent DARK THOUGHTS AT WORK sessions.
HALLOWEEN TAPE is currently available for streaming and download from the band's Bandcamp page on a Name-Your-Price basis, just in time for your weekend festivities; limited edition cassettes are also available for purchase via mail-order by emailing Jimxshomo@gmail.com for $5.00 plus shipping and handling. Dark Thoughts currently have gigs scheduled for tonight, Friday, OCT. 27TH at LAVA Space in PHILADELPHIA with Dialer, Jenna & The Pups, and "THE GERMS" (cover set,) as well as OCT. 28TH at YG in CLEVELAND, OCT. 29TH at TCC Gallery in CHICAGO, OCT. 30TH at Jumbo's in DETROIT, and finally, OCT. 31ST (Halloween) at Rock Room??? in PITTSBURGH. HALLOWEEN TAPES will also be available for purchase at all of the aforementioned stops on DARK THOUGHTS' HALLOWEEN MID-WEST TOUR 2017. Simply put, Jim Shomo recently told me, via email: "we're just a Punk band from Philadelphia. We like The Ramones a lot; got one record, working on another. 🎃"