Self proclaimed deviants from the normal, Dark Agenda are good old classic head banging metal.
How would you describe your music?
Raw, Energetic, Dark & Heavy.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
Jesse Albaugh (Lead Guitar) & Joshua Ludley (Vocals) started writing music together in Jesse’s basement in 2015. In 2018 Eddie Coyle (Rhythm Guitar) & Robert “Bob” Dains (Drums) joined. Eddie, Jesse and Bob were in previous bands together. In 2019 we picked up Dan Bieber (Bass) and since then we’ve just grown tighter as a band and as brothers.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
Our biggest influences are Testament, Pantera, Megadeth, Monuments, In Flames, Alice in Chains, Type O Negative & Slipknot. Some of our musical heroes are Joey Jordison, Alex Skolnick, Corey Taylor, Layne Staley, Peter Steele, Dime Bag Darrel and Ryan Martinie
What inspires you?
Music in general and the ability to freely express yourself through it. The fans and people who support us as well. Their energy gives us the motivation to keep doing what we’re doing and to do what we have done. So huge thank you to them.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
When it comes to writing we typically do it while we’re at practice or in our homes. I (Joshua) am always writing lyrics good and bad. While Jesse, Eddie & Dan will write riffs and we’ll bring them to practice and make babies with them.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Our favourite song to perform live is probably Lilith or Vampire.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Testament, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Pantera & Dark Agenda.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
It’s a bit hard to understand at times but we just try to be sponges and soak up whatever knowledge we can. We’re in a time where stuff like CD’s are almost a thing of the past so its definitely an adjustment to what we grew up on. The music scene in small town/city Iowa isn’t what we would like it to be either so branching out is definitely something that is important for us.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Unfortunately our touring came to a halt with the COVID-19 pandemic however last year when we opened for Anvil watching Steve “Lips” Kudlow rock a killer guitar solo with a vibrator was definitely a weird and hilarious moment.
What are your future plans?
Our future plans are to just keep doing what we love and hopefully the world can open back up and we can begin to spread our music and energy further and further. Touring with some of our favourite bands would be incredible.