Songs for the apocalypse: Darren Smith “Dogtown Mines”

It’s fair to say right now that the world has never seemed such a volatile place: with events in both the UK and the US (and beyond) making a complete meltdown at some point in the not too distant future seem ever more likely, we’re starting a new series today called ‘Songs for the Apocalypse’ – those songs that come the end of the world you should take into your bunker with you. Americarmageddon if you will. Today’s track is by Seattle based Darren Smith who released an album called ‘Last Drive’ in 2006 which was more phenomenal than a debut had any right to be, the opening track ‘Dogtown Mines’ a six-minute epic that still doesn’t even come close to outstaying its welcome. With lines like “Misfortunes fell down like a cold dark cloud” it’s a song for our times, but with not without redemption. A new album promised for last year hasn’t materialised yet but we live in hope.