I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness

There was a time (before MP3s or listening stations) when I’d buy records based solely on the name of the band. Don’t laugh, it’s how I ended up discovering Echo and the Bunnymen and Siouxsie and the Banshees before they became ’80s household names. It’s the name that drew me to I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness which, with their shadowy, elastic heartbreakers, could have been shelved alsongside Bunnymen and Banshees back in the day. Only they’re of this decade and from Austin, Texas (with ties to Windsor for the Derby). Britt Daniel of Spoon produced their debut EP and his taut and tuneful sensibilities shone through (see “Your Worst Is the Best”). Their new LP, Fear Is on Our Side, was produced by Paul Barker (of Ministry and related side projects) who made the dark corners darker (see “According to Plan”). Either way, it’s good stuff and gives you the opportunity to invite this exchange: “Who is this?” “I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness.” “That’s nice, but who is this?”


  • Ari

    Oh I'm loving this! Thanks 3hive!

  • mjrc

    I was drawn to this band because of the name, too. My daughter said, it sounds kind of emo (an insult) and I said, oh but they're not! Thanks for the post.

  • Eric

    i’ve been listening to these two songs for what seems like years now. finally, we get a full length! by paul barker none the less! me happy.

  • Reminds me of The Fixx. Fairly decent.

  • What an incredibly cool band name! I love it!

  • Mattg

    very cool! 3hive, thanks!
    thanks also for the very hush hush.
    ok, gotta go and get the new record now.

  • sarah

    they seriously rock.

  • Paul

    OK….I am behind this band…I have listened to this song (According to Plan) for a long time and I love it.

  • Paul

    I just have to add that "Your Worst is Your Best" is a great song as well….
    The band does suffer from the "too cool for school" syndrome….but the entrancing order of this song is beyond reproach