Between this summer’s Supreme Court decision making marriage equality the law of the land, and the Equality Act of 2015 presently charting a course through Congress, Aloud’s brain trust thought back to a song on their watershed album Exile, which celebrates its fifth anniversary today.
“ ‘Darkest Days’ was written right around the time Prop 8 was upheld in California,” says singer and co-writer Henry Beguiristain, reflecting on the song’s genesis. “Jen and I were planning our wedding at the time, and thought it was madness that we could do this and our friends couldn’t, just because they happened to be gay.”
“We wanted to send a letter in song to our friends, telling them not to give up,” says Jen de la Osa. “With the [recent] Supreme Court ruling, it resonates even more now.”
“Darkest Days” was remixed by Charles Newman (The Magentic Fields, Soko, The Bones of J.R Jones), who co-produced Aloud’s most recent record, 2014’s It’s Got To Be Now. The song first appeared on Aloud’s 2010 album Exile, produced by Daniel Nicholas Daskivich. Exile was lauded as “a stunning, multifaceted opus” (Hilary Hughes/DigBoston) representing Aloud’s “most expansive, sophisticated, and stylistically diverse work” (Boston Globe).
Aloud will be performing at the 2015 CMJ Music Marathon and is currently writing the follow-up to It’s Got To Be Now.
Below: watch Jen and Henry discuss the creation of “Darkest Days” in the clip below from Be Free of Your Past, an upcoming short film on the making of Exile.