Based out of Lewisville, TX, Dark Avenue started life in 2014 as a side project to the Dallas/Fort Worth powerhouse Pistol Whippin Ike. It was there that three of the members began writing their own jams, something that would change the course of their careers. In the years since, Dark Avenue has established itself in the DFW area, performing with acts such as Pop Evil, Red Sun Rising, Bobaflex, and more.

Comprised of guitarists Barry Lorberbaum and Andrew Lewthwaite, bassist Alan Sauls, drummer Jeff Hathcock, and vocalist Mario Cadena, the band’s first two albums, Illusions and Seasons Change, were the result of successful crowd-sourcing. The band features a unique blend of heavy groove-filled hard rock and alternative metal, while Cadena’s melodic vocals help bridge the gap between between heavy and light sounds.

Said Barry Lorberbaum on the band’s website, “The scene in Dallas is super vibrant, but there wasn’t anyone bridging the gap between heavy bands and the lighter bands. The heavy music crowds stuck to their bands, and the alterative/hard rock fans stuck to theirs. You did not see any crossover fans. That gap is bridged with our music. The metal fans get their heavy, and the alt-rock fans get their more mainstream sound, and all get songs they can relate and sing along to.”

The band has enjoyed success beyond the boundaries of DFW, as well, having their robust track “Outside” featured nationally in several MMA broadcasts. Additionally, “Maybe Tomorrow” won Video of the Year at the 2016 at the Krave Music Awards, while the band as a whole took home Artist of the Year.

For their upcoming album, the single The Light saw the band release its first music video, which, in addition to being a great track, talks about the struggles of substance abuse and depression. The video ends with a list of resources for help with depression, drugs, and alcohol abuse and is a nice touch for the song’s message about finding your inner light again.

Even with the band hard at work on their third album, they continue to do shows From Austin, TX to Pryor, OK and Fort Smith, AR. Additionally, we’re thrilled to announce that The Dallas Prospect will be conducting a live stream interview with the band Wednesday, May 9th at Mexi-Go Restaurant & Club in Plano, TX, followed by an acoustic set.

Dark Avenue is a widely talented band on the upswing of their careers. We look forward to covering them more in the future and working with them whenever possible.


Darreck W. Kirby

Founder of The Dallas Prospect, Darreck took a love for writing, analysis, and sports and brought them together in one site. Whether tracking the latest Cowboys stats and trends or breaking down film analysis for the latest flick, Darreck does it all.