'Porn Star Dancing' coming to Whistler

My Darkest Days brings hit single to town

Exotic dancing may be banned in Whistler, but that isn't going to stop Toronto rockers My Darkest Days from performing their hit song Porn Star Dancing in the resort community.

The band has been riding a wave of success since their eponymous debut album was released last September, and is currently nominated for a 2011 Juno Award in the Best New Group category.

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"It's pretty crazy for a new band - sometimes you kind of look back and we feel very grateful to have accomplished as much as we have so far," said lead guitarist Sal Costa.

My Darkest Days' sound would be best described as hard rock, with their latest single Move Your Body currently making radio rotations. However, the band is known best for Porn Star Dancing, which has gone gold in both Canada and the United States.

Costa said the band has come a long way from when it started out in 2005, and has overcome the difficulties of a line-up change to emerge as the band it is today.

Costa said he joined the band after deciding that being the frontman of a band simply wasn't for him.

"I was in a three-piece band that I was lead singer for, and we had toured together with the original formation of My Darkest Days. We did shows together, but I got sick of doing the whole front man thing and I wanted to be more of the flashy guitar player; sort of the Slash to the Axl kind of thing."

With his heart no longer in the lead role, Costa left his position as a frontman and took up lead guitar when My Darkest Days approached him to temporarily fill in for a missing guitar spot in the band.

"They had a showcase for Def Jam Records and I joined maybe 10 days before that showcase," recalled Costa. "I was in Florida on vacation at the time and they called me up and said 'when you come back can you just help us out with this showcase?' I said 'definitely,' and when I came back and jammed with them for the first time I just felt at home and never left."

And thus began the beginning of a relationship that would see the band signed to two different record labels, B.C.'s 604 Records in Canada and Island Def Jam for the U.S.

When asked about the band's name, Costa said that unlike some bands, the name has a meaningful connection to each and every one of the members. The band seemed to just work better when things weren't always going well for them.

"We just found that the band wrote its best songs on our darkest days," Costa explained. "When you're in a great mood and you're happy you pick up your instrument, you'll play well but sometimes there's just nothing that comes out of you emotionally. All of us find that on our darkest days, when we're going through rough times, we can just sit down and it's almost as if your hand can write an entire book."

My Darkest Days plays the Garibaldi Lift Company on Saturday (March 19). Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online from Ticketmaster or Ticketweb.

"We've never played Whistler before," said Costa. "We've played Vancouver many times, but we've never played Whistler. We're pretty pumped."

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