The Best Dark Indie Rock Music to Listen to Right Now

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Looking for the best dark indie rock music to listen to right now? We’ve got you covered with our latest playlist, featuring some of the best new and upcoming artists in the genre.


It’s no secret that dark indie rock music can be pretty dreary and depressing. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing! Sometimes, when you’re feeling down, it can be therapeutic to listen to music that understands and relates to your feelings.

If you’re in the mood for some dark indie rock music that will speak to your soul, look no further than this list. We’ve gathered some of the best and most popular dark indie rock songs from the past few years, so you can wallow in your feelings to your heart’s content.

The 1975

The 1975 is an English rock band from Manchester. The group consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Matthew Healy, bassist Ross MacDonald, drummer George Daniel, and lead guitarist Adam Hann. The band’s origins trace to them curating songs on SoundCloud under the name Drive Like I Do in 2012. They signed a record deal with Dirty Hit in 2013 and released their self-titled debut album in September 2013. It was followed by their second album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it in February 2016, which entered the UK Albums Chart at number one. The album won the 2017 Brit Award for Best British Album. Their third album, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships was released on 30 November 2018 and became their first number-one album in the UK.

The Paper Kites

The Paper Kites are an indie rock band from Melbourne, Australia. Their music has been described as “dark” and “moody”, and their sound has been compared to that of The National, Arcade Fire, and Bon Iver. The band’s debut album, States, was released in 2012, and their sophomore album, twelvefour, was released in 2015. The Paper Kites have toured extensively throughout Australia, Europe, and the United States, and their music has been featured on television shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Hart of Dixie.

The National

The National is an American indie rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, formed in 1999. The band consists of Matthew Berninger (vocals), Aaron Dessner (guitar, piano, keyboards), Bryce Dessner (guitar, piano, keyboards), Scott Devendorf (bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums).

Their self-titled debut album was released in 2001 on Brassland Records. Two more albums followed on Beggars Banquet Records: Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers in 2003 and Alligator in 2005. The National’s fourth album, Boxer, was released on Beggars Banquet Records in 2007 to widespread critical acclaim, helping the band grow its fanbase.

High Violet, their fifth album, was released on 4AD Records in 2010 to even greater critical acclaim and featured the singles “Bloodbuzz Ohio” and “Conversation 16”. Trouble Will Find Me, their sixth album, was released on 4AD Records in 2013 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. Sleep Well Beast, their seventh album, was released on 4AD Records in 2017 and won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.


Hozier is an Irish singer-songwriter whose debut album, Hozier, was released in 2014. The album reached number one in Ireland and the UK, and number two in the US. Hozier’s music has been described as a mix of blues, rock, and folk. His song “Take Me to Church” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year.


In conclusion, if you’re looking for the best dark indie rock music to listen to right now, then you should definitely check out the artists and bands listed above. These artists are all releasing some of the most exciting and innovative music in the genre, and they’re sure to appeal to fans of both dark indie rock and more mainstream rock music. So don’t miss out – go and check them out today!

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