Slingshot Dakota came to Shards in December, 2014. As the year was drawing to a close, the Bethlehem duo--made up of husband and wife, Tom Patterson (drums) and Carly Commando (keys, vocals)--found themselves beginning an exciting new chapter in their lives. Carly and Tom had recently quit their day jobs to devote their full time and energy to Slingshot Dakota. As they recorded this session, the band's calendar for 2015 included a final round of shows in support of Dark Hearts, released in 2012 on venerable western Massachusetts indie label, Topshelf Records. The band were also in the midst of writing songs for their upcoming new album. Slingshot Dakota's most recent endeavor, however, was a split 7" released on Soft Speak Records. Sales of the split go towards Hopeline, a non-profit organization dedicated to suicide prevention, awareness, and education. The band began their session with a cover of Rainer Maria's "Rise" from the 7" release.

Rise (Rainer Maria Cover)
May Day

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