Thursday 31 October 2013

Darlia - Queen Of Hearts

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Having just spent part of a review pointing out how the current generation are seemingly sick of being spoon-fed vile excuses for pop music, it seems only right that we feature another exciting group of teenagers who are making a different noise. Darlia are three guys from Blackpool and their current single 'Queen Of Hearts' is pretty exceptional. Again, this isn't a band at the forefront of new technological advances; the music they make could be described as grunge, but it doesn't sound twenty years old. It sounds like now. Somehow they've taken elements of that scene and totally freshened it up, possibly by retaining the ferocity and the vitality but combining it with great pop hooks. Again, this is a band who know a tune when it smacks them round the face.

From their EP 'Knock Knock', this track contains enough crunching guitars and pummelling drums to satisfy the punk in you, as well as a melodic, memorable verse and then a killer chorus that cranks everything back up again. Although the end result may have varied slightly, just about any of the original grunge pack (or the many disciples since) would have given their ripped jeans entire wardrobe to get their hands on a song with this much potential. It's lucky for us that it's not until now that this song was written, because Darlia's version is surely difficult to improve on. If they can keep penning tunes like this then when the approaching guitar revival fully hits next year this band will be very big news indeed.

Darlia's website

Buy the single

Catch them live:

Nov 05 Club Academy w/ Deap Vally, Manchester, UK
Nov 14 Queens Social Club w/ The Family Rain, Sheffield, UK
Nov 15 Reds Bar w/ The Family Rain, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Nov 17 King Tut's Wah Wah Hut w/ The Family Rain, Glasgow, UK
Nov 18 The Ruby Lounge w/ The Family Rain, Manchester, UK
Nov 19 Brudenell Social Club w/ The Family Rain, Leeds, UK
Nov 20 Academy 2 w/ The Family Rain, Oxford, UK
Nov 22 Komedia w/ The Family Rain, Bath, UK
Nov 23 Institute - The Library w/ The Family Rain, Birmingham, UK
Nov 24 Rescue Rooms w/ The Family Rain, Nottingham, UK
Nov 26 Concorde 2 w/ The Family Rain, Brighton, UK
Nov 27 Joiners w/ The Family Rain, Southampton, UK
Nov 28 Thekla w/ The Family Rain, Bristol, UK
Dec 10 Apollo (XFM Winter Wonderland), Manchester, UK

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