Tuesday 29 October 2013

Those Darlins - Blur The Line

Album review by scott@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

Tennessee-based country-punk outfit Those Darlins now release their third album 'Blur The Line' which is making its way into record store near you. Has it got grit! Formed in 2006, the band features Jessi Darlin, Nikki Darlin, Kelley Darlin and drummer Linwood Regensburg, and after the release their debut 5 years ago they have hit the road and never looked back. They have toured and supported the likes of The Black Keys, Deer Tick, Jon Spencer and queen of rockabilly, Wanda Jackson. Jessi herself is quoted as saying "This album is about honesty, being true to who you are".

It surely a more mature approach and a richer sound than their first two albums, which is an oblivious statement, but this is a band that enjoys playing and writing music. They seem to have come a long way since their self-titled release. Even the album cover suggesting "COME AND PLAY" gives you the invitation to be bold and take risks. The weight and intimacy in the lyrics also gives a wide range of dynamics and means Those Darlins become more than just a another lo-fi punk band: it gives them an identity.

Those Darlins' website

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Catch them live:

11/02/13 Austin, TX, RED7
11/04/13 Santa Fe, NM, Molly’s Kitchen & Lounge
11/05/13 Phoenix, AZ, RHYTHM ROOM
11/07/13 Los Angeles, CA, THE ECHO
11/13/13 San Francisco, CA, THE CHAPEL
11/15/13 Seattle, WA, BARBOZA
11/16/13 Portland, OR, BUNK BAR
11/19/13 Denver, CO, HI-DIVE
11/20/13 Lincoln, NE, VEGA
11/21/13 Kansas City, MO, THE RECORD BAR
11/22/13 Carbondale, IL, HANGAR 9
11/23/13 Louisville, KY, ZANZABAR
12/05/13 Athens, GA, GREEN ROOM
12/06/13 Birmingham, AL, BOTTLETREE
12/07/13 Memphis, TN, HI-TONE CAFE
12/12/13 Asheville, NC, EMERALD LOUNGE
12/13/13 Charlotte SNUG HARBOR
12/14/13 West Columbia, SC, NEWBROOKLAND TAVERN

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