Monday 7 July 2014

Obligatory Record Of The Day! Darlia - Pandemonium

Single review by KevW

Hype: it's a four-letter word, and one that most new bands crave, hoping for the press and public to hail them as the next big things they deserve to become. Then, when the much sought after attention comes along, it can be an albatross around your neck, leaving you forever trying to live up to the expectations that overexcited journalists, DJs and bloggers have heaped upon you, determined to be the first to play your music and cement their own position as tastemakers. Blackpool trio Darlia know a thing or two about hype. Since late last year everyone from NME to The Guardian to The BBC have declared them to be a group who many indie/alt-rock fans would fall for in a big way (including us).

Grungy sounds have been on the comeback trail for a while now, so it's an opportune moment for Darlia to launch themselves and reap the benefits. But have they lived up to the potential bestowed upon them? Coverage, praise and fanbase certainly suggest they're on the right track, and their singles have garnered attention. The latest, 'Dear Diary', shows you why; it's a grunge-influenced indie-rock number with more of a mainstream feel than anything they've released so far. With its big chorus it could serve them well. Flip it over though (if you've bought the 7" that is), and you'll find something even more rewarding. 'Pandemonium' might not have the ever so slight arena-rock leanings of the A-side, but as a scuzzy, tuneful, alternative guitar track, this one really hits the spot. You could argue that either track could have been the lead, but due to its edgier sound and constant droning buzz, it's this one that we're giving our seal of approval to.

Darlia's website

Buy the single

Catch them live:

Jul 12 2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham, Uk  
Jul 13 T IN THE PARK Festival, Kinross, United Kingdom  
Jul 19 Truck Festival, Oxford, United Kingdom  
Jul 24 Oxford Art Factory w/ Skaters, Sydney, Australia  
Jul 25 North Byron Parklands, Wooyung, Australia  
Jul 26 Corner Hotel w/ Skaters, Melbourne, Australia  
Aug 01 Moulridge Lane, Pikehall, Derbyshire Dales, United Kingdom  
Aug 03 Y Not Festival, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Aug 08 Boardmasters Festival, Newquay, United Kingdom  
Aug 21 Clwb Ifor Bach w/Wolf Alice, Cardiff, United Kingdom  
Aug 22 Reading Festival, Reading, United Kingdom  
Aug 23 Leeds Festival, Leeds, United Kingdom  
Sep 22 Library, Birmingham, United Kingdom  
Sep 23 EVAC Loft, Liverpool, United Kingdom  
Sep 24 King Tuts, Glasgow, United Kingdom  
Sep 25 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, United Kingdom  
Sep 26 Thekla, Bristol, United Kingdom  
Sep 27 Ruby Lounge, Manchester, United Kingdom  
Sep 29 The Haunt, Brighton, United Kingdom  
Sep 30 Oslo, London, United Kingdom

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