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Single Review: Darlia – Beam Me Up

 
By on Wednesday, 14th June 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

Back in 2013, Darlia released a debut EP ‘Knock Knock’. This was followed by festival appearances and releasing a debut album, ‘Petals’, in early 2015. Now in 2017 we have a new release from the Blackpool-born trio, the ensnaring ‘Beam Me Up’.

The band has been compared to Nirvana many times before. After reading that was the case, I was determined to approach the band with a fresh point of view, but I inevitably found myself comparing Darlia’s sound to that of Seattle’s finest. It’s a resemblance that is particularly evident on previous grungier tracks from the band, like ‘I’ve Never Been to Ohio’ and other tracks from ‘Petals’.

On ‘Beam Me Up’, produced by the band’s own Nathan Day and Frank Colucci, the similarities are still there. There are Cobain-esque notes in Day’s throaty vocals as well as echoes of Cobain’s vulnerable melancholia in the songwriting. Day himself states that he writes music because he can’t afford a therapist, and you can certainly feel the cathartic energy in the track.

Featuring a gently lilting piano in the intro and a chorus packing a solid alt-rock momentum with twanging guitars and whirring electronic notes throughout the whole song, it’s a track that satisfies the grunge-loving teenager in me. Day has the near-monotone drawl in the verses, with the hoarse shout in the chorus down to an art.

There’s honest emotion in lyrics like “wouldn’t it be good / if it was understood”, and “I’m a broken doll”, which, paired with the mysterious synth sounds and upbeat tempo, helps the song from slipping into a self-pitying vibe. You get the feeling this is just Day being himself, and that’s part of the appeal of Darlia’s sound.

8.5/10

Darlia’s new single ‘Beam Me Up’ is out now on Ignition Records. So far this year, Darlia have supported Twin Atlantic on their UK tour, but you can catch them on a number of dates later this year, including Community Festival 2017 at Finsbury Park, and Neighbourhood Festival 2017 in Manchester. It’s been a bit since we wrote about the Blackpool rockers, but you can catch up on all our past coverage of them through here.

 

Album Review: Darlia – Petals

 
By on Thursday, 5th March 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

Blackpool has yet to be labelled with a reputation for cultivating firecracker, grunge rock. With their mini-album ‘Petals’ however, the town’s native rock ‘n’ roll trio Darlia could be in a position to complete that transformation.

That transformation will have to come after you piece your way through their previous singles, mind. Darlia’s attempt at a so-called ‘mini-album’ sees them strike at your ears with what is essentially, an extended EP: a half way house between their ballsy breakthrough singles and a debut full length, which is anticipated for release at the end of 2015.

‘Stars Are Aligned’ has been a defining track in their steady rise, with a fug of heavy, thrashing riffs that kicks open the eight-track collection, as 20-year old frontman Nathan Day’s adds woozy Brit-drawl with the lyrics, “Let’s not make peace again, I’m tired of hearing amends”. Darlia are committed to casting a sound far bigger than their three-piece, pulling it off with catchy appeal and memorable choruses, both here and on ‘Never Been to Ohio’. The band’s notoriety first came with their breakout track ‘Queen of Hearts’, which has been supercharged with a new recording for ‘Petals’. The swift 2 minutes and 47 seconds are now even more intense, as they navigate dramatic and charging shifts in momentum, from steady indie rock verses that are laced with a volley of riffs, before surging into euphoric choruses.

‘Candyman’ is where the band really hit the sweet spot of their anthemic indie rock and live up to the expectations as one of the UK’s most promising new bands, however. They remain grungy and fierce, rushing with overpowering choruses, but the driving bass, lofty drums and bolshy vocals (“choose which doomsday suits you most, while I set the scene…”) keep them sounding more controlled and mature as they ebb into the grunge-pop of ‘Dear Diary’. On ‘Say Your Prayers’, Darlia come as close to a ballad as they may ever come, and it’s a cracking effort. Slow burning, at this tempo they accomplish their most nostalgic moments, including with their acoustic closing cuts of ‘Pandemonium’ and ‘Candyman’.

Just as they needed to prove their worth as more than flat-out rock and rollers, Day and his bandmates have proven themselves to be songwriters who are equally adept at channelling a more passive and composed sound. Reverbing riffs are still their backbone, but Darlia have finally highlighted that there’s far more to them than raucous energy alone. Now it’s just a question of which direction they’ll take their album in – they can only coast along on their standout singles for so long.

7/10

‘Petals’ is out now on B-Unique Records. You can stream it in full below. Tickets to their just announced April/May UK headline tour are on sale now.

 

Darlia / April and May 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 4th March 2015 at 8:00 am
 

Blackpool rock band Darlia will headline eight live shows in the UK this spring, following on the release of their mini-album ‘Petals’ last week and their recent February tour. Below the tour date listing, watch the video for the band’s latest single ‘I’ve Never Been to Ohio’.

Ahead of their own headline shows, Darlia will support The Wombats on their April tour of the UK. Tickets for the following shows will be available today, the 4th of March, at 9 AM.

Tuesday 14th April 2015 – Guildford Boileroom
Saturday 18th April 2015 – Warwick University
Friday 1st May 2015 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Saturday 2nd May 2015 – Stockton Georgian Theatre
Sunday 3rd May 2015 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Tuesday 5th May 2015 – Manchester Club Academy
Wednesday 6th May 2015 – London Electric Ballroom
Friday 8th May 2015 – Birmingham Library

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Darlia / February 2015 English Tour

 
By on Thursday, 11th December 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Blackpool rock trio Darlia have announced a headline tour of England to coincide with the release of their mini-album ‘Petals’, due out on the 23rd of February 2015 via B-Unique Records. The mini-album will feature a new recording of the band’s debut single ‘Queen of Hearts’. You can watch the video for that track below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows are on sale now.

Monday 16th February 2015 – Bedford Esquires
Tuesday 17th February 2015 – London Garage
Thursday 19th February 2015 – Nottingham Bodega
Friday 20th February 2015 – Manchester Academy 3
Saturday 21st February 2015 – Stoke Sugarmill
Sunday 22nd February 2015 – Bristol Thekla
Tuesday 24th February 2015 – Leeds Wardrobe

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Live Gig Video: Darlia frontman Nathan Day performs an acoustic version of new single ‘Stars Are Aligned’

 
By on Wednesday, 1st October 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

Blackpool trio Darlia are known for their loud, brash style and heavy riffs, so today’s video comes across maybe not as a total shock but a definite surprise. Here is a live performance by their frontman Nathan Day, playing an acoustic version of the band’s upcoming single ‘Stars Are Aligned’ all alone.

The single will be released on the 27th of October on B-Unique Records.

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Video of the Moment #1538: Darlia

 
By on Thursday, 5th June 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Blackpool band Darlia have released the video for their next single ‘Dear Diary’, filmed by photographer and first-time video director Tom Oxley. ‘Dear Diary’ will be released on the 7th of July on B-Unique Records and follows on from their last release, the ‘Candyman’ EP that our Ben reviewed in April. Watch the promo below.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN6qSlC5Ijs[/youtube]

 
 
 

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