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Live Gig Video: the Darcys perform album title track ‘Warring’ in Toronto in short film

By on Monday, 31st March 2014 at 4:00 pm

The Darcys just celebrated the release of their album ‘Warring’ in the UK last Monday on Arts and Crafts / PIAS. To accompany the achievement, they’ve released this video of them performing the title track at home last October at Adelaide Hall in Toronto as part of a short film. Watch it below.



(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1455: The Darcys

By on Thursday, 20th February 2014 at 6:00 pm

Canadian band The Darcys have unveiled a new video for their piano-driven track ‘The Pacific Theatre’. Rightly so, the visual focuses all attention on singer Jason Couse, performing alone on a grand piano. The song figures on the band’s album ‘Warring’, which sees a UK release on the 24th of March on Arts and Crafts / PIAS. Watch the video below.

The group will appear at this year’s SXSW next month in Austin.



Video of the Moment #1439: The Darcys

By on Wednesday, 29th January 2014 at 6:00 pm

Toronto, Canada’s The Darcys have revealed the promo video for their song ‘Horses Fell’, featured on their album ‘Warring’ that sees its UK release on Arts and Crafts / PIAS on the 24th of March. This promo was filmed in Reno, Nevada, and I’ll let director Michael Maxxis describe it further:

This video follows Sonny Castille, a former Vegas lounge singer who lost everything to drug addiction. He moved to Reno, so he could disappear. I met Sonny at a slot machine in the Sands Hotel at 2 AM, and was moved by his story. It is a story that is presented in his eyes. It is a real story of loss, and I felt it would be an affecting narrative for the ‘Horses Fell’ music video.

It has a Killers’ video vibe at the start, doesn’t it? But the Darcys’ song soundtracks a compelling story. Watch the video below.



Video of the Moment #1412: The Darcys

By on Wednesday, 11th December 2013 at 6:00 pm

Toronto band The Darcys have a new video out for the bafflingly titled ‘Itchy Blood’, off their album ‘Warring’ released earlier this past autumn. The two, long-haired, pretty girls and their inane activities with each other make me think this is a playful jibe at Lana Del Rey, but I find the music much more haunting and effective than anything Lizzie Grant could ever put out. The accompanying press release says of this visual, it “is a post-modern look at the ruinous effects of wealth on youth”. Decide for yourself by watching the video below.



MP3 of the Day #552: Zulu Winter

By on Thursday, 31st May 2012 at 10:00 am

Zulu Winter‘s latest single is ‘Silver Tongue’, now to go down in history as famously yelled for by a massive Norwegian at the 2012 Great Escape. The band will be releasing their album in North America on Toronto, Canada label Arts and Crafts, so it makes sense and fellow labelmates the Darcys took a crack at remixing the single. Listen to and download it below.


Live Review: Bombay Bicycle Club with Lucy Rose and the Darcys, 9:30 Club, Washington DC – 7th March 2012

By on Monday, 12th March 2012 at 2:00 pm

I’m not sure how the rest of 2012 will go, but so far this year I’ve already seen two bands making their Washington debuts. First was Slow Club at DC9 in February. And last Wednesday, it was Bombay Bicycle Club’s turn to make the rounds at 9:30 Club (I don’t count their appearance early in the day on the main stage at September 2011’s Virgin Free Fest at Merriweather Post Pavilion – yes, *that* Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective…) The show was sold out and while I had been warned I’d be surrounded by kids, all in all I was impressed by the local enthusiasm for the Londoners. The night hadn’t started out so well; for one, singer Jack Steadman had left the venue and gone for a walk, only to return and not be recognised by 9:30 staff. Fail.

For sure, it was going to be a very special evening, as Bombay Bicycle Club had brought Lucy Rose, aka the woman who had guested on vocals on both 2010’s ‘Flaws’ and 2011’s ‘A Different Kind of Fix’, along with them on this North American campaign. The question mark was Toronto band the Darcys. I wasn’t sure how this was going to work, but surprisingly, it did. Lucy was first; she came onstage looking very chill in jeans with a rip at the knee, a black jumper and a simple gold chain around her neck. The song ‘Night Bus’ appropriately brought a bit of London to Washington, and the punters assisted with ‘Refect’ (???) shortly after soon as she told us, “this song sounds bigger in my head than I can play it, so I’m going to need your help. (from **7-track EP). When she explained she and Bombay stopped by local rock radio station DC101 and didn’t make it to the White House, she made everyone laugh when she asked if it was worth seeing. The resounding answer, predictably, was no. The only evidence of nerves: she didn’t introduce herself until the end,before finishing with ‘Middle of the Bed’. Even though she was extremely soft spoken, she had plenty of (male) admirers, with lots of “I love you, Lucy!” being shouted out.

It was a bit of a shock to switch gears to the Darcys. Except for their clean-shaven lead guitarist, they could have been mistaken for Kings of Leon who’d been hiding out in a cave and this was their first surfacing and chance to rock out to every emotion. And whoever wrote their Wikipedia entry made a mistake, I think; they’re listed as being of the art rock genre, and when I think of art rock, I think of Roxy Music and Art Brut. No, these Canadians can be loud and can shred on command, yet in perfect harmony. I usually shun “jam bands” but I actually welcomed the drawn out outros of their songs. Wow. I was very pleasantly surprised as they sometimes sounded like psych rock but mostly just rock that’s balls to the wall, but held back enough to just skirt the boundary of chaos. Controlled, yet highly enjoyable chaos.

Amusedly, young girls in front of me with their bouncing hair chanted “BBC! BBC!” (how strange this sounded!), as strange disco and earlier dance music played on the PA in the intervening time between acts. Having had not witnessed Beatlemania firsthand, I can only guess that the reaction to Bombay taking the stage probably approximated the craziness. Good lord. I made the mistake of not putting in my right ear’s earplug until after the first couple gently guitar notes of ‘How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep’ and I think I almost lost my eardrum. The screaming was that loud. As I predicted, Lucy Rose returned to duet with Jack Steadman on ‘Leave It’ and one of my personal favourites, ‘Lights Out, Words Gone’. One song was arranged to allow the spotlight to be squarely on drummer Suren de Saram; everyone else on stage brought over various decidedly not usual percussion instruments (recycling bin, anyone?) for him to beat on in turn. Fantastic. Guitarist Jamie **last name dedicated a song from ‘Flaws’, played semi-acoustically on this night, to his grandmother who’s from Washington. Who knew?

Not sure if this is a regular part of a Bombay show, but it confirmed the craziness was not confined to the audience only. And what did the crowd do? Screamed their heads off. Generally I do not see boys at DC shows dancing, but fans of both sexes were cutting a rug to Bombay Bicycle Club’s’ patented brand of off kilter indie rock when they returned with an encore of ‘Shuffle’ and ‘What You Want’. We learned from Steadman that this was the largest show they’d played in America yet and that he thought we “were fucking amazing”. I thought the two young girls in front of me were going to faint from the excitement, half of the time yelling and attempting to grab at the band, the other half of the time looking like they were going to die because Jack Steadman was standing so close to them. I have to be honest, I’ve never been a massive fan of Bombay Bicycle Club (I liked their first album ‘I Had the Blues but I Shook Them Loose’ the best) and while I was aware they have a devoted following at home, I had no idea that Bombaymania existed in America. Need evidence? A girls’ bra, scrawled presumably with her name and mobile number, was thrown onstage and shortly after Steadman and MacColl shared a grin as if they could say to each other, “they love us. They really love us!” Bless. Could they follow in the footsteps of their 2011 North American tourmates Two Door Cinema Club? Quite possibly.

After the cut: Bombay Bicycle’s set list in DC.
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