Just wanted to send out a quick apology to all 7 of my readers. Recently I took on a new position at the paying gig (aka work) that has been taking up a lot of my free time. My hours range from early morning to late nights so my sleeping pattern is kind of messed up at the moment.
I can tell you that I have not forgotten about this little site I run here and have tons I need to share with you. I just need to stop wanting to hibernate every time I come home.
I do have some concerts lined up this week and beyond:
Sadly I will be missing another show that night since I can’t be in two places at one time. A band called Youth Group is playing at Musica in Akron. I have heard great thinks about these guys from Australia.
Here, see for yourself:
Mike Doughty – Beachland Ballroom – 10/13/09 The one time lead man of Soul Coughing returns to Cleveland touring in support of his latest release Sad Man, Happy Man, a CD I am trying to finish reviewing. Having seen Mike Doughty many times in the past I know this is going to be one awesome show.
Converge w/ High On Fire – Grog Shop – 10/19/09 I am really hoping to make this show… You have no idea how badly I want to see Converge. I just hope I can make it.
Mae w/ special guest Jenny Owen Youngs – Musica – 10/30/09 I am super pumped to see both artists this night not only because I am a big fan of both but I get to hang out with my good pal Matt from Addicted To Vinyl and his super cool lady.
The Whigs w/ The Features – Musica – 10/31/09 As if one night with ATV and lady is not good enough I am going to hang out with them both again to see another great line-up. I previously saw The Features at the Grog Shop when Those Darlins played with them so I know they are entertaining already and this will be the first time seeing The Whigs live. Good times to be had, I know it.
Gallows – Grog Shop – 11/08/09 This show is going to be insane…I know it. This UK band always is a insane act to see live. I expect Frank Carter and crew to cause some hell on this Sunday night.
Here is a reason why I love Gallows so much:
Insanity. I love it.
So far that is all I have lined up but you never know. I am trying my hardest to see as many shows as I can.
I’m planning on knocking out some reviews here shortly and I have some amazing bands I want to share with everyone including FREE MP3s! So hang in there and I promise to spoil you with something entertaining.
For the third time this year Nashville’s trio of vixens also known as Those Darlins returned to Cleveland.The trio recently released their debut album on their very own Oh Wow Dang records and the girls decided it would be best to celebrate via touring the states.Having just played the Beachland Ballroom as an opening act a few months ago, the girls were headlining their own show this time at the cozy little Beachland Tavern.
I really did not catch the two opening band’s names nor do I care to know them for future reference.The first band of the night with the canine name really had this cool young Stooges feel at times but to be honest, they needed to practice more.People do not pay money for shows to watch two plus attempts at starting a song let alone see the signer get angry with the snickering crowd because of the mishap.Simmer down tight jean wearing lead singer lad; practice makes perfect, anyone can tell you that.
The second band was just too much for me.Imagine a lead signer you think might have a signing voice like Chris Martin only to be shocked by vocals that resemble more Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star) meets Ween.There was a small crowd checking them out and I was not one of them.The music was not bad but adding that creepy helium singing over it just ruined it.
Ed. Note: Now normally I try not to bash bands too much while performing (blatant lie of course), but it’s kind of hard not to when your good buddy and music critic Matt is sitting next to you. I won’t post anything we “Tweeted” that night but feel free to try and find the few that we did post while sitting through that torture.
Luckily Those Darlins were up next so unlike someone I know, I stayed for their set.After all it was the whole reason I was at the tavern.I sure as hell was not there to see the two opening bands…
With a slow start into their set Those Darlins played as the crowd stood motionless almost like Lake Erie zombies but soon everyone mellowed out after a few songs and drinks.The threesome of ladies played their all too familiar boot-stomping fun country-rock and by the looks of all the nodding heads in the tavern I was not the only one enjoying it.
Smiles were all over the faces of Those Darlins as they played quite a few tracks off of their debut album including “222”, Wild One”, and to comical “Whole Damn Thing”.For the first time since I have seen them live they jumped off the stage for a moment to interact with the crowd and at one time Kelly Darlin almost leveled my friend to the ground as she dove towards him with bass in hnd.Nikki Darlin even took the mic to the floor and danced with one lucky gentleman as she sang. Fan interaction is always a good thing.
There’s a reason why I have seen these ladies live so many times.Is it because they are good looking?Perhaps.Is it because I really get a kick out of their style?Indeed.
There’s just something so addictive about their blend of music that just captured me the first time I heard it.Since then I am sure many of you readers know I became almost fanatical with them. I joked with Kelly Darlin after the show that night that I was a “Darlin Junkie” and she laughed but understood my gratitude for her and her band.
If you have not checked out the band yet do me a favor and at least hit up their MySpace page and sample some of their songs.You might be surprised, as I was, and might like them.Punk rock attitude, drinking dames, and country music fortitude; does it seriously get any better than this???
Before I even start this review you all should know that this band hit me hard in the ears with something good. Ever since my introduction I have been a fan and I really like to support these girls hense all of the posts in recent months.
I guess that is one of the cool things about having your own blog, freedom to do what you want. Well what I want is to help out three ladies from the Nashville area be heard. I know they should have no problem doing so but it does not hurt to help.
Next week Those Darlins return to Cleveland on July 14th and you can bet your grits I will be there. Do yourself a favor and get up to the Beachland Tavern to check out this great up and coming band. I would not talk about them so much if I did not think they were all that.
So what that said, here is the review of the debut release by Those Darlins:
Tennessee’s best kept little secret no longer remains hidden as Those Darlins have released their debut self titled album on their very own label Oh Wow Dang! Records. Kelly Darlin, Nikki Darlin, and Jessie Darlin who make up Those Darlins do their own thing their own way. The result is a band that spills out some great tunes combining pop with rock, punk, and country.
Hailing from Murfreesboro, TN the musically inclined trio of women have already made their way around the US playing shows small and large. With their constant touring with acts such as Dan Auerbach, The Features, and even playing a stage at this year’s Bonnaroo, the girls have finally released their debut album for all to hear.
Having already been a huge fan, I was excited for their music to spread to a larger audience. I think it will not be too difficult for that to happen thanks to this release.
So what is it about this band that has more or less turned me into an obsessed fan? The girls mix the perfect blend of garage rock, punk, and even some country rock style all into a sound I just can not get enough of. They have enough sass to knock your grandpa to the floor, the looks that guarantee instant crushes, the smiles of angels, and can party down like no other. I’m pretty sure they can all kick your ass too with out any help.
Their Appalachian sounds seems to clash with a punk attitude as well as female strong ideals. This mix becomes smashed into a fine sounding bar-rock jam fom three good looking gals who drink their whiskey from the bottle. Think Wanda Jackson and Patsy Cline meet Joan Jett with even a taste of some Kathleen Hanna.
The classic covers of the Carter Family’s “Who’s That Knocking At My Window?” as well as “Cannonball Blues” proved Those Darlins have a rendering for the country genre but when you move throughout the album you can clearly hear that their musical roots are not just from Nashville
Opening track “Red Light Love” does not even suggest they are a country act as they play a more bar-rock song. What I like about this one so much is I can actually feel them smiling as they sing this fun song.
“Wild One” is more or less the girls’ anthem/reminder of being wild and crazy. This song is Wanda Jackson with punk rock authority and provides a fair warning to all the folk out there that have a more than a musical liken for Those Darlins. This was the first song I had heard from the band and was the reason became so fond of them.
“The Whole Damn Thing”, to me, was the funniest song on the album as the girls sing about getting hammered and eating an entire chicken. To make things even more amusing the song continues with the consumed chicken being forgotten about.
Almost reminding me of something Johnny Cash might have written during his raging days was “Glass To You”, a drunken slur of a track. I almost felt bad for the girls in this painful song as they declare they are having “whiskey blues” and have “been drunk since half past noon” because of their man. Having more than one vocalist sing throughout just keeps it unhappy.
“Snaggle Tooth Mama” is a boot-stomping country jam with some fun intermitting guitar and bar room piano playing that by the end of the track will have you singing along. “222” is a tough track about all about boys, parties, and fun. Coincidentally one of the studios that the girls recorded at was in NYC at Jeff Curtin’s basement studio called 222. Jeff Curtin also took on the drumming duties for most of the tracks on this album.
“DUI Or Die” was more of a tale of an alcohol infused evening out all ending with sirens and jail bars as well as blaming to booze. “Drunk driving, I’m guilty, and I’m blaming the booze” pretty much summed up the song in a comical way also giving hint to all the ladies who want to avoid DUIs but going home with someone and letting them drive.
Even though some of the songs suggest a country rock like style, they add much more rock and roll and punk rock finesse giving for a fiercer sound. Having the girls split up vocal duties just keeps their songs that much more interesting. Their debut album is an instant classic to my ears and I am sure it will be for many as all of the songs are very catchy, musically and lyrically. This is not a band you will forget about after just one album. These girls are going places.
Seeing them live is a whole experience in its own. Big crowds or small crowds these girls play their hearts out, drink the big boy drinks, and will force you to have a good time. When they take the stage one might think they do not have the capabilities that make up what Those Darlins are all about – loud music and good times. The moment the guitars are strummed and the vocals start it’s clear that something fun is about to happen.
Who am I kidding? I am all about Those Darlins. Out of nowhere they were introduced to my ears thanks to the good folk at Thirty Tigers and I could not help but to like them. There was just something about their take on rock infused with country that was ever so appealing to me. I turned into an instant fan.
This past Saturday their debut album was released on LP on First Vinyl Saturday.. I might have purchased 2 copies… They were available to Music Saves in Cleveland and Shake It Records in Cincinnati so I know great independent record stores have them.
I’m currently in the works of finishing a review of their CD that very well may be one of my favorite releases of the year. I know we are only 6 months into the year and anything can happen…
Today I received an email from Those Darlins I thought would be best to just share in its entirety. It’s an announcement from the girls to you:
We’re coming to get you.
We dare you to just say yes.
Those Darlins will soon be roaming this great nation, bringing all Americans together the only way we know how: sheer freak spectacle.
But don’t just come see the spectacle, be the spectacle. We want you. We dare you. We, in fact, need you.
Have a drink, have a dance. Don’t worry about the environment being intolerant, too cool, too lame, too country, too anything. EVERYONE is invited; you’re one of us.
It’s Summer 2009, and, damnit, be here with us in the now. Don’t let the economic downturn ruin your appetite for some basic human relief: a good time.
Say yes… we already have. And we are bringing gifts (records, drinks, maybe even a kiss from our merch-man Byron) to the folks ready to lead the charge with us at every show.
Grow some fur, burn your laurels, let us see your inner spirit animal.
And, until then, enjoy Red Light Love, and make a date with us to make this the best summer ever.
SUMMER TOUR DATES
“Buy the ticket, take the ride.” – HST
6/25: Atlanta @ Drunken Unicorn
6/26: Athens, GA @ AthFest
6/27: Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge $
7/07: Arlington, VA @ Iota Club & Cafe
7/09: NYC @ Mercury Lounge +
7/10: Brooklyn @ Southpaw **, ++
7/11: Philadelphia @ Johnny Brenda’s
7/13: Pittsburgh @ Club Café
7/14: Cleveland @ Beachland Tavern
7/15: Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room
7/16: Indianapolis @ Radio Radio
7/17: Chicago @ Schubas
7/18: Minneapolis @ 7th St. Entry
7/20: Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing Company
7/21: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Front Room
7/22: Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
7/23: Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
7/24: St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
7/25: Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
9/18 & 19: Bristol, VA @ Bristol Roots & Reunion Festival
$ W/The Black Lips – VINYL RELEASE PARTY
+ W/Heavy Trash (Jon Spencer) CD RELEASE PARTY
** W/So So Glos BROOKLYN RELEASE PARTY
++ W/We Are Country Mice BROOKLYN RELEASE PARTY
BUY THE DEBUT ALBUM EARLY NOW!
OPTIONS To Buy The CD Early Before Official 7/7 street date:
1) VINYL (W/CD of FULL ALBUM) at INDIE RETAIL STORES NOW! — it really is the most beautiful package. Hope you get to indie retail soon while they are giving away a pair of Blublocker sunglasses with the purchase of the vinyl and you get the CD as well inserted in the package. (Editiors Note: Rumor has it that the first pressings are PINK!)
The first day was insane. It was just Adam and I as Matt decided to go to see the B-52’s play in Chattanooga. (To each their own my friends…) Being the nice guy that I am I dropped his ass off down by the river in Chattanooga and then headed to Bonnaroo with Adam for our first day of the four day weekend.
Bonnaroo is just as great as I remember it. Tons of people all sharing the same vibe. Music playing all over the place full of different genres. Vendors selling their crafts as well as food and taking donations for various causes including something called “Mountain Top Removal“.
It was a little scattered on the farm as many people would not be arriving until Friday. People would actually be piling in all night long as some were not as fortunate as myself in having an extended weekend.
There are plenty more booths that need to be checked out and I will be doing some more of that today.
I saw some great acts I have never seen before as well as some favorites like Those Darlins. Yes, I am aware that I talk about them entirely too much but once you see them live you will understand my liken for the bunch. Not only is their music fun and catchy but the girls are super cool too. After their set Kelly Darlin spotted me and recognized me from her last show in Cleveland. She gave me a huge hug and chatted for a moment. I’m not starstruck or anything, but how cool is that? I know I am an unforgettable guy and all but for someone who has been non-stop touring for months and seen millions of faces, to remember one is pretty rad
John and Katie from Thirty Tigers were there too. I seriously love those two, they are great. Where I would have liked to have hung with them more after Those Darlins rocked out it was thunderstorming way too much and they had to help get the girl’s gear to their van. I’m hoping to run into them today.
So I leave you here with some photos I took with my little camera yesterday. I am not sure that I want to take in the good camera with the threat of storms and whatnot. I prefer to come home with no damaged equipment. We are prepared though. I purchased a rain jacket and waterproof box and Adam and Matt both got ponchos.