Darlings play a brand of mischievous lo-fi garage pop that has the potential to fill you with a sense of nostalgia for your wilder days (assuming your youth has passed at this point), or, if you’re still young, that remind you of recent parties you’ve attended and done something spontaneous (or stupid) at. The band meshes perfect melodies with scrappy, gritty instrumentation and whimsical lyrics about amusing situations, as in the infectious and literal “Eviction Party”. The band, however, is more than just a playful good time. They are also incredibly tight, with a knack for subtle and intricate guitar and rhythm parts, and they’re not afraid to get a bit noisy if it feels right. The band received some solid local praise (the New York Times!) for their full-length, Yeah I Know, released last year, and as of this interview, were gearing up to release the Warma EP on Famous Class records. The band’s drummer, Matt, answered a few questions for The Deli:
How did Darlings come together?
Matt: We were all friends in college and started playing together our senior year in the apartment I shared with Joe.
Where was the Warma EP recorded? Will the new songs differ in sound from what we heard on Yeah I Know?
Matt: We recorded Warma at Headgear Studios in Williamsburg with our friend Nick Smeraski, who also recorded Yeah I Know. Most of it was done live and I think that comes across in the energy of the recordings. It has the same sort of vibe as the full-length—fun and relatively clean-sounding—but some of the songs definitely have a heavier edge.
What can we expect in the near future from Darlings?
Matt: We have four or five new songs so far that will probably go towards our next full length we've been testing them out live. We'll probably be playing some shows out of town before the end of the year, but our jobs make prolonged touring pretty tough.
What are some of your favorite NYC bands, or just bands you’ve shared the stage with that you really enjoy?
Matt: We're big fans of this band Big Troubles that we've played with a couple of times... just big, loud, dreamy sounds. We also love our friends the Sundelles, Tony Castles and Regal Degal. They're definitely three of the best bands in Brooklyn right now.
Any crazy stories from touring, or just bizarre/interesting experiences you’ve had as a result of being in a band or just living in NYC?
I think we're pretty tame, but we always have a good time when we leave NYC--it's like a family road trip. A few months ago we were at a house party in St. Louis and Willie from Boogie Boarder/Tony Castles fell through a glass table. That was pretty good, but I guess we weren't directly responsible. We just laughed a bit and went back to the hotel.