Artist: Those Darlins and The Funstix Label: Oh Wow Dang
Side A: “Night Jogger”- Let me first say this is a tad bit more adventerous in sound for the Darlins, which is a good thing. If you’re big into their country sound (which I am) you may or may not dig this. I mean this still retains a lot of country elements, but it’s not as evident as their previous works. Either way, I’d like to see them expand into new territory. This song has a great groove and is almost modest in a sense; just like a layed back, slick, cool song, not too wild or attention grabbing and yet you can still dance to it. The vocals are what we have come to expect from the group and they are as solid as ever. Not my favorite from them, but it’s still a good song.
Side B: “Funstix Party”- This is the better of the two songs: a rowdy, rockin and rollin, female King Khan BBQ number (lyrically anyway). This has a great blend of country-Darlins styled vocals with garage punk (I know I hate using the broad label too, but it really works here) production: jangely guitars, a nice little solo section, and pounding drums. It’s heavier than the A Side and in my opinion is much funner. I can picture this being a great song to mosh and sing along to live. The lyrics are humorous and licentious, which is always a pleasure- “I’ll bring the pussy you bring the dicks. FUNSTIX PARTY! FUNSTIX PARTY!” Now, that’s what I like to hear!
Overall Grade: B+
Once again, Those Darlins will be playing in Boston at T.T. the Bears on Friday, September 17. I can’t wait! And if you are not in the Boston/New England area, then check around, since the Darlins are on tour right now and very well could be hitting up a club near you.
Those Darlins (11:40) are on the bill as the headliner with The Strange Boys (10:30) and Gentleman Jesse and His Men (9:30) opening. Chris and I saw The Strange Boys open for Spoon a few months ago. We saw Gentleman Jesse and His Men open for Black Lips in March 2009. Never have we seen Those Darlins, although we did hear about them playing a while back.
Chris will probably follow-up soon with an extensive review of his own. This is just for my record keeping purposes.
Band: Those Darlins Release: 2009
1. “Red Light Love” – 8.8 2. “Wild One” – 8.3 3. “Mama’s Heart” – 8.4 4. “Hung up on Me” – 8.5 5. “The whole damn Thing” – 8.5 6. “Who’s That knockin’ at my Window” – 7.9 7. “Snaggle Tooth Mama” – 7.7 8. “Cannonball Blues” – 8.2
9. “222” – 9.0 10. “DUI or DIE” – 8.6 11. “Keep my Skillet Good and Greasy” – 7.2
Comment: Country has never been my thing, per se, though at least a few of my favorite bands draw at least some significant influence from the genre. Those Darlins are probably best described as a throwback to early country/rockabilly. I guess it’s not really my thing, but I do appreciate it.
They opened for King Khan & BBQ Show…but only for a few weeks worth of dates. They are playing at TT The Bears on February 4! I recommend checking out some of their live videos in addition to this music vid, which bears at least some resemblance to the Black Lips’ style.