Tell me if this sounds familiar: three like-minded musicians form a band, and as part of their schtick they all take the same last name. Then they work that last name into the band’s name. They proceed to do things their own way, with attitude. Eventually their music gets noticed and they take New York by storm. You’ve heard this before right? It’s The Ramones, right?
Nope. Instead of long-haired ugly dudes from New York, this is a trio of Southern chicks. Where The Ramones’ music was straightforward and easy to define, their music shifts from song to song, jumping genres and defying expectations. They do share The Ramones’ spirit though: they’re doing things their way, and they don’t care what you think about it. They’re Those Darlins, and you’d best take notice, because if they have their way they’re taking over the music world.
Those Darlins is made up of Kelley, Jessi, and Nikki Darlin. In a true collective effort, they all write songs and they all sing. Kelley plays bass. Jessi plays guitar. And Nikki plays baritone ukulele. Didn’t see that coming, did you? They’re music ranges from messy punk to sweet country, and can best be described as honky punk.
The three Darlins came from different backgrounds, but hooked up in Murfreesboro, TN, after Kelley and Jessi met at Southern Girls Rock ‘n Roll Camp. They live together in a house filled with music and whiskey bottles. They shoot old LPs with BB guns in their back yard. In short, these chicks are cool.
Those Darlins’ self-titled debut album came out this past week, and in short, it rocks. Seriously, go buy this. I’m not kidding. Here’s a sample of what you’ll get when you do pick it up:
The first single from Those Darlins has been stuck in my head for two days now. And I’m not complaining. A medium-tempo rockabilly shuffle that tells the tale of a woman who turns from sweetheart to wild child after a couple of drinks. In other words, my kind of woman.
Hey ladies, if all you can do is sing, drink, and dance, that’s fine with me. Fun fact: 222 is also the name of the studio where the band recorded the album!
“Drivin’ Nails in My Coffin” (Jerry Irby cover)
“The Whole Damn Thing”