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It’s been a hugely impressive start to 2014 for Darlia. The Blackpool trio followed their introductory Queen of Hearts EP with a crunching first single, Candyman, clocking up hefty rotation on Radio 1 and heading out on two sold-out UK tours, alongside support slots with The Family Rain and The Orwells.
The brainchild of frontman Nathan Day, Darlia evoke memories of classic ‘90’ US grunge bands, but give it an almighty injection of heady melody to bring that impactful sound right up to date. It’s not a genre that we’ve become accustomed to hearing on British radio, but Nathan and Darlia demand to be setting the precedents and not part of the chasing pack.
Formed in the head of their frontman as a teen, barely 20-years-old Nathan is a musician who has been plotting and planning this moment for longer than he can remember. Forming the band with the only other musician he knew, Jack Bentham, and discovering bassist Dave Williams quite by accident, Darlia now have a wealth of material to draw upon.
Dear Diary strikes where Candyman and Knock Knock had already made raw indentations. Three minutes of head-spinning indie-rock that bely their youth, wrapped-up in fizzing hooks and melodies, all capped by Nathan’s devilish snarl.
Darlia sound exciting. They sound relevant and like they were born to do this. British guitar music is entering a very healthy next phase, and this intense brand of Blackpool Rock is at the very forefront of its fresh inception.