The Darts Taking Texas by Storm

 

 

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The Darts (US) are taking their Phoenix-and-Los-Angeles-based girl gang on the road across the US for the first time, beginning with the southern states in January 2017. Listen to The Darts’ debut album – just released in December 2016 on Dirty Water Records (UK) – thedartsus.bandcamp.com.

“I’ve always wanted to be in an all-girl band, with badass girls who are, first of all, awesome musicians,” says singer/organist Nicole Laurenne. And the key there is “badass”. Because this ain’t elevator music. This band is more heavy and aggressive sounding than any of the ladies’ previous bands – which include The Love Me Nots, Motobunny, Zero Zero (Nicole), The Two Tens, The Dollyrots, Thee Outta Sites (drummer/singer Rikki Styxx), The Love Me Nots, Casual Encounters, The Madcaps (bassist/singer Christina Nunez), and Brainspoon (guitarist/singer Michelle Balderrama). What this is, basically, is just good ol’ fashioned Stooges-meets-Trashwomen kind of rock’n’roll, purposely left a little rough around the edges, with a certain old-school punk feel and, most of all, a good-time vibe.

The band formed in early 2016 when, after watching each other’s bands from the sidelines for years, Nicole and Michelle decided it was high time to write some songs and put together the all-girl supergroup of their dreams. With twelve songs ready, Californians Rikki and Michelle recorded their tracks in Los Angeles and Arizonans Nicole and Christina then tracked their parts in Phoenix. Arizona producer Bob Hoag (Flying Blanket Recordings) did the mix, resulting in an album full of garage riffs, girl-group harmonies, heavy fuzz bass, Farfisa organ, pounding drum fills, and all-around lo-fi-turned-hi-fi goodness.

Their song “Take What I Need” powered its way into regular rotation on Little Steven’s syndicated radio show, The Underground Garage, and the band got a surprise shout-out from author Steven King via Twitter. Just two months after playing its first live show together, The Darts signed to esteemed trash-rock British label Dirty Water Records – and released a DIY music video – in December 2016. The band will tour Europe and release its next record this summer 2017.

THE DARTS (US) JAN 2017 TOUR DATES

JAN 14 PHOENIX Valley Bar
JAN 18 EL PASO Lowbrow Palace
JAN 19 SAN ANTONIO Limelight
JAN 20 AUSTIN The Blackheart
JAN 21 HOUSTON Notsuoh
JAN 22 NEW ORLEANS Siberia
JAN 23 AUBURN DeRailed
JAN 24 NASHVILLE Springwater
JAN 25 MEMPHIS DKDC
JAN 26 DALLAS Three Links
JAN 28 TUCSON Flycatcher
JAN 29 PHOENIX Rebel Lounge

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