Hailing from Blackpool, U.K., school friends Nathan Day (vocals, guitar) and Jack Bentham (drums) had been playing music together since their early days and after a chance meeting with bassist Dave Williams -- while working as cleaners at their college -- the trio formed Darlia. While Bentham headed to university, Day and Williams worked their way through drummers. However, once a record deal was on the horizon, the band drafted Bentham back in. Their first release, 2013's Knock Knock EP, earned the trio praise across the board and comparisons to Nirvana flooded in. The group issued their second EP, Candyman, at the beginning of 2014 on B-Unique, with the lead track becoming Zane Lowe's Hottest Record on his BBC Radio 1 show. The trio headed out to tour the U.K. -- with dates at all the major festivals including Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, and T in the Park -- while the singles "Dear Diary" and "Stars Are Aligned" also appeared that year. Darlia headed into the studio to record their debut album at the end of 2014, and the resulting Petals was released in February 2015. ~ Rich Wilson

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