12 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Those Darlins branch out on their second release, Screws Get Loose. The bratty charm and bravado is still there but the songwriting is more interesting this time around and they increase the rock ‘n’ roll sizzle by pulling in garage, surf rock, and girl group influences while decreasing the country flavor. Where the drummer and lone male of the quartet, Linwood Regensburg, stuck to a straight shuffle beat on their debut, here the rhythms are varied and dynamic. He even gets a shot at lead vocals on “Let U Down” while the other three Darlins take turns at the microphone. Jessi Darlins’ sexy snarl is irresistible on the title track, “Mystic Mind,” and “Tina Said,” and Nikki and Kelley Darlins’ sweeter delivery on tough yet tender tunes “Hives” and “Boy” mixes things up. Witty, colorful lyrics cover the she side of the classic boyfriend/girlfriend scenarios they present, especially on the hilarious and infectious “Be Your Bro” and “Fatty Needs a Fix” in which they know what the boys want, but sorry fellas, they’re just not interested. This is high-octane rock ‘n’ roll delivered with a wink and sneer.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Those Darlins branch out on their second release, Screws Get Loose. The bratty charm and bravado is still there but the songwriting is more interesting this time around and they increase the rock ‘n’ roll sizzle by pulling in garage, surf rock, and girl group influences while decreasing the country flavor. Where the drummer and lone male of the quartet, Linwood Regensburg, stuck to a straight shuffle beat on their debut, here the rhythms are varied and dynamic. He even gets a shot at lead vocals on “Let U Down” while the other three Darlins take turns at the microphone. Jessi Darlins’ sexy snarl is irresistible on the title track, “Mystic Mind,” and “Tina Said,” and Nikki and Kelley Darlins’ sweeter delivery on tough yet tender tunes “Hives” and “Boy” mixes things up. Witty, colorful lyrics cover the she side of the classic boyfriend/girlfriend scenarios they present, especially on the hilarious and infectious “Be Your Bro” and “Fatty Needs a Fix” in which they know what the boys want, but sorry fellas, they’re just not interested. This is high-octane rock ‘n’ roll delivered with a wink and sneer.

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About Those Darlins

With a sound that falls somewhere between Shonen Knife, the Shangri-Las, and the Carter Family, Murfreesboro, Tennessee-based country-punk outfit Those Darlins have shared the stage with everyone from the Black Keys and Deer Tick to Jon Spencer and Wanda Jackson. Formed in 2006, the band (taking a cue from the Ramones) features Nikki Darlin, Jessi Darlin, Kelley Darlin, and drummer Linwood Regensburg. In 2009, after honing their distinct sound in the Nashville club scene, they released their eponymous debut, hit the road, and never looked back, selling out some of the biggest cities in the market. They brought their raucous live show to the festival scene as well, hitting up SXSW and Bonnaroo before releasing their sophomore effort, Screws Get Loose, in March 2011. After touring some behind the album, Kelly Anderson decided to leave the group in February of 2012 and formed a new band, Grand Strand. She was replaced by Adrian Barrera of Barreracudas and Gentleman Jesse & His Men. The new lineup began recording a new EP with legendary producer Scott Litt that turned into album sessions. One song, "Mystic Mind," was released as a single, but the album never materialized. The band returned to the studio with producer Roger Moutenot to try again. This time the recording sessions proved more fruitful, and the more restrained and thoughtful Blur the Line was released in October of 2013. ~ James Christopher Monger

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