Those Darlins

Blur The Line feels like an eponymous debut. This record is not a departure, nor is it simply growth. It is a realization purely of where Those Darlins are as artists right now. After sophomore record Screws Get Loose, Jessi, Nikki, and Linwood set out to uncover the true complex, contradictory nature of themselves as individuals and as a band. The result is a record to file on your shelf between Patti Smith’s Easter and Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk. Blur The Line is a first-rate album of powerful tracks that mingle heavy rhythms and distorted Neil Young guitars with ear-candy harmonies and a slew of captivating lyrics. The band called on Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, John Cale, JEFF the Brotherhood) to produce Blur The Line, and it turned out to be a revelation—a chance to stretch and give shape to their work with his supportive, laid back demeanor and experienced hands at the helm.

Diane Coffee

Everybody's A Good Dog is the first true realization of Shaun Fleming's Little Shop of Horrors -meets-Aladdin Sane vision, recorded in a proper studio with an assortment of guest artists, horn section, and string ensemble (all firsts for Fleming). The resulting 11 tracks are a sky-scraping sound kaleidoscope, touched with euphoric instrumentation and dark lyricism. 

Just as Diane Coffee's debut LP, 2013's 'My Friend Fish,' was inspired by Fleming's move from sunny California to New York City, Everybody's A Good Dog took shape after this former Disney child actor and current drummer for Foxygen uprooted again from NYC to the much smaller town of Bloomington, IN – "spontaneous moves have always helped to inspire my writing" he explains. This downsizing provided Fleming with a blank slate to create – "I missed the quiet. I missed having a fire. I missed the color green."

The songs on Everybody's A Good Dog capture this sense of clarity, channeling the New York Dolls or T-Rex at their strutting-est and Meatloaf at his most theatrical, with shades of Motown-worthy soul. The gentle psychedellia on opener "Spring Breathes" gives way to a pounding prog breakdown, "Mayflower" leads with a monster funk-fueled horn riff, while on "Tams Up" Fleming fronts his own one-man doo-wop group.

"Have you ever thought about joining a 1960s motorcycle gang? We have. But like, we’re wicked scared of road rash and we don’t wanna get helmet hair and also leather gets us all rashy. So we’re not really cut out for it. Also, time travel hasn’t been invented. But in case you’ve got both a time machine and the desire for life on a hog, we suggest letting this new song from Jesus Sons be your soundtrack.

The [LA] band uses all kinds of vintage equipment to get that badass old school sound. They have a new album coming out on January 28 via Mock Records. You should get it and listen to it with your old lady (that’s what you call your girlfriend, btw) while she’s blowing you in a truckstop bathroom or whatever."


"With bands everywhere ripping pages out the ’60s, Jesus Sons sound as if they could write a whole chapter. The L.A.-based quintet of Brandon Wurtz (ex-Spyrals), Shannon Dean, Bert Hoover, Chance Welton and Erik Lake makes psych-rock with a a garagey flavor and an Americana aftertaste."


The songs that Jesus Sons write serve as explicit documentation of living in modern day America. The lyrics are filled with shady characters from the back streets of San Francisco and beyond. The ones lurking in the shady corners of your local watering hole, taking long drags off their cigarettes. Their breath stained of cheap whiskey. The music is the product of each members' geographical origins colliding together. Two hometown buds from Idaho lay down vocals, guitar, harmonica and drums, two boys from Los Angeles bring in the bass and slide guitar and a lone ranger rings in the tasteful lead guitar and harmonica from Iowa. The five boys of Jesus Sons dust each song with their experiences of growing up in a troubled time. There is an uneasiness underneath their youthful, determined soundtrack for the modern day motorcycle riding, fast driving, whiskey and beer drinking, freedom seeking kids of today and tomorrow.



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