Single Review: Darlia – Beam Me Up

By on Wednesday, 14th June 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

Back in 2013, Darlia released a debut EP ‘Knock Knock’. This was followed by festival appearances and releasing a debut album, ‘Petals’, in early 2015. Now in 2017 we have a new release from the Blackpool-born trio, the ensnaring ‘Beam Me Up’.

The band has been compared to Nirvana many times before. After reading that was the case, I was determined to approach the band with a fresh point of view, but I inevitably found myself comparing Darlia’s sound to that of Seattle’s finest. It’s a resemblance that is particularly evident on previous grungier tracks from the band, like ‘I’ve Never Been to Ohio’ and other tracks from ‘Petals’.

On ‘Beam Me Up’, produced by the band’s own Nathan Day and Frank Colucci, the similarities are still there. There are Cobain-esque notes in Day’s throaty vocals as well as echoes of Cobain’s vulnerable melancholia in the songwriting. Day himself states that he writes music because he can’t afford a therapist, and you can certainly feel the cathartic energy in the track.

Featuring a gently lilting piano in the intro and a chorus packing a solid alt-rock momentum with twanging guitars and whirring electronic notes throughout the whole song, it’s a track that satisfies the grunge-loving teenager in me. Day has the near-monotone drawl in the verses, with the hoarse shout in the chorus down to an art.

There’s honest emotion in lyrics like “wouldn’t it be good / if it was understood”, and “I’m a broken doll”, which, paired with the mysterious synth sounds and upbeat tempo, helps the song from slipping into a self-pitying vibe. You get the feeling this is just Day being himself, and that’s part of the appeal of Darlia’s sound.

8.5/10

Darlia’s new single ‘Beam Me Up’ is out now on Ignition Records. So far this year, Darlia have supported Twin Atlantic on their UK tour, but you can catch them on a number of dates later this year, including Community Festival 2017 at Finsbury Park, and Neighbourhood Festival 2017 in Manchester. It’s been a bit since we wrote about the Blackpool rockers, but you can catch up on all our past coverage of them through here.

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