Ralph makes no secret of his love of The Darlingtons track 'Bats' (closely followed by 'Watch Yourself'), both of which have featured regularly on his Radio KC Sunday Indie Show. So it's no surprise his tail was wagging with news of their debut self-released single 'Don't Give Me Hope', due out November 25th 2013 along with an almost countrywide autumn tour.
They're putting it out through darlingtonsmusic and it's a more grown up, reflective Darlingtons sound, reminiscent of Leeds band Swim Deep's, 'She Changes The Weather'. They're growing stronger lyrically with each release and back it up with a depth of musicality difficult to find in bands with many more years behind them. It's matched by an ever so slightly esoteric video by Reel 35's Karl Taylor and features a performance filmed in The Live Room, Taunton interspersed with a dancing rabbit (Luis Young of Elementz Street Dance) at the stunning location of the Quantocks in Somerset.
The Darlingtons vocally strong, guitar driven live performances are a force of nature (I was lucky enough to catch a live streamed performance recently and look forward to catching them live at Winsford in December). Their reputation has grown with hard work at the core of their ideology, gigging relentlessly across the country, resulting in their being one of the tightest live bands on the circuit.
|Nov 01||Gypsy Tears||Cleethorpes, United Kingdom|
|Nov 02||The Leopard||Doncaster, United Kingdom||Tickets|
|Nov 03||The Hop||Wakefield, United Kingdom||Tickets|
|Nov 08||King Arthur||Glastonbury, United Kingdom|
|Nov 09||Bar Youth Cafe||Weston Super Mare, United Kingdom|
|Nov 15||Mammy Liz's Voodoo lounge||Stamford, United Kingdom|
|Nov 23||Lock 42||Leicester, United Kingdom||Tickets|
|Nov 29||Lincoln Imp||Scunthorpe, United Kingdom||Tickets|
|Dec 06||The Drednought||Bathgate, United Kingdom|
|Dec 11||Death2Disco Nottinghill Arts Club||London, United Kingdom|
|Dec 19||Da Bee||Winsford, United Kingdom|
|Dec 27||The Louisiana||Bristol, United Kingdom||Tickets|