Young, energetic bands are always something I consider featuring on the blog because they often have so much potential. None more so than Blackpool trio Darlia, who are just nineteen years old but possess a real angsty punch. Having only formed in April, they’re still bright-eyed and fresh-faced, so their debut release later this month will really show what they’re made of.
Their first EP Knock Knock will be released on October 28th and Queen Of Hearts is the lead single from it. It was played by Zane Lowe on Radio 1 where the band earned the title of “Next Hype”. The EP was recorded in Wales with producer Cam Blackwood who has worked with Florence and the Machine and London Grammar. Darlia supported The 1975 earlier this year and are now ready to break out with their own sound.
Queen Of Hearts has a slamming metallic riff at its beginning with thundering drums. Singer Nathan’s voice then comes in and provides a dirty northern drawl over the clashing instruments. As the music clatters along, the ensemble has a catchy indie-alternative vibe which would no doubt be great on a live stage. Atmospheric rolling guitars precede a vocal breakdown, where the vocals snarl over the hook.
It’s undeniably catchy and has a real melodic chorus that just sticks with you. With all the ingredients of a great first single, Darlia really could be on to something with their debut record. Have a listen to Queen Of Hearts below.