Last year, I introduced this trio of alternative rockers from Blackpool to you and I’m now pleased to say that a new single from them is on the way. Darlia are still a young band whose success seems to be growing by the months. Sitting comfortably amongst alternative rock giants at Glastonbury and the Reading and Leeds festivals this summer, Darlia have come a long way in the last year. With two sold-out UK tours under their belt already, their new single Stars Are Aligned comes at a great time for them.
After the new single got the approval of Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, frontman Nathan Day has said of the track: “Everything that we’ve done so far, is shaping our own future. I’ve always known that it’s not going to happen the way that I want it to go, until we release the songs that I want to release – so this is one of them, and I’m very proud of it.”
Stars Are Aligned kicks off with a solid mechanical drum and lingering riff, which is swiftly joined by Nathan’s unpolished Brit-pop drawl. It’s a simple rhythm with a catchy chorus, which is packed full of energy and roughly joined-together phrases. Plenty of frayed edges adorn the single and Darlia’s style really shines through depicting them to be a band who care little about anything but their music. There are hints at a pop-punk structure to the song but the dirty surface of the song keep it from being pigeonholed.
Dark lyrics and falling crashing instruments give it an air of destruction but the words hold an optimism for the end. The notion of stars being aligned is an acceptance of the existence of fate and knowing that your time has come. It’s not an easy song to pin down an interpretation of and as such, it’s abstract enough to draw your own conclusions. Either way, the song itself is an explosion which is perfect for unleashing to a live audience.
Have a listen to it below and keep an ear out for future Darlia releases as they’re certainly going to be driving a new version of alternative rock within the near future.