The Darts (US) Photo: Kelly Sahr
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THE DARTS play on-target rock’n’roll. The fact that they’re all women is irrelevant. They rock. And they roll. And they do it on their own terms. For the fun of being a girl gang making music they love.
“I’ve always wanted to an all-girl band, with bad ass girls that are awesome,” says singer Nicole Laurenne (who also plays keyboards) in The Darts. And the key there is “bad ass”. Because this ain’t elevator music. This band is more heavy and aggressive sounding than any of the ladies’ previous bands – which include ’60s garage revalists The Love Me Nots, Motobunny, Zero Zero (Nicole), The Two Tens, The Dollyrots, Thee Outta Sites (drumming singer Rikki Styxx), The Love Me Nots, Casual Encounters, The Madcaps (bassist/singer Christina Nunez), Brainspoon (guitarist/singer Michelle Balderrama).
Christina will tell you clearly that, “The Darts are a little dirtier and little angrier than what we’ve done before.” But one has to ask, if guys were playing like this would it still be describe as “aggressive”? Maybe not. What this is, basically, is just good ol’ fashioned rock’n’roll, a little rough around the edges (as all good rock’n’roll ought to be), with a certain old-school punk feel and, most of all, a good time vibe.
The band formed in early 2016 when, after watching each other’s bands from the sidelines for years, Arizona natives Nicole and Christina got the idea of writing some songs and making music together and recruited the other two members from down in Southern California. The band have been exceptionally busy in the studio and rehearsing for tour next week, with six new songs ready for their album due out in the summer on Dirty Water Records.
Photo: Kelly Sahr
The Darts recently finished a two week tour across the southern states of the US in January and are poised to invade the West Coast next week, followed by a European jaunt in May. Stay tuned for more updates!
Spring Tour 2017