Darwin Deez is the name of an American indie folk band, based in New York City. The band rose to fame with the release of their single 'Radar Detector', which did well in the UK. The lineup of the band includes frontman Darwin Smith, bass player Michelle Dorrance (Mash Deez), Greg (drums) and Cole (guitar).
History & Early years: Darwin attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut and was the guitarist in the band Creaky Boards. During the early years of Darwin Deez, he was waiting tables in a vegan restaurant.
Towards the end of 2009, Darwin Deez started to receive press attention, after the release of their debut single, 'Constellations'. The track was selected as 'track of the week' on Reggie Yates' BBC Radio 1 show, as well as being used in the series finale of 90210.
The second single from Darwin Deez was 'Radar Detector', which reached number 62 on the UK Singles chart. It also reached number 5 on the UK indie chart, as it was released by the independent label Lucky Number.
Darwin Deez's self-titled album was released in April 2010. The band then toured the album extensively in the UK, including BBC Radio 1's student tour gigs in Newcastle and Lincoln. The student tour was presented by Zane Lowe and Fearne Cotton. The artists included on the tour, alongside Deez, were Klaxons, Example, Mark Ronson, 30 Seconds to Mars, Everything Everything and Chase & Status. Darwin found himself living mainly in the UK, owing to his popularity there. The album was critically lauded, receiving favourable reviews from a range of mainstream and independent publications and websites such as NME, Q Magazine and The Observer.
'Up In The Clouds' was the third single to be released from the album. Speaking about the song's meaning, Darwin said "I was in a relationship with this girl and I screwed up... I cheated on this girl and then she got really mad. So I wrote her this song. I knew it wasn't going somewhere, so I had to put the nail in the coffin." The track reached number 36 in the UK independent chart.
Having quickly established itself as the best metropolitan music festival in the UK, Live At Leeds returned over the warm bank holiday weekend to send a spark of excitement and energy fizzing through the city's streets. As ever with LAL - and most other festivals - line-up clashes were inevitable though it did little to dampen the atmosphere of what proved to be one of the best Live at Leeds offerings yet.
The thing to remember when wandering the streets with a crumpled programme trying to figure out if you can sprint from Brudenell Social Club to The Wardrobe in under 8 minutes is that you really don't need to. The whole point of Live at Leeds is that there's always someone playing, somewhere, and it makes for a far richer experience to circle a couple of your must-sees though pretty much go with the flow of the festival.
Incidentally - after a visit to the Holy Trinity Church to catch the end of the impressive Harry George Johns - the first real port of call was the horrendously busy Cockpit venue in the city centre, where queues snaked up and down the street with hundreds of fans desperate to gain access. Luckily, organisers had put together a pretty tasty schedule for the venue so waiting wristband holders were eventually treated to something worth queuing for.
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Teen rockers the world over will be overjoyed to learn that Bullet For My Valentine are releasing their fourth studio album. The Welsh band are arguably one of the most successful metal bands of their generation, though they may not be winning over too many new fans with Temper Temper. The band decided to write the album in the recording studio, rather than taking pre-written songs with them, as they had done before. The result, however, has fallen flat, for many critics. It seems that the rage and fiery emotion you’d expect (especially with song titles such as ‘Breaking Point’ and ‘Riot’) isn’t quite as prominent as we have come to expect.
Their last two albums, Scream Aim Fire (2008) and Fever (2010) were both top five hits in the US and in the UK and its likely that the band’s fiercely loyal, young contingent of fans will stand by them, regardless of the opinions printed in UK papers such as The Guardian.
Live At Leeds - the metropolitan music festival held annually across a variety of venues in Leeds on the first bank holiday weekend of May - has just added some huge bands to its roster.
Indie fans better take note, as just a portion of the line up includes Rudimental, Everything Everything, The Pigeon Detectives, The Vaccines, Tribes, AlunaGeorge, The Staves, Darwin Deez, Little Comets, King Krule, Laura Mvula, Swim Deep, The 1975 and Peace. LAL continues to enforce its remit of pushing local bands to the fore while providing national acts to draw in the crowds. It's a real music lover's affair, and this year looks set to carry on the tradition. And with tickets from just £22.50, it's affordable too.
The Pigeon Detectives - having just announced album number 4, Rudimental - will look to bring their uncompromising brand of indie to the proceedings, while The Vaccines will be playing a separate ticketed event on the Sunday of Live at Leeds with special support from TOY and more names to be added.
A Week in Video... Wakefield’s indie rockers The Cribs release ‘Leather Jacket Love Song,’ a nostalgic look back at their last decade of existence as a band. The video inter-splices archive footage of one of the brothers’ early gigs at Ossett Town Hall in Yorkshire, with the Cribs circa 2013 observing their younger selves. The Cribs’ sounds hasn’t altered a great deal over time, but their popularity seems to show no signs of wavering; their commitment to their DIY roots remains strong and even with Ryan breaking out with his new band Exclamation Pony, we reckon there’s a few years left in The Cribs yet.
Palma Violets have been causing a stir, with their accessible, psych-tinged garage rock. The video for ‘Step Up For The Cool Cats’ is a vaguely trippy, home-video style shoot; footage of the band playing is mixed with footage of them driving around in a car together, looking like it’s being played back on an old TV set. The band have gained a lot of attention since playing recent slots with London based Savages. It looks like 2013 could well be their year.
Darwin Deez, concoctor of Marmite-effect earworm pop, is back with second album Songs For Imaginative People. The title says it all: here comes Darwin Deez, one of life's outsiders. So outside, he's outside the outsiders that actually get noticed as outsiders. Trying to align himself with the arty-folk in a manner so calculated that his songs scream 'artifice' and 'charlatan.' And yes, we know that Darwin Deez is a band, but Darwin Deez the man, IS Darwin Deez the band.
It begins well enough, with (800 HUMAN), sounding a little like short-lived New Yorkers The Blow (who morphed into DFA-dwellers Yacht), in a forceful, playful analysis of "what it's like to be human," complete with impassioned, well-placed cursing and cascading melodies. Similarly, 'You Can't Be My Girl,' with its punchy hollering as percussion is one of the triumphs of the album. It's one of the occasions in which Deez decides to work with his own melodies, rather than battling ineffectually against it. With its core message of of "I think I love you, how horrible," and lines like "your sneering Gorbachev" and "I am sober as a marble," it's studiously anti-love, without bludgeoning the point home.
Completing a trio of quality, is 'Good To Lose,' with its chaotic guitar lines, a slacker's anthem, a frustrated soul trapped in oppression: "I'm free to be / asleep 'til three / I let my laundry / pile up on me." When Deez lets the melody drive him, rather than his own desire to colour outside the lines, he creates a whole bundle of perfectly pleasant alt-pop. Off the wall, buoyant and enticing. Outside of those moments, though, what follows is simply a tired variation of a theme, in which Deez has but one dimension and that dimension is "look mum, no hands!" Slowly, the album zones out on itself, descends into space noodles on 'All In The Wrists' and ends with a whimper, on the directionless 'Chelsea's Hotel.'
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It's been quite a year for Darwin Deez with the release of a handful of singles and his debut album it seems he's here to stay and has a lot to offer. We spoke with Darwin Deez at this years Leeds festival, he speaks to us about his album, how he's found this year and he also tells us about his plans for a Willy Wonka rap remix tape. Yep. You heard it here first.
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October 18th sees the re-release of Darwin Deez debut single Constellations through Lucky Number, the single will include the song 'The Coma Song' as a B-side. Constellations was originally released as a limited edition single in December 2009 and was followed up with the release of two stellar singles 'Radar Detector' and 'Up In The Clouds'. All three tracks are featured on Darwin's debut self-titled album.
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