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Darling BOY

Darling BOY

Aug 25th 2017 @ Dublin Castle

London, United Kingdom
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Friday, August 25th, 2017
7:30 PM
DB, London's favourite rock'n'roll polymath, follows up his rapturously received 'Darling BOY Presents...' music industry showcase series at Central London's exclusive Hospital Club with a good old dirty R'n'R tear-up in one of Camden's most legendary clubs.

Playing live are:

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*** MILLIONS *** (EP Launch Show)
MILLIONS shine out from the crowd, more melodic than the garage punks, more psychedelic than the Hoxton hipsters, more vital than the shoe gazing throng; MILLIONS paid their gigging dues on the sweltering Australian circuit and have sprung onto the UK scene as fresh, tight and compelling newcomers. Formed in Brisbane, Australia, the four-piece are a unique garage rock outfit that specialise on strong song-writing as well as charismatic performances.

Since relocating to London, the band have supported Squeeze at The Albert Hall, The Dune Rats at The Moth and Dingwalls, plus headlining their own record launch show at Nambucca, with support from Mono Club and Half Loon. Festival season is upon us and Millions have played Glastonbury, the Joy and Hope festivals this summer.

The band made their U.K debut on Well Suspect Records with four tracks on a vinyl seven inch E.P; released on June 9th 2017 called 'Let It Go'. The follow up is another four track psychedelic rock offering set for release August 25th, featuring the live favourite, Those Girls, re-recorded with extra growl, plus an instant 'grat track', (and Spotify single) 'Lock And key' to go live on 11th August.

The E.P cover features an exclusive artwork by south London artist Gaurab Thakali, a piece
that resonates with Millions; the band's hometown is Brisbane, known as 'Bris-Vegas' to those who feel 'Lucky'.

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JOHN PARRY

John Parry is a brand new Streets-wise musician with a class consciousness and a neat line in indie-pop. Channelling Jamie T and The Streets, on his latest single, Nice Shoes, the fast-rising Tower Hamlets troubadour with a tinge of grime uses footwear as the source of his seduction of a young lady, homing in on the detail to paint a universally recognisable portrait of lust on the underground. All furiously strummed electric guitar, self-deprecating lyric and na na na na na na refrain, Nice Shoes is a single of the late summer and just one of many infectious anthems in his arsenal.

Parry is amassing future playlist favourites - his Spotify following is growing daily, helped not a little by the use of one of his tunes, Enough, on an episode of E! Entertainment's drama series The Royals in America. The 20-year-old singer-songwriter - and leader of a band who are more Slaves than Jack Johnson - has already made waves with Enough, Dirty, Love Drunk Punch and Druggie; songs that detail Parry's exploits on the mean streets of Canning Town and Poplar. But with Nice Shoes he has reached new levels of infectiousness with a side order of cheeky sauce.

The former student at the East London Arts & Music academy, set up by Will Kennard, one half of Chase and Status, hasn't just mastered catchy three-minute guitar-fuelled indie: the B-side, Take My Money, is a doleful meditation on love on the dole that shows Parry can do quiet fury as well as fun.

Both songs are inspired by real-life experiences: his pithy vignettes explore the vagaries of relationships and the injustices he witnessed growing up on the rough side of the capital with rare skill and invention.

He grew up in one of the poorest boroughs in Britain in a flat that required bars for protection. His was, he says, a sheltered household, with religious parents - his English mum and Welsh dad, a former member of the Foreign Legion turned nightclub bouncer who his son likens to the Terminator - surrounded by hymns and Christian music. He didn't hear much modern pop or rock till he turned 14.

I missed out on The Strokes, The Libertines and Arctic Monkeys, he says. I'm only really getting into them now.

Nevertheless, there was rock'n'roll at home - his older sister was into indie and emo - and he attended the same secondary school in Poplar (Langdon Park) as Dizzee Rascal, which made an impression.

I didn't really get it or connect with rap or grime at the time, he admits, but the anger I understand and the energy is something I want to come across in my live shows. After a phase listening to the likes of Panic At The Disco, Parry discovered acoustic singer-songwriters, particularly Ben Howard, but he says, I tried to distance myself from Ed Sheeran, to avoid sounding similar to him.

He noted the emergence of post-Streets artists such as Jamie T and Just Jack and was in thrall to rock band Enter Shikari.

They were cool, the first band I was into.

At school, it became apparent that Parry's future lay in music.

First I was good, then I was a prick, he explains his trajectory there. The teachers all used to like me, but I was always told I was going to be a builder, and I was, like, 'Fuck that.

While his social circle were becoming enmeshed in the local gang culture, he turned to the guitar and writing about what started to happen around him, despite the teasing of his mates who preferred rap and grime. Not that they mocked him too much - Parry has long been a keen boxer and rugby player.

Briefly, he formed a two-piece band with a drummer friend, then, as a solo act, he entered a school competition - Langdon's Got Talent - and won with a cover of a Ben Howard song. He began doing open mic nights around East London, mixing up covers with original self-penned material.

In 2013, he won the XLP Arts Showcase out of hundreds of entrants, and since then he has been featured on BBC 6 Music, had his music synced on TV, and accrued a loyal following for his gigs and music. Song such as Druggie, Dirty, and Love Drunk Punch run the gamut of styles and atmospheres, from humorous to moody. Nice Shoes finds him wondering how to get a girl's attention on the tube. East End Anthem is a droll take on gentrification. Enough (complete with graphic toilet-bowl vomiting scene) is almost like a low-rent Common People, about a girl who was used to stockbrokers and money not someone who was trying to write and perform songs for a living, explains Parry. Druggie dives into the darker recesses of London's drug culture.

Overall, there is a sense of someone mired in the capital's East End, proud of his roots but eager to escape.

There's nothing wrong with East London, he says. I just don't want to get stuck there.

Not much chance of that with incendiary, infectious tunes of the calibre of Nice Shoes, flipside" Take My Money and Enough. Parry can see the appeal.

There used to be bands like Oasis, but nowadays, nobody is real, he proclaims.

In a way, he says, he's offering a young, updated version of new wave.

This generation needs that, he decides. Pop music is so polished and commercialised. I feel like the market is missing that raw energy.

Parry is making a name for himself as a multifaceted cockney folkie, able to croon moodily over a ballad, spit bars like a rapper, even growl social commentary like a punk.

No wonder his fanbase is swelling, helped by a strong presence on social media and key performances including London's Lovebox and supporting Fismoll at The Garage. He'll be playing more dates soon.

Catch him while you can.

Paul Lester
August 2017

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DARLING BOY

Darling BOY THE WORLD'S GREATEST 21st CENTURY POLYMATHIC SUPERCREATIVE DYNAMO THAT NO-ONE'S EVER BLOODY HEARD OF....YET.

In the world of luminaries, movers, shakers and well-respected music makers, Darling BOY doesn't really need an introduction. But, for the moment, for you, dear reader, we'll make an exception.

Raised in Shakespeare's county, Warwickshire, England, before making his way to the bright lights of good old London Town with a guitar on his back and a tatty songbook in his shoulderbag, Darling BOY honed his many crafts and built up a sturdy reputation for being able to do well, pretty much anything. He's pretty certainly the only human being in the history of civilisation who has lied his way into a national orchestra by pretending to be able to play the instrument and then learn it perfectly before the first rehearsal. He was then asked by a Libertine to join their band.. and had to turn them down. He's played Topper Headon of The Clash ('London Calling', 'Rock The Casbah', 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go'?) alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers' Joe Strummer in 2016 film London Town and Ian McLagan of the legendary Small Faces ('Itchycoo Park', 'Lazy Sunday', 'Tin Soldier') and Peter Frampton in smash hit musical 'All Or Nothing'. He's made the front page of the American newspapers doing Michael Jackson's 'Moonwalk' dance. He counts among his admirers Alan McGee - the man who brought Oasis to the world, the Sex Pistols' Glen Matlock and XTC's Andy Partridge. He plays every instrument under the sun and he writes songs tailor-made for being damn-well alive to. Darling BOY is a light that never goes out.

In addition to treading the boards in sold-out theatres around the UK with All Or Nothing thos year, DB is also finishing his hotly-anticipated debut album with producer Matt Terry (The Enemy, Noisettes) at Vada Studios, an idyllic 12th-Century country estate and one of the UK's finest and most in-demand recording complexes (The Darkness, Bullet For My Valentine). Watch out, universe. There's a short hairy British chap after you.