Those Darlins – Screws Get Loose

January 01, 1970

(Oh Wow Dang)


If the cover art is any indication, Those Darlins may have
let a few Screws Get Loose on their
second full-length … but in the best possible way. Featured is a noir-looking
chanteuse, the victim of an apparently random nose picking. Is it a drive-by or
(gasp!) her own finger? The world may never know, yet what is apparent is the
suggestive way the photography parlays into the music itself: retro lo-fi meets
playground foolery, and a big finger flip to the wound-tight girl bands who
have their noses, well, up in the air.


While the doo wop revival has become increasingly contagious
the past few years (Dum Dum Girls, Vivian Girls, Frankie Rose and the Outs),
there’s something decidedly different in the strain borne by Those Darlins’: a
feverish southern swagger that’s as un-coifed as it is manageable. It’s one of
those interspatial borderlines that keeps listeners guessing. Are Those Darlins
as sweet as they seem (On “Be Your Bro,” they innocently lament “I just wanna be your brother / You just
wanna be my boyfriend / I just wanna run and play in the dirt with you / you
just wanna stick it in”)
or as effusively experimental as their lush
Jefferson Airplane-hazed “Mystic Mind” would have you believe?


As any dad would know, darlins can’t stay darling forever –
and perhaps it’s the last few  years of
being in a rock ‘n’ roll band that has favorably turned early numbers like
“Wild One” into bolder declarations like “Fatty Needs a Fix.” If life
experience is the fruit of which creative gems are born, let Nikki, Jessi, and
Kelly Darlin keep living. Who cares if a few screws get loose in the end? There’s still enough brains here to keep this
band tight.





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