Picture taken from The Darcys’ Facebook page
The Darcys are a band you may have heard of actually, after receiving acclaim from local publications from their home town of Toronto. The Darcys are an intriguing group that list their influences as Heideigger, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Cormac McCarthy, which you can actually see in their music. The Darcys often sound subdued and nervous, and their questioning and hopeful tones are evident on their albums and fluctuate between being soft to tough, and often being both. Some of their songs can be indie dance floor anthems, where others are ones would be fitting to anxiously pace around your bedroom while also kind of swaying with it. Their songs are extremely varied in speed and tone, and their progression from their first eponymous album to their most recent album, “Warring”, is one that is constantly evolving.
They describe themselves as “art rock” which suggests that there is a conscious goal of creating music that is thought and emotion provoking for the listener, as well as being very visual. Their website, music videos, and their Tumblr even are very conscious of also making their music visual. While listening to their songs, there is a theme of fervour in how they sing and play, which really makes them stand apart from other artists that can be apathetic and not in an enjoyable way.
The Darcys are Jason Couse who is on vocals, guitar, keys, Wes Marksell who is on drums, Michael le Riche who plays guitar, synth, and does vocals, and Dave Hurlow who is on bass. Like mentioned, The Darcys are a Toronto based band who is signed with the Toronto record label, Arts and Crafts.
They also have a super active online presence and often respond to people on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, which is always cool! Another fun fact about The Darcys is that they also make plenty of remixes for their own songs, and other bands which are also really good. They previously opened for Bombay Bicycle Club on tour in 2012, and they are currently going across to many high schools, universities, and local venues across Canada. Another thing about The Darcys that makes them unique is the huge number of shows they play, which speaks even more to their level of dedication to their music. Check out their website (link below!) for more details if there’s a show near you!
Here’s a link to one of my favourite songs of theirs, called “Itchy Blood”:
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