Photo by Karl Wentzel

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is vocalist and organist of an exciting new garage-psych punk band called The Darts (US).

They came from some deliciously named bands including The Love Me Nots, Thee Outta Sites, Motobunny and Brainspoon, all admiring each others work from a distance and now pooling resources with a swampy Standells like sound coming out on Dirty Water and heading over the pond to the UK in May. They are the kind of band I would have put on at Velvet Sheep when it was a club night at Whitechapel Gallery, totally up our street/Whitechapel High Street, so I’m pleased to welcome to the site, Nicole Laurenne!

Photo by Scott Evanesky

I asked Nicole what’s new and here’s what’s new:

“The band is heading out on a West Coast run this week and then to Europe in May. We just released our second video and a third is coming out next month. We’ve started work on our next full-length record for Dirty Water Records, due out end of summer with any luck.”

And without further ado, here’s Nicole’s “song for ewe”…

“My favorite song for about a year now has been “Drag” by Thee Tsunamis.

This band is everything I love in music right now – massive fuzz, yelling-but-genuine distorted girl call-and-response vocals, huge spring reverb, a catchy chorus you can scream out the window of the car, a driving surf beat, and a distinct sense of not-taking-yourself-too-seriously. This whole album makes me want to get in the tour van and ride away forever with my girls in The Darts.

Nicole Laurenne
The Darts (US)


More on The Darts (US) here…