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Darla & the Blonde

Cafe 1001

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91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QL

FREE

7:30pm

Wed 30 March 2016

+ Joy Crookes

+ Ben Hemming

+ Steve Hallam

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Darla And The Blonde

“Eugenia’ contains five tracks, pitting shanty tales against gorgeous pop, savage indie songwriting against engrossing melodrama.”
Clash Music

“Sometimes a special band comes along, with a uniqueness about them that proves hard to ignore, thus: Darla and The Blonde.”
Louder Than War

Encompassing the seductive glamour of goth, the catchy harmonics of pop, the experimentalism of prog and the narrative traditions of folk, Darla And The Blonde are a broad-based five-piece who craft their influences into a bold and distinctive brand of dramatic alt.rock.

Formed in East London by chief songwriter Nina Lovelace (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), the band are completed by Jen Demaris (lead vocals), Rob McCabe (lead guitar), Craig Page (bass) and Tom Loffman (drums). While Darla And The Blonde’s sound is influenced by the likes of Nick Cave and PJ Harvey, and their live performances take cues from musical theatre, Lovelace’s lyrics are primarily inspired by the concerns and experiences of inspirational women, both real and fictional.

Darla And The Blonde’s superb single, ‘End Of The Party’, released on 18 March, will shortly be followed by a five-track EP that turns its lyrical focus to subjects ranging from age and transgender issues to the escapades of feminine espionage, all set to the band’s impassioned and inventive alt.rock sonics.

Joy Crookes

Joy Crookes is a seventeen year old singer/songwriter from South London. Joy has recently performed at Highroad House, Balham’s The Bedford, Wilkestock, On Blackheath festival and at Shapes Hackney. Joy is currently in the studio writing her debut album and already grabbing industry attention with her unique lyrics and haunting voice.

BEN HEMMING

BEN HEMMING IS A LONDON BASED SINGER SONGWRITER, BORN AND RAISED IN THE RURAL MIDLANDS. HE MISS SPENT HIS YOUTH HAMMERING AWAY AT AN OLD SIX STRING GUITAR AND HOMING THE SONGWRITING TALENT THAT HE HAS TODAY. HIS NEW ALBUM ‘BROKEN MAN’ IS OUT NOW ON ITUNES, APPLE MUSIC, AMAZON, AND SPOTIFY.

“ON HIS STUNNING DEBUT, BROKEN MAN, HEMMING IS CAST AS THE TROUBADOUR. HIS HOLLER IS PASSIONATE ONE MINUTE, WORLD-WEARY THE NEXT AS HE RECALLS THE BLUES OF THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA WHILE CAPTURING THE SPIRIT OF THE BEAT POETS ON THE ROAD.”
-THE BLUES MAGAZINE

Steve Hallam

Stephen Hallam plays folk(ish) tunes in exchange for his dinner, runs the popular live music night ‘Before The Gold Rush’, engineers live music and records and produces other artists on the London folky circuit. He says ‘Hi’ and hopes you will too.