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PREMIERE: The Darrans unleash their chaotic debut self-titled album

Since dropping their debut EP Registered Perfection in 2017, Sydney four-piece The Darrans have gigged extensively around the country, building their thrashy take on beer-soaked garage punk.

Now, with a string of new singles under their belt, the band have dropped their debut self-titled album, further solidifying themselves as one of the local punk scene’s wildest emerging acts. If you’re not already listening to this band, you’re deadset missing out.

Photo: Grit Van

On their debut self-titled album, Sydney-based four-piece The Darrans present a chaotic slab of wild, beer-soaked garage punk.

Across the new album’s fifteen-track duration, The Darrans belt through an uncontrollable concoction of punk sounds, delivering a slab of music that’s reminiscent of Aussie punk music’s past, while signposting its future. To give you a brief run-down on this album’s energy; only two of its tracks exceed three minutes. And even so, they fit into the chaotic, explosive sounds of the album’s shorter tracks.

Album opener Alright—clocking in at less than two minutes—is driven by searing guitar riffs and punchy vocal hooks, while tracks like Malcolm (an ode to the late AC/DC guitarist) are centred more closely around wild vocal melodies. To cap the album off, the band whip out a cover of GOD’s My Pal, reinforcing their love of 80’s Australian pub-punk.

These are still early days for The Darrans, but judging by the quality of everything we’ve heard so far, I think we can safely expect plenty more quality tunes. In the meantime, treat your ears to their debut self-titled album above.

Catch the band live at any of the following dates:

April 20th – Vinnie’s Dive Bar, Gold Coast
May 10th – Halfback Books, Dee Why
May 31st – Marlin Hotel, Ulladulla
June 1st – House Show, Huskisson
June 7th – Last Chance Rock n’ Roll Bar, Melbourne
June 8th – Oh Jean Records, Melbourne
June 14th – Time & Tide Hotel, Dee Why
June 22nd – The Foundry, Wollongong
July 6th – Botany View Hotel, Newtown


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April 15, 2019