The Darlings

Hailing from LA’s South Bay beach communities of Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach, The Darlings are a proud part of the new generation of South Bay punk bands weaned on local legends like Black Flag, the Descendents, and the Circle Jerks, as well as current hometown scene leaders Pennywise.

Playing a no-holds-barred, brutally honest and in-your-face style of punk rock, The Darlings are soon to make their own impact on the scene.

Maybe it’s too early to declare The Darlings as leaders of the third wave of South Bay heroes on par with the ’80s scene and the ’90s resurgence, but if their seven-song, self-released, self-titled EP, available now on iTunes, has anything to say, it would be ‘turn it up and get out of the way.’

Proudly bringing rock n’ roll back to the underground scene, The Darlings (singer/guitarist Buddy Darling, guitarist Josh Kearney, bassist Kris Kranes, and drummer Josh Fasen) have already toured with such legendary acts as Pennywise, Social Distortion, Bad Religion, Youth Brigade, Ignite, Guttermouth, and the one and only aforementioned Circle Jerks.

Quite the major accomplishment for such a young band, the lads in The Darlings are armed with the skills, dedication, and street-cred to back their DIY success. Singer Buddy Darling states matter-of-factly, “We’re going to be around simply because we love it! So check us out.”

The band lists as musical inspiration everyone from Elvis to the Blues as well as contemporary rockers like Social Distortion, Murder City Devils, and Tiger Army. In 2006 The Darlings won the Battle of the Bands presented by AMI Productions, the South Bay’s most prestigious band competition. The battle victors, who completed some rousing performances on the 2008 Vans Warped Tour, plan to keep their momentum going by performing wherever their music takes them, in addition to putting out a full-length release this year.

Check out The Darlings on Myspace.

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