The Darts (US) are a garage-psych-rock super-group that calls both Los Angeles and Phoenix home. The band formed in early 2016 and have exploded all over the music scene since being picked up by Dirty Water Records (after their second ever gig!) and show no sign of stopping their takeover of the planet , having quickly become a well-seasoned touring powerhouse with multiple US and European tours already under their belts.
Nicole Laurenne (The Love Me Nots, Motobunny, Zero Zero), Rikki Styxx (The Two Tens, The Dollyrots, Thee Outta Sites), Christina Nunez (The Love Me Nots, Casual Encounters, The Madcaps), and Michelle Balderrama (Brainspoon) formed The Darts (US) in early 2016 when, after watching each other’s bands from the sidelines for years, realized there was no good reason why they shouldn’t just start writing songs together and form a super-badass group of grrrls sharing the same passion for 60s garage-trash and modern psych jams.
Having already built a devoted fan base around the globe, the group will kick off a 12 night tour of Europe ( their second of four European tours planned in 2018) starting in London at The Dirty Water Club with label soul-mates The Cavemen (NZ) for a special double-record release launch party. The group have just released their first ever 7″ (their first release since the bands debut full length “Me. Ow.” on Dirty Water Records last autumn) as a collaboration with Alternative Tentacles Records and Dirty Water Records USA. They will also celebrate the reissue of their twin debut 10" EP's; melted in full-bloom on a spectacular slab of of 12" pink splattered vinyl available now for pre-order.
This weekend they will be playing a special 60th Birthday party for Jello Biafra in San Francisco at the Great American Music Hall and will also film a special live performance on Stage-it for fans around the globe to get a visual and virtual sneak-peek at their latest primal-aural offerings.
The Darts are a straight-up fierce-as-hell garage punk band that takes the fuzzed out crush of the Nuggets comp and inject a shot of Riot Grrrl perspective. Plus, they have a keyboard that would fit right at home in a haunted house." - PunkNews
"From start to finish The Darts will have you biting your bottom lip and nodding away until your poor little fingers can’t hit repeat anymore!" - Loud Women
‘Subsonic Dream’ provides a jolt of Garage Rawk with a hook that you will be singing within a few listens. ‘Bullet’ begins with an awesome riff and just builds from there into my favorite of the two here. - 3 Songs and Out
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
June 16 The Universe Stageit Worldwide Online Show
June 17 San Francisco Great American Music Hall w/ Jello Biafra
June 26 London (UK) Nambucca, record release show w/ The Cavemen
June 27 Furth (DE) Kunstkellar
June 28 Celle (DE) Ms Loretta
June 29 Utrecht (NL) Down At The Nightclub Festival w/ The Nomads
June 30 Cologne (DE) Sonic Ballroom
July 1 Brussels (BE) tba
July 2 Bourges (FR) Chateau d'Eau
July 3 Perigueux (FR) Les Toques
July 4 Bordeaux (FR) Relache Festival w/ Man or Astroman?, Glam Skanks
July 5 Clermont-Ferrand(FR) Bombshell
July 6 Paris (FR) Olympic Cafe
July 7 Antwerp (BE) Sjock Fest w/ Turbonegro, Mummies, Descendants, Dwarves
July 26 Phoenix Dirty Water Club USA @ Crescent Ballroom
July 27 Costa Mesa Dirty Water Club USA @ The Wayfarer
July 28 Los Angeles Dirty Water Club USA @ Zebulon
The Dirty Water Club started in October 1996 in the Tufnell Park neighbourhood of north London, at a venue called The Boston. The club's name is derived from The Standells' 1966 hit 'Dirty Water' which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.
Past performers have included The White Stripes (voted by Q Magazine as one of the top 10 gigs of all time, Mojo one of the top 30 and Kerrang one of the top 100!), The Gories, Country Teasers, Black Lips, NOBUNNY, Kid Congo Powers, The Fleshtones, Billy Childish, Radio Birdman, The Dirtbombs, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The 188.8.131.52's, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to name just a few. The club has also seen some original '60s performers, such as The Monks, ? and the Mysterians, Kim Fowley, Sky Saxon, GONN, Michael Davis of the MC5 and more grace its stage.
Their in-house record label, Dirty Water Records, is one of the leading garage/beat/(real) R&B labels in the world.