Those Darlins' Sexy yet Sensitive Garage Rock Will Seduce All Your Senses
It's very easy to be seduced by the Nashville-based country/garage-rock quartet Those Darlins. Like a classic issue of Playboy, you pick it up because you love the cover, but you keep reading because the articles are good.
The cover of their latest album, titled Blur The Line, displays the four naked torsos of band members Jessi Zazu, Nikki Kvarnes, Linwood Regensburg, and Adrain Barrera. It stirred up some controversy when it was displayed on a banner in front of a record store in Nashville. Then there's the video for their single "Optimist," a three-minute barrage of the female form twisting and shimmying all around seductively. Their follow-up video, "In The Wilderness," shows Zazu wearing pasties over her breasts as scenes from what appears to be a swingers party are shown. Stanley Kubrick might have even blushed if he were alive to see.
Does Nashville need to loosen up?
"I think America has some work to do," exclaims Kvarnes. "It was an interesting little test to see how evolved we all are. There were just as many people who were saying that it was art and they like it. It was a cool social experiment.
"It's not about overlooking [the content] but expressing ourselves through the visual aspect of it. I'm happy with what we chose to express what we are doing. I think it was really honest and we wanted to be raw with it, but it's like mayonnaise. It's easy to put that before the bread."
Now that they have your attention, they now want to show you their sensitive side. The band started clearly in the alt-country category when their 2009 self-titled debut was released and in the years since they have dramatically shifted to a garage rock sensibility, putting Nashville on the map as a diverse music scene in the process. Blue The Line does have songs that seduce, including such obvious titles as "She Blows," but it's songs like "Oh God" and "Ain't Afraid" that will disarm you. The latter track opens with the line "There's a tumor growing on my body / I don't know what lies in store." It's frank stuff that could be overlooked if you're not paying attention.