Darlia is a very good clean sounding rock band from Blackpool. Their self described genre is Blackpool rock. This is the first band from that genre to grace this writers ears. One thing I have learned is that it may be more wise to let bands self describe themselves if they are willing to limit the listeners own perception of influential discovery. I don’t know that when reviewing artists and their creations that sharing my perspective of influence does a listener much good. I want to share that perception, as to verify that I can hear the obvious and that I know something. Does that do the artist any good by doing that? I think it is better to let the listener discover the influences for themselves. If a glass of wine comes from a certain vintage of grape or valley does that automatically make it a better glass of wine than Uncle Jerry’s wine from his basement? Labels do a good job of defining, but defining can be the Devil to free living. The writer can’t help but to feel that the Island is where Rock is brewing a new generation of wholly rollers that are destined to help keep us earthly creatures in touch with the beauty of the dark. The dark wants to be heard, and rock has always translated the dark’s language well enough. I don’t know this, but feel this and don’t fear being wrong, especially when it comes to sharing feelings to such a small audience. :).

Darlia’s “Stars Aligned” was listed number 53 on Zane Lowe’s 100 hottest records. Paul Lester covered them last November on his new band of the day spot at The Guardian. This band is worth giving a listen, and might be worth paying some attention too.




There is a line from “Stars Aligned” that is deep simplicity. “In the dark, nobody knows who you are.”  I can’t negate that and it is beautiful emptiness.

“Be silent and listen: have you recognized your madness and do you admit it? Have you noticed that all your foundations are completely mired in madness? Do you not want to recognize your madness and welcome it in a friendly manner? You wanted to accept everything. So accept madness too. Let the light of your madness shine, and it will suddenly dawn on you. Madness is not to be despised and not to be feared, but instead you should give it life… If you want to find paths, you should also not spurn madness, since it makes up such a great part of your nature…Be glad that you can recognize it, for you will thus avoid becoming its victim. Madness is a special form of the spirit and clings to all teachings and philosophies, but even more to daily life, since life itself is full of craziness and at bottom utterly illogical. Man strives toward reason only so that he can make rules for himself. Life itself has no rules. That is its mystery and its unknown law. What you call knowledge is an attempt to impose something comprehensible on life.”

C.G. Jung,






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