How Was 2022 For Garage Rock Snakes THE DARTS?

16 December 2022

They rock, they roll, they have swagger, they have looks, they are for real, they
are THE DARTS. After being locked up for about two years, like all of us, the female,
4-cylinder powerhouse from Phoenix came back with tons of energy and an appetite
for a love tsunami these past 12 months. They dropped a new 3-avid-tracks EP last
April and kept on touring in the free world for months.

And the future looks even busier. Not only one but two longplayers are waiting to
be unleashed in 2023 followed by gigging as much as they can. Thanks to upfront
dart Nicole Laurenne we get more details about this and next year.

But before starting the chat, Turn Up The Volume, as usual, starts an interview with
a slice of music. Open up your ears and your eyes for The Darts‘ brand-new super-duper single SNAKE OIL, the smashing title track of the upcoming LP.

What’s the story behind the band’s name, Nicole?

“A lot of people – well, people without boobs anyway – don’t realize it, but shirts made for people with boobs have to have seams sewn on the sides of the chest area to allow extra room. In English those seams are called “darts”.

I wanted a name that was unique to people who identify as female without being too obvious, and for some reason an image of a 1940s bullet bra came to mind, with its extreme darts! The bullet bra was one of our first logos, designed by artist Justin Barker.

I love that most guys don’t even know there is an alternate meaning of the word “dart”.

Which of your songs would you pick to introduce
THE DARTS to people who never heard of you?

“Probably “My Heart Is A Graveyard” and “Love U 2 Death,” because they both have that vibe of being dark but not too serious. That’s a big part of The Darts thing, lyrically, musically, even visually. We might smile a lot, but there’s always a little blood on the teeth.”

You played a live session for renowned radio station KEPX in Seattle this year.
But, as you told me before, Covid-19 almost blew the planned performance.
What exactly happened?

“We worked really hard for a long time with DJ Brian Foss to finally get that coveted slot on KEXP sessions. They gave us a date in July 2022. The pandemic was finally lifting a little and the station said if anyone tested positive for covid the day of the session, they would have to cancel us. We weren’t worried. We had a new EP out and we were finally back to touring after two years of lockdown, and we were totally ready.

We headed out around the USA for the first two legs of the tour… and them Christina
and I came home with covid. Like really nasty, can’t-move-for-a-week, no-food, no-music covid. This was three weeks before the KEXP appearance. We tested every day, sometimes multiple times a day, praying to the gods of rock that we would test negative in time for the session. Literally two days before we left for Seattle, exhausted and desperate, I finally tested negative.

We arrived in Seattle at KEXP and they rigorously tested everyone – the band, the DJs, photographers, studio people, everyone – before anyone could even go into the building. We all tested negative. And the session was one of the most amazing things we have ever done to date. It was a covid miracle.”

Full KEXP show

Last April the band released a 3-track EP, titled ‘LOVE TSUNAMI’.
Is it the harbinger for a new album in 2023?

‘It is definitely a taste of things to come, but Love Tsunami was actually recorded before the pandemic, by a new producer for the band, Gerald Schöenherr. Our friend Etti Bowen sat in on drums for the recording. With everything locked down right after that, we had to wait forever to get it out there.

Our European labels Adrenalin Fix Music, Dirty Water Records, Beluga Records, and Ghost Highway Recordings got together and put it out on vinyl and the 7” vinyls arrived literally on the last day of our European tour. Yeah, we’re good at timing apparently. But we love this little 7”, the songs are so much fun to play live.”

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“There’s a big tempo-change in the middle of the track “Underground” that was a new writing challenge I gave myself, and that has turned out to be one of my favorite parts
of the live set now. The lyrics to “Shit Show” are cathartic every night after all these years
of, well, shit, and “Love Tsunami” is just a surf-y, girl-group party song.

Our next album, “Snake Oil,” was recorded in April 2022 by our long-time producer Bob Hoag, with new drummer Mary Rose Gonzales on drums, and with Jello Biafra very involved in the sound and production. So the new record will definitely have a different feel than the EP; definitely a little darker at times, and with some pretty epic ballads that we are super proud of.”

You were all fired up when I saw you playing in Antwerp (Belgium) last October, like young Amazons happy to get on stage again after the awful lockdown period. Why is playing live such a booster for all of you?

“Playing live has always been the life-blood of this band. There is no better rush than playing a song you’ve written and rehearsed in an empty room, and then finally hearing
it explode on stage and watching the audience explode right along with us. And after a couple years of not having that feeling, we were all hungry for it. It’s hard to make music
in a vacuum without that energy and feedback from an audience.

Seeing everyone again, especially so many old friends in Europe, was absolutely
the best reward for getting through the pandemic, and we didn’t take it for granted
for one minute.”


Darting in Antwerp – 2 October 2022 (photo by Turn Up the Volume)

Which big-name artist(s)/band(s) would you love to tour with and why?

“I’m pretty sure everyone in this band would give you a different answer to this question. We’ve toured with The Damned, played with The Ventures and Joan Jett and Jello and L7 and Devo and so many incredible legends. But our current bucket list would have to include Amyl and the Sniffers, Nick Cave, Ty Segall, Jack White, and Billy Childish.

But there are also acts like Deap Vally, The Coathangers, LA Witch, Plague Vendor, Night Beats, Wet Leg and Smalltown Tigers that would make awesome tourmates for us, if you ask me. Our influences come from a lot of different places, old and new, and all of these artists inspire us a lot.”

What movie would you pick to soundtrack THE DARTS’ music, Nicole?

“Anything directed by Quentin Tarantino, obviously. But I recently
binge-watched the series “Killing Eve” and thought over and over that
our music would have fit perfectly with its black-hearted humor
and look.”

The best track and album you heard this year?

“We’ve all been digging “Chaise Lounge” by Wet Leg, like most of the world. But on a personal level, I’ve been getting oddly attached to Dry Cleaning’s new album “Stumpwork.” Maybe all that blaisé, detached vocal stuff is a nice change of pace for me after screaming into a microphone or something.”

THE event – good and bad – of 2022?

“Playing on KEXP was the highlight, but a couple of the Europe tour shows
were also unforgettable. Making two new records and having to wait endlessly
for vinyl manufacturing is definitely the lowlight of the year. I’m not good at waiting.”

Your fav Xmas carol, Nicole?

“Santa Baby,” but only when sung by Eartha Kitt of course.
Ok, it’s not really a carol but it should be.”

“Which song would you pick to play on New Year’s Eve and why?

Our entire new album “Snake Oil,” on repeat. Because 2023
is going to be its year and I can’t wait!!”

Name three things you really want to happen in 2023?

“I want to release not one, but two new full-length albums, spend most of our time touring internationally, and write and record a third album before the year is out. This is all going to happen, I am visualizing it.”

Thank you very much for this chat, Nicole.
May the road rise with The Darts in 2023.


Christina and Nicole – Darts sisters in garage rock crime (Photo by Turn Up The Volume)

While waiting for the new LP you can stream/buy
the latest one I LIKE YOU BUT NOT LIKE THAT here…


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THE DARTS: Facebook – Instagram

Garage Psychobilly Turbo THE DARTS Storm And Steam On Their New Sucker Punch ‘SNAKE OIL’

Daily electricity to load your batteries

12 December 2022

Band: THE DARTS
Who: Inflammable turbo
from Phoenix, Arizona
Albums: 3 so far

New single: SNAKE OIL

Nicole Laurenne (front dart): “Snake Oil” is a reference to the fake news, nasty products,
lies, exaggerations, online dating photos, false friends, undecipherable fine print, and general consumerism insanity that has infected the way we all perceive our entire reality. We are tired of being fed a constant diet of bullshit. Like, really tired of it.”

TUTV: The Darts were on a roll this year with their Love Tsunami EP and lots of touring (more about it in the upcoming interview with Turn Up The Volume). My ears were already looking out for their new upcoming – 4th – album next year. And just like that its first single dropped in my inbox in these final days of 2022.

Snake Oil is a classic Darts sucker punch that storms and steams from the get-go, energized by a red-hot bass riff, strapping drum hits, feverish psych-o-billy guitar reverberation, the indispensable organ flashes and Nicole Laurenne uptight vocals.
As I said a classic Darts sucker punch. Garage rock dynamite at its frenzy best. Bingo.
Bring on the album, ladies.

Buy
your snake here
via Bandcamp.


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THE DARTS: Facebook – InstagramSpotify

The band’s logo: font by NXOEED, design by Gil Roberts and 📷 by Kelly Sahr.

INDIE HALLOWEEN 2022 – 15 Smashing Pumpkins For Your Zombie Party

HALLOWEEN 2022

Get your creepy costume out of the closet.
Stick your spiky vampire teeth in your mouth.
Drain some of your blood to smear on your face.

Reserve your place at the local graveyard
for a zombies party with these 15 inflaming
smashing indie pumpkins.

Participating demons
(Click name for their FB-Page)

THE DARTS
THE MEDICINE DOLLS
STEPFORD WIVES
THE FREQS
SLOKS
THE HIVES
GRETCHEN SHAE
AND THE MIDDLE EIGHT

GRAVEDANGER
BLACK MIDI
AGATH CHRIST
REIGN MAKER
VAZUM
OFFICER X
VLIMMER
STICK TO YOUR GUNS

Party! Party! Party!

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Drop-Dead Gorgeous Garage Rock Amazons THE DARTS Will Get Messy In Europe

19 September 2022

I’m gonna try not to be too euphoric here. Because every time I listen to THE DARTS,
every time I see videos/pics of THE DARTS, and the two times (so far) I saw THE DARTS
live I’m lost/losing a bit of control of myself. A bit goofy for an adult, right? Anyway, it will be fab to see the black-hot-blooded US Amazons back again in Belgium for 2 gigs (2 & 6 October). If you never heard of these drop-dead gorgeous ladies, I’ll tell you why you should discover them. NOW.

They ROCK
They ROLL
They PUNK
They CRAMP(S)
They STEAM
They SWING
They SHAKE
They SWAY
They RULE

And they’re a pure drop-dead gorgeous band.
Was I too euphoric again? Whatever.

– LIVE LIVE LIVE –

(At Seattle KEPX studio, July 2022)

– BLACK WHITE BLACK WHITE BLACK WHITE –

– MESSY MESSY MESSY –

THE DARTS: Facebook – Instagram


One dart down

Turn Up The Volume’s 5 Best EPs Of 2022 (So Far)

More than a single, less than an album

Turn Up The Volume‘s ears say that these
are the 5 best EPs of 2022… so far.

Band: NOTHINGHEADS
Who: Hit team formed through a shared love for London’s DIY music scene.
Their songs draw no boundaries – no subject is too confusing, no sound too
eclectic. The band write collaboratively, harnessing the noise and energy
that comes from playing together.

EP: DIGGING

Turn Up The Volume said: Three riff-mental haymakers. Three vitriolic sucker-punches. Three intimidatory knockouts. The Nothingheads‘ frontman sounds like his own meanest demon, threatening and ready to kick badasses. This EP was made to scare all the human-destroying rulers of our paranoid world. If we go to the dogs don’t forget to take this EP with you. It’ll help to channel your frustrations while Armageddon is grinning around the corner.

Stream/buy/dig the whole 5-track EP here…


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NOTHINGHEADS: Facebook – Spotify

Act: VIOLET NOX
Who: Experimental electro duo, Dez DeCarlo and Andrew Abrahamson,
from Boston who collaborate frequently with other artists.

EP: ERIS WAKES

Turn Up The Volume said: Violet Nox compose their spaced-out symphonies in an
electronic universe of their own where ambient music dominates in all its different reverberations. Soothing and meditative (opener Spaceport 5), tripping out (Eris / Bellatrix), spooky (Magnetar), and mind-puzzling (Ghost Star). It all feels utopian and cosmic. Foggy harmonies with Portishead‘s vocalist Beth Gibbons transcended timbre and repetitive eurhythmics echoing German legends Tangerine Dream.

Close encounters of the third kind.
Sonic science-fiction. Stupefying

Buy/stream  ‘Eris Wakes’ here…


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VIOLET NOX: Facebook

Band: THE DARTS
Who: Inflammable engine
from Phoenix, Arizona

Turn Up The Volume: wrote: The Darts? They sound cool, look cool and rawk ‘n roll cool.

This Devilish American Rip-roaring Turbo Squad do it again on this new 3-track EP
with a garage hurricane (Love Tsunami), a mid-tempo groover (Shit Show) and another
brisk belter (Underground). And again, Nicole Laurenne, the utterly charismatic dart in
the middle, fires up the cuts with her sexy 60s-sounding organ.

The electrifying Amazons hit the bullseye once more.

Press play here…

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THE DARTS: Instagram

Artist: ROBIN GUTHRIE (Scotland)
Who: Co-founder of Cocteau Twins (1979–1997)

EP: RIVIERA

Turn Up The Volume wrote: An instrumental 4-track one with a featherlight, heavenly and spiritual magnificence. Stardust everywhere. If you’re not into all that festive end-of-the-year fuss (like me) play all Guthrie‘s 2021 releases on repeat. It’ll give you (and me) a mind-relaxing, soothing, and idyllic feel. Sparkling vibrations for the midnight hours. Guthrie transfers you to a blissful place.

Enjoy


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ROBIN GUTHRIE: Facebook

Last November sharp-rapping poets SLEAFORD MODS  played in their
hometown Nottingham. Now 6 of the performed tracks (2 of the latest
album ‘Spare Ribs‘, a cover of Yazoo’s ‘Don’t Go, and 2 oldies) are cemented
in a live EP called LIVE AT NOTTZ ARENA.

Mork In Mindy features big soul voice Billy Nominates
and Amyl Taylor was a guest on Nudge It (which she did
too on the duo’s 2021 LP).

Get up and let your feet and your hips do the talking…

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SLEAFORD MODS: Instagram

Garage Amazons THE DARTS Fired-Up On New 3-Track EP ‘LOVE TSUNAMI’

Daily Electricity to load your batteries

21 April 2022

Band: THE DARTS
Who: Inflammable engine
from Phoenix, Arizona
Albums: 3 so far

The Darts (2017)
Me. Ow. (2017)
I Like You But Not Like that (2019)

Recording starts on our new full-length for Alternative Tentacles Records
this month, with direct production assistance from Jello Biafra.

New EP: LOVE TSUNAMI
The vinyl format comes this summer.


(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Turn Up The Volume: The Darts? They sound cool, look cool and rawk ‘n roll cool.

This Devilish American Rip-roaring Turbo Squad do it again on this new 3-track EP
with a garage hurricane (Love Tsunami), a mid-tempo groover (Shit Show) and another
brisk belter (Underground). And again, Nicole Laurenne, the utterly charismatic dart in
the middle, fires up the tracks with her sexy 60s-sounding organ.

The electrifying Amazons hit the bullseye once more.

Press play here…

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Nicole Laurenne: vocals / farfisa
Meliza Jackson: guitars / vocals
Christina Nunez: bass / vocals
Etti Bowen: drums
Gerald Schöenherr: theremin

All songs by Nicole Laurenne

Recorded by Gerald Schöenherr at El Sonida Recording, Mesa AZ
for Adrenalin Fix Music / Dirty Water Records / Beluga Records / Ghost Highway Recordings
Mastered by AD Mastering (FR)
Photo by Kelly Sahr

Merch info here

Devils In Disguise – ‘I LIKE YOU BUT NOT LIKE THAT’ By Garage Turbo THE DARTS

7 June 2020

The Devilish American Rip-roaring Turbo Squad – in short THE DARTS – unleashed
their second fantabulous album, entitled ‘I LIKE YOU BUT NOT LIKE THAT’ one year ago
via their friend and punk legend Jello Biafra‘s record label Alternative Tentacles Records. An inflammable piece of sexy organ-fueled firework. A heated mix of the nastiest vibes of 60s garage rockabilly injected with an illegal dose of Riot Grrrl flamboyance and spiced with a blazing portion of Cramps hullabaloo.

These four graveyard loving ladies can heat up any lame party. I saw them do it twice.
The King would have called them ‘Devils in disguise‘. Oh, and did I mention they look,
walk and talk as one of the coolest gangs that ever walked this lockdown planet?

Let’s have some foreplay with the two steamy singles of the LP…

– BREAKUP MAKEUP –

– I LOVE U 2 DEATH –

Now, buy yourself a ticket to hell
right here, right now…


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THE DARTS: Facebook


Working hard for the money…

BANDCAMP Supports Indie Artists Today – Here Are 10 Ace Records To Purchase…

20 March 2020

Today Bandcamp supports musicians everywhere by waiving its revenue share and rallying the Bandcamp community to put much-needed money directly into the artists’ pockets. Hail hail Bandcamp!

Turn Up The Volume selected 10 standout records you should definitely consider to
buy. Awesome album that will boost your adrenalin in these troubled times.

Here we go…

‘Black City‘ by RICH GIRLS
Music for the midnight hours.
Companion for moony moments.


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‘Bejahung’ by ELEFANT
A synthtastic motherrocker. A schizophrenic
adventure. A crazed mindfucker.


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‘A Life Extinct’ by CROSS WIRES
Blistering post punk that tackles
the grim times we experience with
a biting potency.


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My War Is Your War‘ by DEUX FURIEUSES
A beseeching and vociferous call-up
for solidarity, unity, universal respect.


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‘Ghost’ by FALLING MAN
Manic anxiety. Haunting stories.
Red-hot riffs. Top stuff!


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‘Experiments In The Dark‘ EP by WHERE WE SLEEP
Mesmerizing electro grooves,
Fascinating and emotive.


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‘Run Amok‘ by THE GLÜCKS
Devilish garage havoc.
Smoking hullabaloo.


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‘I Like You But Not Like That’ by THE DARTS
Sultry, steamy, snappy, savage,
sensual, sweltering,sizzling.


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‘Zum Kotzen‘ by PINK ROOM
Twenty minutes of madness
Clamorous vomit. Punk rage.


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‘Crux’ by MECHANIMAL
Electro ‘drone n roll’and
atmospheric soundscapes.


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Bandcamp: Website

Garage Misfits THE DARTS Go Black And White In New Video ‘BREAKUP MAKEUP’…

Clips that will have an impact on your eyes and your ears…

13 August 2019

American garage misfits THE DARTS scored the liveliest and sultriest LP of the year so
far with I Like You But Not Like That. To remind us all of that indisputable fact they just unleashed a new video for ‘BREAKUP MAKEUP’, one of the hottest cuts on the LP. It’s the first time that I and probably you too will see flashes of the rockin’ ladies in white dresses. Beware, don’t let them fool you. They didn’t turn into angels overnight. They still rattle like bloodthirsty devils. They still race like sizzling beatniks. Check it out for yourself here…

THE DARTS: Facebook


Album I LIKE YOU BUT NOT LIKE THAT out now – available here