October 29th, 2022 10pm Stage 1
Darlin! the Band is a synth/electro-pop Brooklyn outfit formed in 2019. For years, lead singer Johnny Darlin was a staple in New York's open mic and queer underground theatre scene. He played his original songs on a bejeweled keytar at Fringe Festivals and in blackbox theatres, working up a theatrical sweat in his wedding dress. Meanwhile, Ben (guitars), Can (drums), and Wes (synth/bass) were cutting their teeth in iconic New York City venues with other bands, including Mind Over Time and The Avalon Hi-Fi. Together now, they create a fusion of the two worlds - introspective songwriting about trying to find love whilst struggling to find yourself - mixed with the intricate musicality of twinkling synths, driven by a pulsing groove and rhythm. Their latest music video for "Breathe," a song about having both an anxiety disorder and a Grindr account, was released (via Grindr Music Weekly) earlier this spring.