I love Darwin Deez! They are so wonderful. I was super, duper, duper, tired after just coming back to London and being awake for over twenty four hours. And also, have you ever carried a rucksack full of camera gear? It’s really heavy. It’s quite tiring carrying it for prolonged periods of time. Just sayin’.
[photo of Greg soundchecking on bass]
Anyway, I got to Rough Trade early and stayed inside during the soundcheck. As soon as they opened the doors to all the folk queuing outside everyone tried to jam in in about ten seconds. The people at the front were buzzing with excitement, literally. They were talking mega fast and being all squealy and what not.
There’s something really special about Darwin and the music he makes. It’s poppy and charming, and it makes people so happy. I was literally filled with complete joy watching the band. The people at the front sang every word, did hi-fives, hugged, danced, patted each other on the head (Darwin really liked getting them to do these things) and it was heartwarming and beautiful.
Watching the band all grin ear to ear as they do dances is the sweetest thing. Cole plays with so much energy and spins around and I love the guitar parts he does. Greg played bass this time and was excellent, as was the new drummer. I was sad to not see Michelle play this time round, she is sweet and wonderful also (not to mention an incredible, incredible dancer).
[Darwin- above, Cole and Greg dancing- below]
They played a couple of new songs and did some new dances I’d never seen before. The dances seem to really ‘wow’ people, as well as inject an extra special amount of fun. I love it.
The show was great. I didn’t feel tired once. I would have happily heard them do every song twice. They’re such brilliant performers and good people, there’s not an ounce of pretense in what they do; you just want to see them do well. And they are doing brilliantly and they deserve it.
The queue to speak to Darwin wound literally all the way around the store.
That photo is just a small portion of the queue. The best thing is that he waits and speaks to everyone.
They are great. They have a ton of festival shows and a headline at Scala later this year. Go see them live.