Darling

Darling

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Dublin based rock duo. Gutsy guitar driven voluminous songs with wide appeal and anthemic choruses riding alongside Haim and The Vaccines while drawing influence from Tears For Fears to The Strokes. Produced by Stephen Lipson (Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Grace Jones, Ultravox and Pet Shop Boys).

Biography

Around 2013 things began to fall into place for Darling. The morning after their previous band had fallen apart, Gary Harding and James McGuire, two young men from Dublin, sat down in a cafe and scribbled down everything they wanted to achieve and everything they wanted to avoid in a new band. The next 12 months was spent working out of the spare room in Gary’s parent’s house, teaching each the other the merits of songwriting and studying the greats. First came the tunes, then the name. During that year every bit of spare time they had was focused on writing, recording and rehearsing material they could be proud of. But Darling was never going to be a spare time kind of band.

Gary: “We confined ourselves to a studio environment for months and months with guitars and pianos, a 7-year old Mac and some glitchy software trying to write stuff that moved us and was worthy of real pop music. We listened to the giants and studied them and just wrote and wrote. We wanted to write music that would sound just as solid in 20 years.”

Writing and demo excursions also took the pair to a beach house overlooking the wild Irish sea on Ireland's southern coast, a lake-side cottage in the remote midlands as well as studios in Belfast, Kerry and Dublin.

Renowned pop producer Stephen Lipson heard a snippet of one of their demos somewhere or another. Stephen knows his hits. Many of the foremost pioneering names in popular music have entrusted their sound to Stephen, among them, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Grace Jones, Ultravox and Pet Shop Boys. Within a few weeks the boys were holed up in Steve's West London studio sprinkling magic on some demos. These sessions more than anything let them know they were on the right path. Under Steve’s expert tutelage their songs took life and a blueprint was laid down.

Lyrics

Echoes

Written By: Gary Harding / James McGuire

It's a subtle kind of light that shines right on desperation,
Like a lion I had to fight, to keep you safe but you kept me waiting.
It's not them it's you, that have fallen on the other one not them it's you,
that have fallen from the sky.

Echoes...when I've done nothing wrong.
Echoes...you let it all come undone.
Echoes...I said these colours don't run.
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon.

I head north along the coast, to the town that I grew up in.
I came looking for the truth, but then on my arrival,
I saw something I wished that I'd never seen,
and I brought to life something that had never been before.

Echoes...when I've done nothing wrong.
Echoes...you let it all come undone.
Echoes...I said these colours don't run.
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon.

Echoes...and when I'm holding your hand.
Echoes...you said you don't understand.
Echoes...like you had it all planned.
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon.

I never understood, my feelings stayed the same.
You stuck me in the neck and said that things had changed.
I closed my eyes and sighed, I know what now comes next I'm standing at the edge, holding my breath.

Echoes...when I've done nothing wrong.
Echoes...you let it all come undone.
Echoes...I said these colours don't run.
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon.

Sail Away

Written By: Gary Harding / James McGuire

I know it seemed harder,
when it started,
than what you ever thought it would be.
And you had something special imagined,
in your head that you made up,
but that’s not real.

You wanna make this magic,
let’s do it right,
put your face right next to mine.
You wanna make this magic,
let’s do it right and put your face right next to mine.

Sail away some,
sail away someday with me,
you know we have to leave.
Sail away some,
sail away someday with me,
will there ever be a next time,
it’ll be better, remember,
it’ll be better next time,
if you wait and see.

I did what I could in place of another, another,
to make you believe next time would be better.

You wanna make this magic,
let’s do it right,
put your face right next to mine.
You wanna make this magic,
let’s do it right and put your face right next to mine.

Sail away some,
sail away someday with me,
you know we have to leave.
Sail away some,
sail away someday with me,
you’re all I’ll ever need.

All that I have is, all that I need is you.
All that I have is, all that I need is you.

All that I have is, all that I need is you.
All that I have is, all that I need is you, you, you.

Discography

FACTD14 - Darling - Darling EP
1. Echoes
2. Sail Away
3. Echoes (Sun Glitters Remix)

Set List

Sail Away
It's Just One Lok
2001
Tell Her No
As Solid As A Rock
Echoes