Darlings Of The Splitscreen
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May
07
Darlings Of The Splitscreen @ Nag Nag Nag @ Ghetto, Soho

London, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

London, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

May
03
Darlings Of The Splitscreen @ The Mark Addy

Manchester, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Manchester, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

May
03
Darlings Of The Splitscreen @ Razor Stiletto @ DQ

Sheffield, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Sheffield, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

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Sheffield’s electro/indie menage a trois Darlings of the Splitscreen don’t do things by halves. Whether that’s indulging in lemsip at the weekend, balancing relentless gigging with full time jobs or the way they go about releasing records. The first DOTS EP emerged on the equivalent of dosh making suicide on 10 inch vinyl (as well as limited CD). The new Dash EP lands as a ridiculous three disk box set, clothed in a classy sleeve from the Designers’ Republic.

A grandiose jump forward in packaging only hints towards the musical evolution which lies within. The Darlings’ songs have grown razor sharp teeth and exude a musical confidence sleeker and tighter than the jeans of many of their less interesting contemporaries.

Harmonies, handclaps and intricate guitar lines march to the beat of their drum machine across six complex pop songs which burst at the seams with more ideas than a ‘local’ band has any right to. Cut open the likes of ‘Dash Dots Dash’ and ‘I know what you’re doing’ you’ll find ace pop songs with pulsating disco balls at their hearts. If you like your guitar music to dance then you won’t be able to do much better than this… - Sandman Magazine


This first single shows a good ear for skewed, guitar-led, electronic pop. It starts a little bit like Bloc Party, but throughout the EP several bands spring to mind, including Flaming Lips, Clor (especially on third track 'Stealing Tears') and even the Beatles at times, with added bleeps and squelches going on under the guitars. Perhaps the standout is the track they've saved until last, 'Be:am', which somehow manages to sound like a missing track off Parklife, written by Mark Mothersbaugh, with collaborative help from Blondie and 'Heroes'-era Bowie. With a particularly chunky bassline, it's a great electro-punk stomper that perhaps deserved to be heading the single. - Sandman Magazine


Does anyone miss Clor? They seemed to last barely a year in the public eye, with three fantastic singles, Good Stuff (obviously), Outlines and Love + Pain to their name. Unfortunately (for me anyway), these were the first three songs on the album and the rest of it just didn’t match up. Fortunately, Sheffield’s Darlings of the Splitscreen have stepped up to replace the gap with added vocal harmonies and Super Furry Animals levels of inventiveness.

DOTS are looking to release The Dash (geddit?) sometime in April, and if these two tracks are anything to go by, it should be pretty fantabulous. For only three guys, they make an awful lot of noise. Harmonies bounce all over the place with ‘oh-oh’s and ‘dot dot dot dash dash dash’s balancing out all the electronic riffs and sparkles. Dash Dots Dash is their Love + Pain, trading riffs for lines, before completely leaving the rails (if they were ever on any) halfway through to give us all a lesson in how to give a morse chorus. Something Beautiful begins with an almost ripped guitar line from the beginning of Art Brut’s Good Weekend before going all hyperactive like Field Music on substances of the amphetamine variety. In fact, if you listen to I Know What You’re Doing on their MySpace page you’ll be surprised at apt the comparison is for one of their less manic cuts.

Those cool folk among you (I’m sure you know who you think you are) will probably have seen them at the Ginger People Are Wizards club night that operates in Coventry (well, last December, I’m late. I know). These people are that same band with the same name! - a la discotheque


Discography

'the dots ep' - 2000 - Gold Leaf Electroscope - 10" Vinyl
a1: So Beautiful
a2: In Between
b1: Stealing Tears
b2: Be:Am

'dots dash ep' - Little Mesters Music/Gold Leaf Electroscope - 3 disc box set
cd1.1: Dash Dots Dash
cd1.2: In The Back Of My Brain
cd1.3: Clarity
cd2.1: I Will Intercept You
cd2.2: I Know What You're Doing
cd2.3: Paint A Picture
dvd: I Know What You're Doing Video

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*****NEW SINGLE OUT ON MAY 6TH!*****

The Darlings have teamed up with Iconic Sheffield club night Razor Stiletto to release 'Hiroshima', the first single on Mr Ralph Razor's new imprint Razor Stiletto Records.

More ‘Neu! Yorkshire’ than New Yorkshire the limited edition seven inch single celebrates Sheffield’s heritage as the city that invented strange but catchy electronic music

Recorded and mixed by bearded production wizard Dean Honer (All Seeing I, Add (N) to X, Roisin Murphy & I Monster ), ‘HIROSHIMA’ is a four minute turbulent marriage of the diametrically opposed sensibilities of pop and prog.

Spunky, punky electronics, quickly builds into kinetic arpeggiation softened with beachboys harmonies, where gay disco battles it out with flourishes of avant-weird synth stabs and sirens, equal parts Donna Summer and Delia Derbyshire, exploding into a frenzied hi NRG cataclysmic finale.

*****LISTEN TO THE SINGLE EXCLUSIVELY ON OUR SONIC BIDS EPK RIGHT NOW*****

Darlings of the Splitscreen are southern songwriters Chris, Tom and Phil who in 2004 made a pilgrimage to Sheffield, the steely birthplace of electronic pop. They never left; drawing inspiration from their new wave forebears and the local breaks scene they decided Sheffield was a good place to be. Thus our heroes set out to make their fortune as colourful, prog-pop, dancefloor-mangling wonk-merchants.

The Darlings created their own studio in a grimy former factory and set to work creating their debut, 'the Dots EP', released in 2005 on their own imprint Gold Leaf Electroscope. This juicy slab of 10" vinyl marked the boys out as a creative force to be reckoned with and established them on the Sheffield scene.

In 2006 DOTS teamed up with local label Little Mesters Music and world famous design legends the Designers Republic to begin work on their next release. 'the Dash' saw the light of day in April 2007, as a super limited edition multi-media mini-album and subsequently threw them into the paths of many cool DJ’s including John Kennedy (XFM), Steve Lamacq (Radio 1) and Shamir (Radio Sheffield).

In May 2007 the boys met Roo and Jenral Management, and the future was born. Instant headline shows, showcases, TV&Film synchronisations and the formalisation of ongoing support from the world famous Designers Republic brand.

All the while team DOTS tour their energetic live show around in their trusty Renault Savanah, Louis. The DOTS' crazy combination of hands-in-the-air harmonies, jerky funk breakdowns and rinsing house workouts leaves a trail of sweaty bodies and smiley faces in their wake wherever they go.

DOTS are currently eating, sleeping and drinking in their new subterranean studio buried deep beneath the rubble of the former Gatecrasher nightclub, working on their debut album. A record which, thanks to their support from the Jenral group, tDR and their growing enthusistic fan base looks set to take the world by storm in 2008.