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Israel Darling @ The Flat Iron

Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

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"Acoustic and jangly but the polar opposite of mellow, Hickory’s Israel Darling draws a little rock twang and swagger into their clever Cohen meets Bacharach meets Buckley stew, and it sure does work. Atmospheric echoes swirl beneath a story of inner turmoil and hard choices in “Oh My God,” until the noise builds to a roar that matches the pain and regret in the storyteller’s head. Vocalist and songwriter Jacob Darden has a knack for delivering the damndest lyric at just the right time, with a voice somewhere in the area of Jump Little Children’s Jay Clifford and Andrew Bird, peppered with a tad of David Gray. “All Is Well” gears down a bit, but what sticks with you about these guys is that for all the “skinny pants” affectations and bouncing around (at least in the live format) there are real songs here, and the potential for much, much more. Smart arrangements, crafty use of sound (check the “grating giving way to hypnotic” drum loop under “I Know But It Is Late”) and no shortage of heartbreak in the material make for some great ingredients. We’ll just have to wait for Israel Darling to finish up the full-length album and head our way again — soon. Well worth a listen."

- Chris Cooper - Smoky Mountain News


Discography

"Dinosaur Bones and Mechanical Hands" - Engine Room Recordings

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Feeling trapped and isolated is a way of life in Western North Carolina. From the former milltowns akeen to Drexel to the tourist driven city of Asheville; it's easy to be in debt and alone until you're gray. And so the tale of Greensboro, North Carolina's Israel Darling began. Born out of one man's coming-of-age trials and tribulation, and grounded by five other southern hearts. Freshly signed to Engine Room Recordings of New York City, Israel Darling is Jacob Darden, Alex Dagenhart, Georgiana Harris, Jeff Bechtel, Mat Masterson and Arlie Huffman and will be releasing its second album "Dinosaur Bones and Mechanical Hands" in the Summer of 2009. For booking and all other inquiries please e-mail the band direct at gypsyboxfolk@yahoo.com.