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Monday, February 22, 2016

Review of Darnell Boys from Princeton's Intersections mag by Gabbie Watts

 A local discovery: The Darnell Boys
Mess, mess, and brilliant.
The Darnell Boys hail from Athens, Georgia. They play musical chairs with their instruments. When I saw them in an Atlanta basement over the summer (2013), they were raising money to buy another guitar and exchange the instruments they had with each other from song to song. Their drum set was made out of pots and pans. And, they could all play every instrument.
And they manage to create an incredible sound: rough, in-your-face, and spicy.  The first track on their self-titled album “You Got The Devil” is their hottest track. It starts with a zesty guitar beat, then the electric guitars comes in with the spoons (drum set). The Boys sing together, but slightly off, creating a delayed, lingering, sensual sound. Also, they are singing about North Georgia mountain girls being taken into the hearth of the devil, a very, very seductive dude. The track ends in chaos with layered voices and echoed harmonies.

Tracks range from a band of train robbers to catfish to hard times. But each track is relentless, and on the whole the album continues to bump and pump the whole way through. No slow numbers for the Darnell Boys. Sadness and lonesome hearts, yes, but not slow.


By Gabbie Watts in Princeton’s Intersections -    
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Live Review of Eddie's Attic performance @ openearsmusic.net (excerpt from article by Lisa Parish)

Athens, Georgia’s very own The Darnell Boys have this Americana, Blues, Folk and soulful sound to them. There is heart and passion behind everything they are pumping out for all to hear. Brothers Austin, Caleb, and Gus joined by Elijah Neesmith on the upright bass and Patrick Weise on the “Junkyard” percussion kit, produce music that is filled with so much whiskey fueled blues, gospel and a touch of
The Darnell Boys

rock and roll. You find yourself wondering if you are within the right decade with the soul charged music you are witnessed to. The Darnell Boys have independently released 2013’s self-titled album and 2015Workmans Will. The boys stick to their roots with 2015’s Workmans Will. It has the same bones as their previous release with a slightly cleaner tighter sound. As the boys perform to the packed out Eddies Attic, they are all pouring sweat as they fully want to give you everything they have performed for us. Like the preacher reciting his gospel to his parishioners, Austin belts out the chorus to his song over and over again, “Let’s make love like it is our last chance” with real conviction, which left us all gripped with the energy and heart The Darnell Boys bleed.