CD Review: Darlings of Chelsea – The Mimico Sessions

The debut EP from Darlings of Chelsea – The Mimico Sessions – has become my ‘it’s 4:35 p.m. and I want to get the fuck out of this office so I’ll blast some good music and dance around for the next 25 minutes singing along at the top of my lungs and maybe sip at the flask of vodka that I had forgotten was in my purse’ CD. I’m very popular with my office mate, in case you were wondering. She especially enjoys my air guitar. She says it’s ‘seizure-esque’ which I think is French for ‘awesomely good’.

I saw Darlings of Chelsea perform at their Velvet Underground CD Release at the end of June and was completely blown away. This may have had a little to do with the fact that they went on at 9:30ish and I was still sober. But mostly it was because they’re just.that.fucking.good.

Let’s break it down, shall we?

Track 1: I Want Your Love

Sounds like: Billy Talent meshed with the Foo Fighters, only better.

Rating: 5/5

My 2 cents: My favourite. Been humming this tune for days. Pretty sure I’ve got my intern humming it as well. She’s great at picking up dry cleaning. And humming, apparently.

Track 2: New Addiction

Sounds like: A song your younger sister would have played on repeat for days before you banged on her bedroom door to tell her to shut the fuck up then stormed in, listened closely for a minute, then asked her to borrow the CD. Scratch that – yanked the CD from her player and never gave it back. Then threw her computer out her window because, you know, you’re just so rock ‘n’ roll hot stuff.

Rating: 4.5/5

My 2 cents: I feel like this song would be perfect in some angst-ridden teen coming-of -age movie in a scene involving some sort of after-prom house party craziness. Ever notice how 80s teen movies all had live bands playing at their house parties? Let’s bring that back, people. You know what I’m talking about.

Track 3: Helsinki

Sounds like: Robin Black minus some snark.

Rating: 3.5/5

My 2 cents: Meh. Don’t love it, don’t hate it. Captain Ambivalent.

Track 4: Riot

Sounds like: Fun. A great song to listen to while drinking beer in the park at 4 a.m. on a Tuesday. True story.

Rating: 5/5

My 2 cents: Makes me want to Riot. I could rock to this all night long, like AC/DC, baby.

Track 5: Sleazy Rock ‘n’ Roller

Sounds like: Queens of the Stone Age meets White Cowbell Oklahoma

Rating: 4/5

My 2 cents: Sleazy is one of my favourite words, like, ever. Whenever I listen to this song I have to have a cigarette. This pisses off people at the gym. What? You’ve never seen a girl smoking while listening to her iPod and running on the treadmill? Squares.

Track 6: Devil Is a Woman

Sounds like: Every concert I went to in the late 90s.

Rating: 3.5/5

My 2 cents: Devil Is a Woman is also the name of a movie made in 1935 starring people who died a long time ago. Would also make a good band name.

Meet the band:

Sean Robertson – Vocals

Paul Thompson aka ‘YPT’ – Guitar

Robby Ruckus – Bass

Jay Millette – Guitar

Chris Nova – Drums

I’m competitive. So when I read that Mass Movement Magazine said Darlings of Chelsea were the “Best New Band of 2009” and rated The Mimico Sessions as one of the “Top 5 Albums of the Year,” and that CHARTattack said “…subtle lovers, raw rock’n’rollers, sugary pop rock fiends and sordid, guttural demons… twisted yet beautifully entrancing… a stunning debut…” I decided I had to come up with my own clever quote. So here goes:

“Based on the quality of this EP, I would have sex with Darlings of Chelsea.”

Wait…there’s more.

Upcoming Shows:

Fri 31 July • @ Horseshoe Tavern
Fri 21 Aug • @ Silver Dollar


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