Garage-psych-rock grrls make your head slam and your feet shake. And then there’s the music. With members from both Phoenix, AZ and Los Angeles, CA, THE DARTS have exploded onto the scene with a fiercely classic sound that invests deeply in late 60’s garage, with tones of horror and psychedelic rock. Live THE DARTS hurtle out their songs with wreck-less abandon of a freight train about to run off the rails, but thanks to their calculated musicianship it becomes a seamless trajectory of a groovin’ hooks and danceable boogie back beats.
Forming in early 2016 after vocalist/keyboardist Nicole Laurenne (The Love Me Nots, Motobunny, Zero Zero) and bassist Christina Nunez (The Love Me Nots, The Madcaps) decided, following the end of their band, The Love Me Nots, to finally put together the all girl band that had been talking about for years. Tapping some of their favorite players for the project, like drummer Rikki Styxx (The Two Tens, The Dollyrots, Thee Outta Sites) the band quickly wrote and self-released two debut EPS back to back.
Shortly after the band was signed to notable UK garage label, Dirty Water Records and in 2017 released their first full length album, “Me.Ow.” to international acclaim. THE DARTS have crisscrossed both the US and Europe constantly since, playing festivals such as Sjock Fest, Roots and Roses Fest, Down At The Nightclub Fest, Relache, and Munster Looney Fest.
In June 2018, legendary label Alternative Tentacles Records, joined forces with with Laurenne’s newly formed American arm of Dirty Water, Dirty Water Records USA, to release THE DARTS first 7” record, “Subsonic Dream w/ Bullet”. Biafra even invited THE DARTS to perform at his sold out birthday show at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. This added to the impressive list of bands they’ve shared the stage with in their brief existence, like The Black Lips, Electric Six, King Kahn and The Shrines, The Living End, Les Jullies, The Lords of Altamonte, The Dwarves, and Turbonegro.
This October THE DARTS, now joined by Meliza Jackson (decker) on guitar, they begin a nation wide tour in support of legendary UK punk band The Damned. See these vicious ladies tear the house down on their 12 date run across North America, surfing in the wake of one of the most influential punk bands in history. They are not to be missed.