Darlia performed at Dot to Dot Festival 2014. Watch exclusive live videos from their performance below.
Musically, Darlia evoke early-'90s grunge, albeit a particularly British take on that most American of genres. It's all underpinned by a heady dose of melody too, the songs pack a sure punch but are infectious too.
And now, despite being together less than a year, Darlia have already toured the country three times released that introductory EP, and have enough material to fill the first three albums. Things are moving fast for Darlia, but Nathan Day wouldn’t have it any other way.
Nathan formed Darlia with the only other musician he knew upon leaving school, drummer Jack Bentham. Fate threw Nathan and bassist Dave Williams together when they'd finished their studies. They became cleaners at the school – "I wanted to leave the place, I just didn't seem able to," says Nathan.
It's no accident it's happened this way. Nathan, now just out of his teens, has been plotting, planning and scheming this moment for longer than he can remember. A combination of isolation at school – his upbringing saw him excluded from many regular class activities – shyness and anxiety meant he wasn't big on communication until music came into his life.
"Music is a bit like a card trick," says Darlia's Nathan Day, the frontman and sculptor of Britain's finest young rock band.
"You can make flames shoot from your hands or pull doves from a hat, but it's just a gimmick. Everyone knows it's a trick and they soon get bored of it. I prefer those simple close-up tricks that maybe aren't as flashy, but they're harder to do and keep people interested for much longer."
Attend one of the Blackpool trio's live shows, and the analogy's backed up, with Nathan centre stage, casting a spell over the entire crowd.
Darlia release their new EP 'Candyman' on the 31st March 2014 through B-Unique Records, following the heavy buzz for their debut EP Queen of Hearts with another three tracks of fizzing guitar rock, and those three tracks are as powerful and explosive as each other.
Answers from Nathan.
How did you all meet and decide to make music together?
I met Jack when I moved schools. We played music pretty much straight away. I met Dave during high school and college but never really spoke until we were 18 and working as cleaners at the same place. We instantly talked of music - he'd heard something I'd put on Youtube. I asked him to play bass and when things started to take off for us we replaced our drummer at the time with Jack. So it was essentially two individual stories than intertwine in the middle.
How did you decide on the band name Darlia?
I was going through an obsession with flowers at the time. When I discovered the Dahlia flower, the word seemed utopian and dreamlike. The idea of the band name being a sort of mass, overhanging idea of beauty appealed to me. Also after our first show when we were un-named, a girl handed me a plastic flower and months later when we'd settled on Darlia I found the flower in my jacket and realised it was a Dahlia flower.
How would you describe your sound?
I could call it Blackpool Rock and it wouldn't mean a thing, that's what I've learnt since we released our EP. It's sometimes described as grunge yet I couldn't list more than 3 grunge bands and never listen to grunge. Labels are dangerous, labels not only pigeon hole but they almost give you a medal you don't necessarily want to wear.
Who did you grow up listening to?
I never really listened to music and still don't. Every now and then I would crave Phillip Glass or the theme tune for 28 Days Later though.
What influences you, other than music?
To be honest other things influence me more than music ever has. Sometimes you get a feeling like a hazy, coloured deja-vu that doesn't go away unless you do something about it by assaulting a guitar.
What new music are you listening to at the moment?
I actualy have a lot of respect for Lorde. She reminds me of Kate Bush.
Do you associate with any subcultures, or did you ever, growing up?
I've never associated with any subculture at all. When I was younger I was told I should have been born in the 60s, though. I watched people turn from 'punks' to 'goths' to 'emo' depending on what their favourite song at the time was and thought it was ridiculous.
What's been the best show you've played recently and why?
I think it was our last Manchester show, a few weeks ago. To watch people just thriving off what you're doing is really special. Someone apparently ended up in A&E for going awol.
Who are your biggest style Icons?
Andy Warhols' silhouette.
What are you looking forward to most about playing Dot to Dot?
I like that it's a big, moving thing being taken from town to town. Almost like a circus. I'm looking forward to playing to different people.
And finally, if you could have any artist cover you, dead or alive who would it be?
I want to hear Iggy Pop's version of Candyman.