My Darling Fury's creative sparks first fired when five very different Richmond, Virginia based musicians happened to cross paths. Danny Reyes and Alex McCallum had played together previously in the pop-rock band Gillsand Wings. After the band's breakup they decided to keep writing songs together as an acoustic songwriting team. Meanwhile, in the practice space across the hall, Joel Hollister and Clark Fraley were working on a metal-based style with loud, heavily distorted guitars and pounding double bass drum. Todd Matthews was finishing up a concept album of multi-layered tracks using only his upright bass. These three groups were producing vastly different types of music, but once they all got together in the spring 2011, they knew they had something special. My Darling Fury has since been writing and rehearsing together in the basement of an old elementary school, now converted to art studios. They wrapped up recording and mixing their debut LP Licking Wounds at the end of this summer and have just premiered their debut track, "Blots in the Margins," on The Vinyl District. The group also recently wrapped up a handful of dates with Kishi Bashi on the East Coast.
Musically, their sound is noted for its contrast of dreamy soundscapes and post-rock passages. The vocal melodic phrases are long and wide-ranging, placing a strong emphasis on evocative lyrics with a broad emotional span. The use of bowed double bass with effects adds a haunting and sometimes psychedelic quality. Two guitarists juxtapose acoustic and electric guitars and also employ creative sound effects, both on guitar and synthesizer. On the drums, mallets on the toms are often used to create a rumbling feel, and inspiration for grooves range from hip hop to classic rock. Although the group approaches their music from a meticulous and artistic viewpoint, they aim to produce accessible and thoughtful pop-rock songs.
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