Album review: Danny & the Darleans, “Bug Out”

by Jon E. Lynch

Danny & the Darleans, “Bug Out”

Available: Now, via In The Red Records on compact disc and on standard black vinyl as well as in limited quantities of an undisclosed colored vinyl that, as always, according to the good folks at the label, is “first come, first served. No guarantees.”

As we come near the close of 2016, record releases are slowing down for the holidays as is customary. Fret not, as there are plenty of late fall/early winter releases to pore over. I recently received a package from the always amazing, boundary pushing In The Red, one of the more consistent labels releasing records in the realm and tangents of the punk/garage/etcetera world. This last package of the year contained a trio of records from beloved Detroit artists and bands worth your time: Tyvek, The Intended, and Danny & the Darleans.

The Danny in Danny & the Darleans is none other than Danny Kroha, one-third of seminal garage rockers The Gories. For many, that alone is worth shelling out your hard earned cash for “Bug Out.” Danny is joined by Richie Wohlfeil (Mother Whale, Saturday Looks Good to Me, and a slew of other Michigan acts) and Colleen Burke (former keyboardist for Chicago art-punks We Ragazzi!), rounding out a trio of veteran noise makers. While they are in no way rewriting garage rock, the band has released a collection of songs “not overly retro-fitting … the vintage mics and analog recording suits the songs perfectly … makes the record fun, exciting, and lively even in its darkest moments.”

Recommended for fans of The Gories, King Khan & BBQ Show, Sonics, The Dirtbombs, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion or The Detroit Cobras.

Jon E. Lynch[email protected]


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