30 Seconds: Darling Boy

Meet Darling BOY - ‘The World's Greatest Modern Musical Punk Polymath That No-One's Ever Bloody Heard Of.’

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 12 Oct 2012
  • min read
Darling BOY describes himself as The World's Greatest Modern Musical Punk Polymath That No-One's Ever Bloody Heard Of. Yet! 

After previously toiling with The Wutars and performing with punk legends such as Duncan Reid and Spizz Energi, he’s back in a new guise and with a new band.

XTC’s Andy Partridge and Glen Matlock from the Sex Pistols are all supposed to be fans of this self-confessed punk’s energetic, guitar-based antics. M spoke to him as he prepares for his show at London’s 100 Club on 16 October.

How long have you been making music?

Since I was 11. I formed a rap band in primary school, inspired by East 17 and the Outhere Brothers. We absolutely smashed my little sister's birthday party at Tanworth-in-Arden village hall. Nick Drake? Whatevs.

What inspired your new album/songs?

I feel really strongly about rhythm - it's the centrifugal force that controls melody, mood, phonetics and everything else. When I'm writing I look for the pulse first, then everything tends to fall around that. I think that it helps me to tune in to whatever it is I want to say a little better, sensitises me a bit more.My first instrument was the drums, and I think that drumming still massively informs my general way of thinking. I tend to dribble, and walk with my knuckles scraping against the floor, for example. Lyrically, I guess I try to steer clear of self pity and too much woe, and instead look for the way out. I'm an optimistic realist - a drummer who loves writing and playing different instruments of all persuasions but realises he will always be a drummer.

What process do you go through to create your music?

I don't, really. It just arrives, like any kind of thought. My thoughts just happen to have amazing choruses.

How would you describe your sound?

Heavy pop.

What would your dream collaboration be?

There's a new band around called COVES. They're really, really good. I've been a huge fan of John Ridgard, who plays guitar and writes the music, since forever and I would love to work with him.

Where can we catch you performing next?

The 100 Club on Oxford Street, on Tuesday 16 October. I'm bringing out a new band for the occasion, and then playing guitar and keys for punk legend Duncan Reid afterwards.