Duke and The Darlings at The Black Horse

Manchester alternative pop charmers Duke and the Darlings make their York bow at The Black Horse, Monkgate, supporting York duo Broken Skulls on Saturday 6 February.

DATD will be playing their forthcoming double A-side singles, Days of Wonder and The Click, recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. The singles are to be released in April.

Days of Wonder is an anthem for the 99%; a sugar-coated pill of a song concerning the bitter wealth gap in the UK.The Click sees songwriter Alex reflect on broken promises to himself over DATD’s most spacious and emotionally-charged song to date. Both songs indicate that DATD are pushing themselves forward, and they are dragging the nature of pop with them, challenging what it is to be a guitar-driven band.

ilovemanchester.com said of them: “the record companies are missing out here. They should be banging the door down – they are just that good.”

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On their visit to York they will be supporting local duo Broken Skulls. Although their setup mirrors The White Stripes, the gritty voice of front man Elliot Sawyer is reminiscent of Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon. The result is thrashing rock that moves from upbeat indie to heavy blues via an 80s’ movie soundtrack. Set highlights include the epic Thunder and the belting lament Down and Out.

Doors are 7pm and entry is free.

Broken Skulls and Duke and the Darlings will play at The Black Horse on Saturday 6 February 2016, doors 7pm.