Thursday, February 18, 2016

One To Watch :: Dalaro

Words: Linn Branson

Dalaro have been around for a couple of years now, and although the Newcastle five-piece have steadily garnered some notable reviews, they are still to break into the mainstream. But hold onto your ears, that could just be about to change.

The band - who all met whilst studying at Newcastle College, and who take their name from a remote Swedish town where band member brothers Aidan and Paddy Soulsby's grandparents originate from -blend infectious indie/alt-rock grooves, as evidenced on first outings 'All I Need', 'Take My Heart' and ‘Empty Apartments’ from 2014, and last year's ‘Synthetic’.

On the back of Radio 1 airplay and supporting the likes of Young Kato, Coasts, Little Comets and Alt-J live - not to mention their music being heard on Hollyoaks - Dalaro now unveil their first single of 2016, 'Youth' - the first of a series of releases to come from the band over the spring and summer months.

Released on February 27 on iTunes, 'Youth' aptly fulfills the band's description of their sound as ‘musically expansive and lyrically euphoric" as the track opens on a pulsing beat that leads into three minutes of effervescent guitar hooks and sparkling synths that provide that upbeat, summery sound not too dissimilar from the late Viola Beach. It's a good track, and with some generous airplay and enough exposure could see this being Dalaro's breakthrough single.

Vocalist Connor Templeton tells Little Indie how the theme of the song is summed up in the title. "It's about the pressures of being young and all of the choices you have to make," he says. "How overwhelming everything can be at times, and how you break through it. We recorded this song in London and it was pretty much wrote in the studio, it was mid-June when we did it and was boiling so that definitely made us write a song with hot weather in mind!"

Dalaro are: Connor Templeton (vocals), Tyler Hails (guitar), Ollie Petrie (guitar), Aidan Soulsby (bass), Paddy Soulsby (drums).

Dalaro play ThinkTank?, Newcastle on February 28 supporting Fickle Friends. Look out for more live dates and festivals coming soon.

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