It’s hard not to love Darla. We’ve watched the 8-piece progressive funk group grow as musicians and people from their raucous basement beginnings back in 2014. Along the way, they’ve never lost any of their signature, contagious charm. Their latest record, Darla Rolls The Dice!, is the perfect example. From the increased complexity of the overall arrangements to the fine-tuned nuances of each instrument’s allotted solo, Darla is connecting as a group on a deeper level. Experimenting with textures and layering in new ways under the careful production of Phil Nicolo, this record is the most accurate to date in capturing the dynamics at play during the group’s high-energy live performances. No matter how many times you hear them or see them, Darla has a way of always leaving you with a warm and welcoming feeling of funky satisfaction.
We couldn’t make it out to their recent record release show at Boot & Saddle with Roz and the Rice Cakes and Nik Greeley & The Operators but didn’t want to miss out on all the fun. So, the boys and their friends snapped us some pictures on disposable cameras that show just what a party it was. The famous hat tree, Kosta as a preacher, and some giggly group shots all were caught on fuzzy film over the course of the evening. To complete the full experience of an evening with Darla, they made us a playlist of old grooves, scream-a-long classics, and fresh, funky new jams that they love. Have a look above and listen below. The combination, just like the band, is sure to put a smile on your face.