Written by: Hadley Roebuck
Four-piece ‘mobile rock unit’ Darling Waste hail from Cleveland, Ohio and have been working hard chasing the dream for the past seven years. In this time, they have built a very loyal unit of fans from all over the world and have sold close to 11,000 records, and all this has been done without a record label. It certainly goes to show that hard work really does pay off. The band bring their latest effort to the table, in the shape of The Skeleton Key which will be released on August 11th.
The album opens with “Preludes and Nocturnes.” The track sets the tone and scene perfectly for what lays in wait. It’s eerie, seductive, and serene as it creeps up behind you. “Sing Along Time” is a fast-paced number traveling through time with standout vocals and intricate layers; which, peel off layer by layer. A haunting piano in the background and hints of darkness flicker through the clouds as they begin to appear.
“I am the Villain” is a change of tempo with infectious sounds and anthemic tones. A track which will draw people in effortlessly, and will have you singing along. It’s powerful, full throttle, and gives all its got. “How to Avoid Large Ships” sails in with memories that will never fade, with its tale of a relationship hitting the breaking point and not being able to move on; a track which will resonate with so many listeners.
“Hurt Before” appears beautifully while expressing its raw emotion. Stef Huska’s vocals compliment the track perfectly as it expresses an innocence to last a lifetime. “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” is an upbeat, lighthearted, sounds of Summer track. It’s carefree, no worries approach radiates and will have you hitting the play button in no time.
“Grand Guignol” weaves in dramatically and spins around, as its tempo builds. A nice Little Rock number, which will seek its teeth in and leave its mark. “Hearts & Daggers” will make you fall in love after its first chord. It’s a captivating track and it replicates the feelings of falling in love for the first time. A track to make you smile with its upbeat, innocent, and romantic qualities.
“Shattered/Divine” is full of emotions, its raw as you try to grasp and hold on, but you have to let go. “Shattered/Divine” is a loved one’s swan song and a beautifully stunning piece which calls out to your soul, while it pulls at the heart strings. “Dead at 27” kicks in at full power, rages forward, and pushes you back with force. It holds its tempo throughout and doesn’t have any intention of backing down. A Punk Rock track at its best.
“Same Old Song” is a slower, haunting track, and is evoking and pure to its core. It entwines around you as it moves seductively. “Etheric Revenants” brings The Skeleton Key to its end, in a spooky, serene, and eerie manner. The paranormal voice from beyond tells its story, tempting you into the darkness, as door 13 is waiting to be opened. You immediately feel drawn to it and before you know it, the door slams shut as you face the abyss.
Darling Waste deliver a very real album, which every listener will relate to in some way or another and it’s true to its core, you won’t be able deny it and will be begging for more by the time, the door closes shut.