The Darters – “Domestic Affairs”


Exuding a memorable rock sound, “Domestic Affairs” is a new single from The Darters, a band based in Madrid, Spain — and originally formed in Joplin, Missouri. They maintain their Midwestern roots within a range of distortion-friendly and twangy alternative and rock, evident on “Domestic Affairs,” which represents their first single in nearly two years and precedes their debut LP.

The project is fronted by lyricist/vocalist/producer Brooks Neria, who embraces a nomadic lifestyle and often utilizes his travels as inspiration for songwriting. “Domestic Affairs” pursues an apt thematic focus in that regard, channeling the momentum of one’s departure from a hometown they once adored, though have since outgrown. Twangy guitar progressions complement vocals that admit to new groups downtown. “Both of them are starting to freak you out,” signals the beginning of a move and launch into personal growth — as the distortion-laden chorus invigorates with a sound that’s parts Weezer and Pavement. “Domestic Affairs” is a strong output from The Darters.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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