Darlingside has just returned from a very successful U.K. tour headlining at amazing venues such as Cambridge Folk Festival culminating at London’s Union Chapel. This tour puts a punctuation mark on an amazing run of success for this Massachusetts based band. The past year includes the release of the ground breaking “Birds Say” CD as well as the band being named Band of the Year at Folk Alliance. The success seems surreal to the very modest members of this quartet from Williams College.
We touch on topics such as his early training on violin in Kansas City and his start in an acapella band at Williams College.Following their graduations,the guys from Darlingside spent many years in a communal home in Hadley Massachusetts. We touch on these beginnings and discuss the songwriting process for the current band. They still create communally in a super collaborative way but don’t live together any longer. Darlingside will be appearing at this year’s Green River Festival for the third time. We reminisce about their local appearances and preview their plans to record a new record this Fall. Our conversation covers many issues including his Mother’s advice to him on success and his insights on recent songs on “Birds Say”.
Critical success for our “local heroes” is evidenced by the national press such as NPR Music which boasts their sound is, “exquisitely arranged, literary-minded, baroque folk-pop”. The Huffington Post claim,”Birds Say is a sonic gem to be envious of and is one of the great albums released this year.”
Included here is my conversation with Auyon. Included in the segment are two Darlingside tunes, The God of Loss as well as the band’s cover of the Smashing Pumpkin’s 1979: