Those Darlins, 'Screws Get Loose' (Oh Wow Dang)

Screws Get Loose
Critical Mass
Release Date: March 29, 2011
Label: Oh Wow Dang

by Peter S. Scholtes

The bad-gal routine of this Tennessee trio's debut was shtick, but the sound never was: punky vocals sung in twangy unison, lit up by bright harmonies. And here, Those Darlins open up their sound even more -- to '60s girl groups, surf-punk guitar, and song structures that imagine the Quarrymen wanting to be Patsy Cline instead of Buddy Holly. Jessi Darlin flexes her flat growl, and on "Be Your Bro," she asserts with a Jaggery edge, "I may have girlie parts / But I got a boyish heart."

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