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Hear Those Darlins’ Canadian-American Murder Ballad ‘Summer’s Dead’

Those Darlins / Photo by Veto & Theo

In a few weeks, Those Darlins will embark on what they’ve lovingly named the “Summer’s Dead Tour,” a three-week trek across North America alongside fellow Nashvillian punks Heavy Cream that takes its name from a song the threesome recently wrote and recorded for a split 7″ single with said tourmates, to be pressed by their respective labels (Oh Wow Dang and Infinity Cat) and sold on said tour. (The B-Side, Heavy Cream’s “Prison Shanks,” was produced by San Franciscan garage-punk cyclone Ty Segall). But “Summer’s Dead,” a song they’re calling their “spin on the Canadian-American murder ballad,” was inspired by a “a chef-cum-seductor-cum-body dissector who stayed at the Royal Albert Arms Hotel in Winnipeg,” a venue the band recently played with King Khan. “We were playing the club on the first floor and the hotel above, which would land somewhere between Bates and Altamont, was currently abandoned,” they explain, vie e-mail. “Khan, who was obsessed with the story at the time, dragged us up to the murder room. The place had been wiped clean of all the blood of course, but it was still terrifying to stand in there knowing the bizarre shit that went down.” Hear it exclusively below.


Those Darlins Tour Dates:
October 6 – Dallas, TX @ Bryan Street Tavern’s Anniversary %
October 7 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk:Indoors^

“Summer’s Dead Tour” Dates:
October 25 – Washington, DC @ DC9*
October 26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery*
October 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s*#
October 28 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott*
October 30 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison*
October 31 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern*@
November 1 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s Tavern*
November 2 – Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College: Gardner Lounge*
November 3 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry*
November 6 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset*
November 7 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios*
November 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Shop*+
November 10 – West Hollywood, CA @ Troubador*+
November 11 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Shop*
November 13 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge*
November 15 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway*

* w/ Heavy Cream
^ w/Bobby Jealousy
# w/Slutever
@ w/The Very Knees
+ w/Pangea
% w/Turbo Fruits, White Mystery, and Royal Bangs