It has been a minute since Those Darlins played a show in Murfreesboro, but on Friday, the Southern girls, rock ‘n’ roll camp-bred group graced the stage at Gilligan’s for a long-awaited return.
The Darlins have come a long way since their early days of playing a regular stint at B. McNeels.
Since then, they have played several festivals including Bonnaroo, Austin, Texas’s South by Southwest and opened in support of Black Keys front man Dan Auerbach, all while releasing two full-length albums.
With all the transition happening in a mere span of half a decade, the roots and rockabilly beginnings have been shed into more of a garage rock ‘n’ roll sound that is evident on their sophomore release Screws Get Loose.
Keeping that in mind, the night was set for a premiere rock show on this occasion.
But if you didn’t get word from a friend or hear about the show through some chatter on Facebook, then chances are you weren’t one of the 100 or so people in attendance.
Taking the stage minutes before the midnight hour, Nikki, Jessi and Kelley soon made you forget about what else might be going on around you.
Opening with “Be Your Bro,” their vibrant energy permeated through the crowd as they rolled through several titles from Screws Get Loose including “Mystic Mind,” “Waste Away,” and the title cut.
With Jessi maintaining the vocals for the majority of the night, she swayed control to Kelley for “Boy” and Nikki who covered “Shakin’ All Over.”
Playing a set that was slightly over an hour, the ladies closed with the commercial-worn “Red Light Love” and “Funstix Party.”
With songs about boys and life on the road, the group’s subject matter is well in tact, and they provide a feisty live show that should make any music fan mark their calendar the next time they perform in town.