Darlings of Chelsea/ Toronto-based rock band comes to Barrie

The Darlings of Chelsea launch a new chapter in Canadian rock 'n' roll with a cross-country tour that starts in Simcoe County. The Toronto-based band's first tour gig is in Orangeville, Friday, before hitting Barrie, Saturday.

The four piece group has only been together since 2009 yet has made significant inroads into the music scene well beyond this country. Their raucous shows and EP album resulted in tours of Spain and Ireland and landed them a spot in the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Closer to home, they've played the CMW and NXNE.

The members of DOC -- Robby Ruckus, vocals and bass, Jay Millette, guitar, Paul Thompson, lead vocals and guitar and Chris Nova, vocals and drums -- all come out of Canadian mainstay bands and all have performed together in one way or another over the past 10 years. It was just a matter of time before they came together in one group.

One night, over a discussion lamenting the lack of really good rock bands, they decided to do something about it. As Thompson says, it made sense to play together.

"There's a void in rock music and (we'll fill it)," he added.

Their debut independent release (EP) The Mimico Sessions showcased the range of influences of all four songwriters, a who's who of rock 'n' roll complete with driving rhythms, raunchy guitars and catchy melodies -- the edge and character of the underground rock scene with a mainstream twist. With the new release, Panic is Worse than the Emergency, just about anything goes -- from bad dreams to broken hearts. Solid rock and roll through and through.

Catch the Darlings of Chelsea at the Operation Northwoods, with Devin & the Dark Light, Friday in Orangeville, or Saturday in downtown Barrie at The Foxx Lounge.

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