Darlings of Chelsea

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Darlings of Chelsea
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Punk rock
Years active 2008 – Present
Labels North Ruckus
Associated acts The Black Halos
Robin Black
Kill Cheerleader
Website darlingsofchelsea.net
Members Jay Millette
Chris Nova
Robby Ruckus
Paul Thompson
Past members Sean Robertson

The Darlings of Chelsea are a Canadian punk rock band formed in 2008[1] in Toronto. The band toured Ireland in 2009 as part of Canadian Music Week.[2]


The band's name is credited to Englishman Sean Robertson. The band thought it would be good to have a British flair to their name[3] and hence Chelsea. The Darlings of Chelsea sound has been compared to The Rolling Stones,[4][5] The Hellacopters[4][5] and Led Zeppelin.[5] Often referred to as veterans of the Canadian punk/rock scene,[6] their members have played in other bands: The Black Halos[3][7] (Jay Millette), Robin Black[3][7] (Robby Ruckus), Kill Cheerleader[8] (Chris "Jimmy" Nova), Scratching Post (band), The Parkas,[7] and CJ Sleez.[9] Their debut EP The Mimico Sessions, was released domestically on North Ruckus[10] and in the US on distributor Ribotto[11] June 26, 2009. It was named "Top 5 Album of the Year" and "Best New Band of 2009" by Mass Movement Magazine.[12]

The Darlings of Chelsea's first full-length album Panic is Worse than the Emergency was released September 13, 2011 on label North Ruckus.[13]

The band has received radio play on campus radio stations across Canada.[14]


  • Paul Thompson - Guitar and Lead Vocals
  • Jay Millette - Guitar
  • Robby Ruckus - Bass guitar
  • Chris Nova - Drums


  • The Mimico Sessions EP (Independent/North Ruckus) - June 26, 2009
  • Panic is Worse than the Emergency (Independent/North Ruckus) - September 13, 2011

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  1. ^ "Darlings of Chelsea Artist Page". radio3.cbc.ca. CBC Radio 3. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Indie Week Is Looking For A Band To Take To Ireland". mi2n.com. MusicDish LLC. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Essner, Matt (17 February 2010). "Darlings of Chelsea Interview: SXSW 2010". spinner.ca. Spinner. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Carman, Keith (August 2009). "Reviews » Punk » Aug 2009 » Darlings Of Chelsea The Mimico Sessions". Exclaim!. Toronto: 1059434 Ontario Inc. exclaim.ca. ISSN 1207-6600. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c admin (3 March 2010). "DARLINGS OF CHELSEA, CINCO FECHAS ESPAÑOLAS EN ABRIL" [DARLINGS OF CHELSEA, FIVE SPANISH DATES IN APRIL]. gacetacartagonova.com (in Spanish). Radio Cartagena – Gaceta FM. Archived from the original on 2010-03-05. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Darlings of Chelsea - The Mimico Sessions review - Fazer Online Magazine Archived July 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ a b c Coutts, Anna; Mastronardi, Lori; Wong, Brian (December 2010). "Entertainment > Music » Old punker shifts gears with new band » CLUB SCENE". London Free Press. London, Ontario: Quebecor (Sun Media). lfpress.com. ISSN 0839-0738. OCLC 607455238. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Indie Week Canada 2010 » May 22, 2010 » Darlings of Chelsea - Indie Week CANADA 2009 Winners". indieweek.com. Toronto: indieweek.com. Archived from the original on 2011-05-10. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Carman, Keith (18 June 2009). "Darlings Of Chelsea Honour Classic Rawk". Chart. Toronto: Chart Communications. chartattack.com. ISSN 1198-7235. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  10. ^ ""The Mimico sessions" (sound recording) / Darlings of Chelsea", Collections Canada, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, AMICUS No. 35027515, retrieved 8 January 2012 
  11. ^ "Darlings of Chelsea » The Mimico Sessions". allmusic.com. Allmusic. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Darlings Of Chelsea - The Mimico Sessions CD". massmovement.co.uk. WordPress. Mass Movement Magazine. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  13. ^ ""Panic is worse than the emergency" (sound recording) / Darlings of Chelsea", Collections Canada, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, AMICUS No. 39843844, retrieved 8 January 2012 
  14. ^ Thyvold, Magnus (October 2011). "!earshot charts - october 2011 - top 200". !Earshot Magazine. Montréal; Vancouver: National Campus and Community Radio Association. earshot-online.com. OCLC 71321603. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 

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