Darlings of Chelsea

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Darlings of Chelsea
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresPunk rock
Years active2008 – Present
LabelsNorth Ruckus
Associated actsThe Black Halos
Robin Black
Kill Cheerleader
MembersJay Millette
Chris Nova
Robby Ruckus
Paul Thompson
Past membersSean 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. Archived from the original on 2 December 2005. 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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