Deadbeat Darling

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Deadbeat Darling
Origin Brooklyn, New York, USA
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 2006–Present
Labels Deadbeat Records
Spearhavoc Records
Members Joseph King
Ian Everall
Evan Howard
Mohit Bhansali
Past members Sanjay Jain
Alex Wong

Deadbeat Darling is a four-piece rock band which formed in New York City in 2006. The band's sound is a blend of several musical genres, including rock, surf, reggae, dub and trip hop. They have released one EP and two full-length albums. Their latest effort, The Angel's Share, recorded with Grammy award winning producer Ken Nelson, was released by Speahavoc Records on April 2, 2012.

Band History[edit]

In October 2005 Joseph King's previous band Canvas played their last show. He promptly moved from Austin, Texas to New York City where he continued to write new songs and play solo gigs around the city. By 2006 King had sculpted a new sound and creative direction, and began playing out with Alex Wong on drums and Sanjay Jain on bass. Billing themselves as "The Joseph King Trio", the band quickly built a strong fanbase in New York and the East Coast as well as periodically playing shows in King's native state of Texas. As the band's popularity grew, they played concerts as far away as California and England. In early 2007 the band added a fourth member - Mohit Bhansali on lead guitar. After discussing several band names, the group settled on the name "Deadbeat Darling" which is a lyric from the song "Lover Says it's Late", one of the first songs King wrote upon his arrival in New York. Deadbeat Darling recorded their debut EP Belle Epoch with producer Chris Coady and released it on September 22, 2007.

In the Fall of 2008, Deadbeat Darling began work on a full-length album, which was recorded over several months and in various bizarre locations throughout New York City. They mixed the album in Austin, Texas, with veteran producer Lars Göransson, and in January 2009 mastered with Fred Kevorkian in Manhattan. They released their debut LP, titled Weight of Wandering, in June 2009. The release was celebrated with a sold-out show at New York City's esteemed Bowery Ballroom, and a release show at Antone's in Austin, Texas with Alpha Rev and Quiet Company. The band's tour to support the album included several dates opening for Blue October.

In September 2009 original drummer Alex Wong left the band to pursue his project The Paper Raincoat with longtime collaborator Amber Rubarth, and was replaced by drummer Evan Howard. After selling out several venues in NYC including the Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge, in May 2010 the band made their first trip to the West Coast, playing the Viper Room and Hotel Utah, and later made their London debut in October of the same year, playing Cobden Club and SoHo House's Wired Showcase. BlackBook Magazine also named Deadbeat Darling one of the Best Bands of CMJ 2010.[1] In March 2011 original bassist Sanjay Jain left the band and was replaced by Ian Everall.

In March 2011 Deadbeat Darling signed with London-based record label Spearhavoc Records and soon inked a management deal with William Morris Endeavor UK. The band recorded their next record, The Angel's Share, at Monnow Valley Studio in Wales with Grammy award winning producer Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Gomez, The Charlatans) and Grammy award winning mixer Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse, My Bloody Valentine) in May 2011, and released the album in April 2012.[2] After the Angel's Share tour, the band went on hiatus, and Joseph recorded a solo album in 2013.


  • Joseph King - guitar, lead vocals
  • Mohit Bhansali - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Evan Howard - drums, percussion, effects
  • Ian Everall - bass


Radio Play[edit]

KLBJ-FM—Austin, TX
WXPK—White Plains, NY
KKSM—San Marcos, CA
Radio Caroline—London, UK
XFM—London, UK
WNTI—Hackettstown, NJ WSBF—Clemson, SC

WWVU-Morgantown, WV


Necessary Roughness Episode 214 "Fall Guy" - Loaded Game of Chance
The Real World: Las Vegas Episode 2506 - Picture Perfect World
The Jersey Shore Episode 2.9 "The Dirty Pad" - Without a Trace, Portrait of an Era
Keeping Up with the Kardashians Episode 5.11 - Picture Perfect World
The Spin Crowd - Portrait of an Era
The X-Life - Episode 2 - "It's My World, You Just Live in It" - Bedroom Ceiling
The Jersey Shore - Episode 2.6 "Where's the Beach?" - Brilliant Broken Glow
I Used to be Fat - Without a Trace
My Big Friggin' Wedding - Picture Perfect World
Made in Chelsea - Season 3 Episode 3 - Promises
Emmerdale - July 17, 2012 - Surf India
Hollyoaks - January 26, 2012 - Promises
Sky Sports - Still Standing


CMJ 2012
South by Southwest 2012
Heart of Texas Rockfest 2012
CMJ 2011
Monmouth Festival, Monmouth, Wales 2011
South by Southwest 2011
Heart of Texas Rockfest 2011
CMJ 2010
South by Southwest 2010
Heart of Texas Rockfest 2010
CMJ 2009
South by Southwest 2009
CMJ 2008


  • February/March 2013 - California Tour
  • Summer 2012 - Dead of Summer Tour with Girl in a Coma
  • Spring 2012 - South by Southwest Tour
  • February 2012 - UK Tour
  • Summer 2011 - Dead of Summer Tour
  • May 2010 - East vs. West Tour with The Tender Box
  • October 2010 - UK Tour
  • Summer 2009 - Support for Blue October
  • Summer 2008 - Goodnight Summer Tour with Deep Ella and Johnny Goudie
  • May 2008 - Liars and Saints Tour with Johnny Goudie and Alpha Rev

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Matthew Shepatin (2010-10-26). "Exclusive: The 28 Best Bands of CMJ, Gallery & Interviews". Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. 
  2. ^ Hector Saldaña (2012-07-31). "Deadbeat Darling gets help from 'Angel's'".