Those Darlins

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Those Darlins
Those Darlins.jpg
L to R: Linwood Regensburg, Jessi Zazu, Nikki Kvarnes
Background information
OriginNashville, Tennessee, USA
GenresRock and roll, garage rock, country
Years active2006–2016
LabelsOh Wow Dang
Associated actsFunstix, Heavy Cream, JEFF the Brotherhood
Past membersKelley Anderson
Adrian Barrera
Jessi Zazu
Nikki Kvarnes
Linwood Regensburg

Those Darlins was a rock and roll band from Nashville, Tennessee active between 2006 and 2016. The group has released three albums, their alt-country-leaning self-titled debut Those Darlins in 2009, the garage rock influenced Screws Get Loose in 2011, and the more classic rock and roll Blur the Line in 2013. The band also owns and operates its own record label, Oh Wow Dang Records.

The band entered into a hiatus in 2016.

Lead singer Jessi Zazu died from cancer on September 12, 2017.[1]



Those Darlins performing in San Diego in 2014

Jessi Zazu, Nikki Kvarnes, and Kelley Anderson formed Those Darlins after meeting at the Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.[2]

They began by covering Carter Family songs[3] and employed traditional southern instrumentation, including washboard and clogging, as well as less traditional instruments like the baritone ukulele.[4] The three adopted the stage name Darlin, a practice that continued until Anderson's departure in 2012.

They released their first single, "Wild One" in 2008 and received coverage from Pitchfork Media among others.[5] Soon after, Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys asked the band to open on his US Solo Tour, further raising the band's profile.[6]

Those Darlins (self-titled)[edit]

The band entered the studio with Jeff Curtin of Small Black (who had worked previously on Vampire Weekend's self-titled album) to record their debut.[7] The album mixes the Appalachian and alt-country sounds they were known for with rockabilly and rock and roll sensibilities.[8] The first single from the album, "Red Light Love", would be used in a national commercial for the Kia Sorento.[9]

In support of their self-titled album, the band toured alongside a number of more rock acts, such as Dr. Dog, The Features, The King Khan & BBQ Show and JEFF the Brotherhood.[10]

Screws Get Loose[edit]

After touring together behind their debut album, the band asked long-time drummer Linwood Regensburg to join the band as an official member and songwriting partner.[11] The four-piece went into the studio in 2011 to record their follow-up album, again with Jeff Curtin producing, but this time engineered by Ed Rawls, known for his work with garage rock-leaning Atlanta bands such as Black Lips and early Deerhunter.[12]

With these influences, the band's sophomore record Screws Get Loose adopted a more aggressive garage rock sound which Robert Christgau of NPR and Village Voice called "hooky, saucy, punky songwriting in a mood somewhere between Be Your Own Pet and The Donnas, only savvier".[13] In support of the album, the band released music videos for singles "Screws Get Loose"[14] and "Be Your Bro".[15] The band toured alongside Best Coast, Drive-By Truckers and Old 97's in the US[16] and went on their first European Tour in early 2012.[17]

Departure of Kelley Anderson[edit]

In February 2012, Those Darlins announced that founding member Kelley Anderson would be leaving the band to "pursue other musical projects and professional ventures."[18] She would eventually be replaced by bassist Adrian Barrera, who had toured with the band previously while a member of Gentlemen Jesse & His Men.[19][20]

Blur the Line[edit]

In early 2013, Those Darlins returned to the studio to work on their third album, this time recording in their hometown of Nashville with producer Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, John Cale, JEFF the Brotherhood). Before officially announcing the album, the band hung up a banner of the cover art, which features the nude legs and torsos of the four members of the band, in front of Nashville record store Grimey's New & Preloved Music. Local Fox News affiliate WZTV ran a story on the banner,[21] which caused controversy among those concerned with the display of the image on a well-trafficked street.[22] The band took credit for the image but claimed that the controversy it sparked was unintentional.

Soon after, Paste magazine announced that band's third album, Blur the Line, would be released on October 1,[23] and shared videos for the first two singles, "Oh God"[24] and "Optimist".[25] SPIN called Blur the Line "tough and seductive"[26] while Blurt said that "songwriting/arranging this masterful elevates Blur the Line to modern-classic status".[27]


On December 9, 2015, the band announced, via its Facebook page, that it was going on hiatus. "We're here to deliver some unfortunate news... Those Darlins will be taking an indefinite hiatus effective after our final tour in January. We've had a really great run together, but the time has come for us to move in different directions. We really appreciate all the love and support from our friends, fans, and family over the years."[28] On March 17, 2016, Those Darlins played their last show ever at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn. [29]

Frontwoman Jessi Zazu died of cervical cancer on September 12, 2017. She was 28 years old.[1]


Oh Wow Dang Records released all of the recordings listed below, but has released no other recordings by anyone else.[30]


  • Those Darlins (2009)[31]
  • Screws Get Loose (2011)[32]
  • Blur the Line (2013)[33]



  • "Wild One" b/w "Drivin' Nails in My Coffin" (2008)[34]
  • "Nightjogger" b/w "Funstix Party" (2010)
  • "Be Your Bro" b/w "Let U Down" (2011)[35]
  • "Screws Get Loose (extended version)" b/w "Prank Call" (2011)[36]
  • "Mystic Mind" b/w "Pet You and Hold You" (2012)[37]
  • "Summer's Dead" b/w "Prison Shanks" (split 7" with Heavy Cream) (2012)[38]
  • "In the Wilderness (radio edit)" b/w "Blur the Line" (2013)


  1. ^ a b Strauss, Matthew (September 13, 2017). "Those Darlins' Jessi Zazu Dead at 28". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "21 – Those Darlins". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  3. ^ Shapiro, Benjamin (2011-04-17). "The Carter Family Derides Marriage And Ups The Single Ladies". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  4. ^ "Those Darlins - Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy". 2011-11-21. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  5. ^ "Tracks". 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  6. ^ "Introducing Those Darlins, touring w/ Dan Auerbach". 2008-12-06. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  7. ^ "Jeff Curtin Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  8. ^ Bonfiglio, Jeremy D. (2015-04-26). "Record Review - Those Darlins - Those Darlins (self titled debut) Oh Wow Dang Records". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  9. ^ "Those Darlins' 'Red Light Love' fuels new Kia TV spot | Music | The Tennessean". 2011-06-20. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  10. ^ "Those Darlins". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  11. ^ Schultz, Ben. "Tennessee Band Those Darlins Have a Few Loose Screws | The family that isn't a family | Music". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  12. ^ "Ed Rawls Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  13. ^ "CG: those darlins". 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  14. ^ "Those Darlins - 'Screws Get Loose' (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO) HD". 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  15. ^ "Those Darlins - 'Be Your Bro' (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)". 2011-01-23. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  16. ^ "Those Darlins". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  17. ^ "UK: Screws Get Loose is out today & European Tour Dates". Those Darlins. 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  18. ^ "Announce The Departure Of Kelley Anderson // Recording Upcoming Ep With Scott Litt". Those Darlins. 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  19. ^ Moore, Bobby (2013-04-01). "Adrian Barrera joins Those Darlins | Atlanta Music Blog | Atlanta Concerts & Shows | Crib Notes | Creative Loafing Atlanta". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  20. ^ Vrabel, Ani. "Those Darlins, Strange Boys, Gentleman Jesse Announce Tour :: Blogs :: :: Paste". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  21. ^ "Mystery banner at Grimey's causes Fox News to warn". 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  22. ^ "Timeline Photos - WZTV FOX 17 News, Nashville". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  23. ^ Hurston, Benjamin. "Those Darlins Announce Third Album, Blur The Line :: Music :: News :: Paste". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  24. ^ "Those Darlins - OH GOD (Official Video)". 2013-07-31. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  25. ^ "Those Darlins - Optimist". 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  26. ^ Weiss, Dan (2013-09-24). "Stream Those Darlins' Tough and Seductive 'Blur the Line'". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  27. ^ Mills, Fred (2013-10-01). "THOSE DARLINS – Blur The Line - Blurt Magazine". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  28. ^ "Those Darlins Facebook Page". 18 December 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  29. ^ Isenhart, Olivia (2016-03-21). "Those Darlins Nail Their Last Show Ever at Baby's All Right". Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  30. ^ "Oh Wow Dang Records". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-09-17.
  31. ^ "Those Darlins: Those Darlins: Music". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  32. ^ "Those Darlins: Screws Get Loose: Music". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  33. ^ "Those Darlins: Blur the Line: Music". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  34. ^ a b [1], Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  35. ^ "Those Darlins: Be Your Bro: Music". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  36. ^ "Those Darlins: Screws Get Loose / Prank Call: Music". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  37. ^ "Those Darlins: Songs, Albums, Pictures, Bios". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  38. ^ "Summer's Dead: Those Darlins: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2015-05-05.

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