Watch and listen:
"The Darts 'Take What I Need.' Very cool." - Stephen King, author
"The Coolest Song In The World ['Take What I Need]" - SiriusXM's The Underground Garage
"Visceral, unhinged..One of my favorite tracks of the year." - Phoenix New Times
"A raucous first EP." - Arizona Republic
"The best new band I have seen in quite awhile." - DJ John Carlucci, SiriusXM's The Underground Garage
"Catch them on their way UP." - Valley Bar (Phoenix)
"A knock-out punch." - Rich's Rants n Raves (Las Vegas)
"The best girl band in the universe." - Blog Da Buzzo (Brazil)
"Exciting, dark..A sweltering sound that consumes all of your garage rock desires." - Java Magazine
"Oh yeah, Nicole Laurenne does it again!" - Genya Ravan, Chicks and Broads syndic. radio show
Best 50 Singles By Phoenix Bands 2016 - Phoenix New Times
Michelle Balderrama: guitar, vocals
Nicole Laurenne: organ, vocals
Christina Nunez: bass, vocals
Rikki Styxx: drums, vocals
THE DARTS (US) are an all-grrrrl garage-psych-rock supergroup featuring Nicole Laurenne (The Love Me Nots, Motobunny, Zero Zero), Rikki Styxx (The Two Tens, The Dollyrots, Thee Outta Sites), Christina Nunez (The Love Me Nots, Casual Encounters, The Madcaps), and Michelle Balderrama (Brainspoon).
The band formed in early 2016 when, after watching each other’s bands from the sidelines for years, Nicole and Michelle realized there was no good reason why they shouldn’t just start writing songs together already. With six songs ready, Rikki and Michelle recorded their tracks in Los Angeles and then Nicole and Christina tracked their parts in Phoenix. Arizona producer Bob Hoag then masterfully stirred the mess together over a piping hot console. The results are two smoking 10” vinyl EPs full of garage riffs, girl-group harmonies, fuzz bass, farfisa organ, badass drum fills, and all-around lo-fi-turned-hi-fi goodness.
Soon after their October 2016 release, the singles “Running Through Your Lies” and “Revolution” enjoyed instant radio airplay and “Take What I Need” was selected by Sirius/XM’s Underground Garage channel as “The Coolest Song In The World.” The band played its first live show in October, 2016, and signed with London’s Dirty Water Records shortly thereafter.
The Darts will tour across the southern US in January 2017 with Oakland’s all-girl rock duo Steel Cranes, and then… The Darts will invade Europe on tour in May 2017.