But there’s something else as well. An “Ingredient X” that helps them to float in this very full genre-pond. Maybe the roots are in their glorious cross of cultures, stretching across the Americas and taking in Scandinavia too. Guitarist Ronny Dave and drummer Nico Castro are originally from Ecuador though had travelled to Mexico City and beyond before finding their way to Los Angeles. Here, they met L.A. bassist Joe Galate, and the quartet was completed by charismatic Finnish frontman Jani Jaakko — a glorious hybrid of the sexual punk energy of compatriot Michael Monroe and the bluesy swagger of Robert Plant.
Having formed in L.A. at the start of 2018, The Darbies wasted no time in setting about lighting musical fires around the city. They recorded a six-song EP, produced by manager Alex Kane (Enuff Z’nuff, Life Sex & Death, Starz, Shark Island, AntiProduct, etc), and have played on the same stage as the likes of LA Guns and The Warning at venues that include the Whisky A Go Go.