NICE THINGS OTHER PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT US
The Nova Darlings are a self-professed 'band of sweaty [friends] from Los Angeles.' They are also music students at USC, doing their best to sound not-so-collegiate on their EP “Songs for Felix,” self-released in November. Not that [they] dumb things down at all: Their five-song debut, a melange of loud/soft indie-rock, punk and Americana, reveals sophisticated songwriting and sharp-witted lyrics, delivered at times with angsty ferocity . . . 'Styrofoam,' with its spoken-word verses, works as kind of a dual metaphor — a statement about plastic people and memories that won’t go away: 'I just hope we’re still around to to talk to our kids about Jesus and plastic CD cases,' Carroll confesses. The EP ends with “I Wake Up,” reminiscent of indie-rockers like Canadian luminaries the Weakerthans, and “Everything Is Temporary” continues the Nova Darlings’ theme of permanence. “It’s just a matter of time / until everything turns to dust,” Carroll sings. Except maybe Styrofoam and CD jewel cases.
-KEVIN BRONSON, BUZZ BANDS LA