The Nova Darlings are my latest obsession to satisfy my angsty needs. They have the clear, clean lyrics that ring inside you when you’re feeling a little hollow inside. A little reminder that there are other people out there, and they’re living and laughing and hurting like you are too. They recently released an EP, Ephemera, Etc., and it’s a masterpiece of suburban dissatisfaction. 



“A Terrible Film” is built around a driving beat and runs of muted guitar notes, alongside the cornerstone of all the best indie-heartbreakers, a bright, jangling rhythm guitar. Recalling acts like Tigercats or Me & The Moon, they infuse their bright, sun-drenched indie with the toe tapping brilliance of a pop song and in the repeated closing refrain, “I want to know”, they might just have made the year’s most guaranteed ear-worm. If that’s all sounding a bit too upbeat and, whisper it, positive, don’t worry sad song fans (that’s all of you right?) there’s a wonderful melancholy lurking beneath the surface. The stand-out line, “nobody cares if it’s all true, and nobody cares what it means to you, just say it with conviction now”, could just as easily be delivered in the direction of an ex-lover or, perhaps a president, sadly not yet of the ex-variety. Bright, catchy music, with questioning, melancholic lyrics; between you and The Nova Darlings, this might just be the start of a beautiful friendship.



Indie rock band The Nova Darlings showcase a unique blend of contemporary melodies and classically approached rock touches with their track “Laundry Room/Caesura”. They open their hearts, their souls, and their complete self to us as they embrace the reality of the human existence. They allow the listeners to truly dive into their soundscape and find a place they can call home within it for they speak the truth and know that is not all rainbows and butterflies. The track is a pleasant surprise because even though the topics are not one to laugh about, they embrace it all and show us a more raw side of life.



The Nova Darlings are a garage rock foursome who’ve got a penchant for laid-back, lo-fi, 90s inspired garage-tinged indie . . . Their soothing, sun-kissed sounds wash over you with such an ease but as riffs meander amid a mild layer of warm fuzz, there is an overwhelming sense of melancholy and loss. The latter qualities are rendered by the emotional weight of Mackin Carroll’s heart wrenching vocal . . . Whilst it does bring mellow, hazy vibes and summery tones, it is the contrast between this brightness and the darker contours of vulnerability and melancholy.



The Nova Darlings sing about life and death and everything in between . . .



“I Like Crashing My Car (Into Yours)” mixes the self-depreciating with the self-destructive for the perfect soundtrack to a good summer afternoon sulk. The Nova Darlings throw in some garage rock elements to keep the angst feeling real and not too whiny. I’m about this new song and will probably listen to it a hundred more times this summer. You should definitely check it out.



This is that summer song that hits me right in the teeth. An introspective look at how we are usually our own worst enemy, “I Like Crashing My Car (Into Yours)” is the “bummer jam of the summer.” . . .the first verse of this song is an absolute gut punch and sets the stage for self-exploration . . .Emotive vocals with a timbre that feels like it’s on the edge of breaking down keep you on the edge of your seat, ready to run out in front of traffic”


The Nova Darlings are the latest indie rock sensation to hit the scene. Their new single “Knife to the Heart” has softly sung vocals that are packed with feeling. There’s a sentiment of sadness with a willingness to have something better. The sound feels a bit like a mix between early emo music (especially the lyrics) and indie rock at times. It’s a fresh sound!



Remember those kids at school; the swats who sat studiously at the front of the class or sat alone on the bus listening to their iPods in their own little world? Well, those kids went on to form a band. That band is the carrot wielding, cross dressing indie rock four piece, The Nova Darlings. The Nova Darlings’ latest single is entitled ‘Laundry Room/Caesura’. ‘Laundry Room/Caesura’ is a four and half minute puzzle of a song with shifting musical styles, which may remind some listeners of 1990s lo-fi bands such as Pavement, circa ‘Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain’ with a hint of The Wannadies in Carroll’s charming and sadness-tinged vocal delivery and little bit of Elliot Smith in the disaffected guitar sound for its first two and half minutes but evolves into a psychedelic trip out slightly reminiscent of the centre section of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’. This clever musical backdrop is complimented by the song’s beautifully introspective and heartfelt lyrics. I am expecting big things from The Nova Darlings, a band who are set to clean up in the latter half of 2018.



     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.