Black Deer Live Presents

Darlingside

VENUE

Chalk

DATE

July 22 2024

TIME

7:00 pm

PRICE

£18

Black Deer Live in association with Brighthelmstone Presents Darlingside LIVE at Chalk, Brighton

We are delighted that the incredible Darlingside are performing as part of Black Deer Live. If you are a fan of Midlake or the Beach Boys and beautiful harmonies, then this show is for you. Support from the wonderful Lizzie No.

Darlingside

🎸  ‘…a band who are fast becoming the finest exponents of the wonder we call Americana.’AmericanaUK

If Darlingside’s first album, Birds Say (2015), focused on the past through nostalgia, and their second, Extralife (2018), contemplated uncertain futures, Fish Pond Fish stands firmly in the present, looking at what’s here, now. Don Mitchell (guitar, banjo), Auyon Mukharji (violin, mandolin), and Harris Paseltiner (cello, guitar) have created a natural history in song—taking us into gardens, almond groves, orchard rows, down to the ocean floor and under stars.

The band has long been praised for their harmonies and intelligent songwriting, described by NPR as “exquisitely-arranged, literary-minded, baroque folk-pop,” and their dynamic presence (crowded tightly together onstage) have made them a live-performance favourite. But this album showcases their broader storytelling abilities: nature is a looking glass, the songs suggest, with tracks like Ocean Bed, Green + Evergreen, Mountain + Sea, and Crystal Caving making metaphors of their titles. An experience of nature is an experience of self; an experience of self is one of natural change cut and complemented by stasis.

The band started studio recording Fish Pond Fish in late 2019, when they moved into Tarquin Studios—the residential studio of Grammy Award-winning producer Peter Katis (Interpol, The National). Living and working together brought them to their very early years under one roof in Hadley, Massachusetts, which had seeded the origins of their intimate collaboration. At Katis’s suggestion, many components of the initial demos were preserved as layers in the produced tracks to retain the spirit of the initial recordings, resulting in a collection of songs that is simultaneously the most bedroom-tracked and production-heavy full-length album that the band has yet released.

Lizzie No

To categorise artists might make it easier to organise record stores and playlists but there’s no one term that could define any artist, least of all one like Lizzie No(she/her/they/them).

You could say that Lizze No makes “Americana” music, in that her work pulls from the rhythmsand traditions of Blues, Folk, and Country—not unlike the artists to whom she’s most oftencompared: Allison Russell, Rhiannon Giddens and Adia Victoria—but her collaborations with Brian Dunne, Pom Pom Squad and Domino Kirke display an undeniable Indie influence that allows No to move frequently and seamlessly between overlapping musical circles.

You could say that Lizzie No writes “protest” songs, in that as a Queer, Black woman, her entire existence is a living, breathing, singing protest against a genre and a country that, on their best days, are reluctant to reckon with the very foundations upon which they were built. The erasure of Black artists is central to the myth of country music—what it means, what it stands for, where it comes from—and so simply by standing on stage and singing, whether it be in theatres across the country with the Black Opry, or at Queer Line Dancing nights with the Lavender Country tour, Lizzie No is staging a kind of protest.