Darlene Shrugg is unabashedly a rock 'n roll band. Four women, one man; four Canadians and an American; musical collaborations stretching back to nascent high school years; punk exuberance meeting studio finesse. Darlene exudes an easy confidence, compressing, absorbing, and inverting the energy of classic rock. They profane, as much as pay tribute to a lineage of foundational bands, arguably stemming from Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper through Thin Lizzy, and on through the boy's club fantasy of early 2000's, 'raw' rock revival bands, like The Strokes or The Hives. Gauche rock moves are ransacked and transformed with the glee of an amateur cast production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. They've laid waste to the Toronto underground. Now, they're hungry for more.
Photo: Colin Medley