BY SHEENA BARNETT
OXFORD – Fans eager to hear the third album by Nashville rock band Those Darlins won’t have to wait until the record’s release in October.
The quartet is swinging by Oxford next week for a gig at Proud Larry’s, and they’ll debut many of the new tracks from “Blur the Line” at the show.
“We’re playing a lot of these songs because we’re excited about them and play them together as a band in front of people,” said lead singer Jessi Darlin. “You can record a song in the studio but it takes a while before it really starts to set in. It takes some playing in front of people before it becomes a song.”
“Blur the Line” will hit stores Oct. 1 on Oh Wow Dang.
Those Darlins’ self-titled first album, released in 2009, established the band’s raw, rockabilly sound. The band refined its sound with its 2011 “Screws Get Loose,” and “Blur the Line” continues to show off the band’s maturity and growth.
“Blur the Line” was recorded in Nashville with producer Roger Moutenot, who worked with Yo La Tengo and Jeff Cale.
“We spent about a year and a half writing the songs for it, figuring out what we wanted to do. We wrote over 30 songs and picked the ones we wanted to put on there. We recorded 15, but we ended up picking 12,” Darlin said.
Patti Smith and Neil Young were big influences on the new record, but Darlin said the album mostly reflects the group’s natural progression.
“We sort of made it a goal to maybe embrace our darker, more sensitive side. We did listen to a lot music that’s more personal,” she said.
Those Darlins will spend much of the rest of the year on the road promoting “Blur the Line.”
“Honestly, (touring) is my favorite part of the whole thing. I think it’s all of our favorite parts,” Darlin said. “We really love playing music. We get really into it, and all that matters in that moment is the show and the connection to the audience.
We have a lot of fun.”
WHO: Those Darlins
WHEN: 9 p.m. Sept. 5
WHERE: Proud Larry’s, Oxford