Those Darlins is a band comprised of three female singers/guitarists and a male drummer. Think the Donnas only less punk rock and more country. Those Darlins’ second release Screws Get Loose is no country album however. It is grungy garage rock all the way, this is a bit of a surprise because their self-titled debut had a strong country feel that has been all but abandoned on Screws Get Loose.
Screws Get Loose is filled with distorted guitars and dirty innuendo. The album is front loaded with the strongest songs. The title track leads off the album and serves as a perfect microcosm for the entire record with its crunchy guitars. “Be Your Bro” follows next and chimes in with the laughable line of “I just want to run and play in the dirt with you/you just want to stick it in.” This kind of humor is the norm for Those Darlins so the song doesn’t stand out on the record because of it. It is however one the catchiest songs so it is a memorable track.
Later, the album brings in some darker sounds with “Mystic Mind” and “$” sandwiching the album’s popiest song “Tina Said.” Later the girls flat out jam on the fast paced “Fatty Needs A Fix” leading into the records best song “Waste Away.” The album is a great sign of what the band has the potential to do. They have already evolved from the Nashville sound of the first album; we can only hope they continue to do so.
Key Tracks: “Screws Get Loose” “Be Your Bro” “Waste Away”