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Darktown Jubilee set to brighten up Marchington venue

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: March 19, 2014

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THE Dog and Partridge is hailing another ‘coup’ in securing the services of an in-demand rock band for a special stripped-down set.

Darktown Jubilee will play the pub’s Marchington Music Club on Sunday from 5.30pm, with admission being free of charge.

The Manchester-based act’s influences range from the Americana-tinged work of Springsteen and The Killers to the melancholic 1980s pop of acts like New Order.

Formed in 2010, the band’s line-up includes David Boardman on vocals and guitar, Stuart Day on bass, John Cosgrove on drums, Al Robers on guitar and Gary O’Brien on keys.

All five musicians live in and around Manchester and have been heavily influenced by the music to have come out of the area.

Boardman is recognised as the driving force behind the five-piece act, with the front man’s lyrics exploring the darker side of the human psyche.

However, that darkness is accompanied by anthemic, catchy, melodic tunes to keep audiences’ spirits up.

Boardman said: “Between us we’ve been in several bands and supported such big names such as Elton John and 30 Seconds to Mars but, until now, we’ve not quite had the right line-up to take it to the next level.”

Darktown’s contacts have enabled them to secure the services of several top actors for their videos.

The debut debut single video, Breakdown, features Pirates of the Caribbean star Steve Evets, while Stay includes a performance from Emmerdale actress Emma Atkins.

The debut album, The World, the Flesh and the Devil, which is released under the band’s own Parade Recordings imprint, was recorded during a few weeks in the North West of England.

The band took a hands-on role with the production and arrangement alongside long-time producer John Kettle.

Darktown are recording new material throughout 2014, as well as touring extensively across the UK.

They have also been booked for the new Rostock and Barrel Festival at Burton Town Hall in October.

More information is available by calling 01283 820394.

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