The band formed when the lives of guitarist/vocalist Shay Magro, bassist/keyboardist Mike Wolpe, and drummer Christian Jovanny Trujillo, collided in a visceral and serendipitous explosion. The details are still a bit fuzzy, but they each recall it had something to do with late night diners, imaginary friends, cobblestone streets, fortune-tellers and a love-tester machine.
If you're wondering whether all of this synergy is owed only to the mystical, it actually started years ago in Washington, DC where old friends Shay and Mike grew up. They formed a band and their creation, Moodroom, hit the ground running signing to Fowl Records in 2000. Their debut CD Hung Up on Breathing, enjoyed an impressive string of reviews from Billboard Magazine, CMJ New Music, Time Out, New York Press, Alternative Press, The Village Voice, The Washington Post, and The Washington Times.
Before Moodroom disbanded, Shay and Mike were able to work with acclaimed producers like Jawbox front man J. Robbins (The Promise Ring, Jawbreaker & Clutch), Don Zientara (Fugazi, Minor Threat & Bad Brains) and Don Depew (Guided by Voices). All of Love Darling has toured the US and Canada, with Shay and Mike even headlining a residency at the Chesterfield Café in Paris, France. These lips are sealed, but much insanity occurred amidst the bustling streets, eerie catacombs and decadently old buildings.
As fate would have it a few years went by and somehow Shay and Mike ended up in Los Angeles. Upon reconnecting in LA, and joining forces with the rhythmical prodigy, Christian Trujillo, the musical love-tester lights lit up and the songs quickly flowed. Whether it's making crunchy guitar-laden melodic rock songs, mad scientist synth tweaking or performing more intimate acoustic shows, their rock n' roll chemistry reads loud and clear. Love Darling are ready to test everything you think you know about indie rock music. Are you ready?
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Love Darling's second EP release, Sunshine Dust, came out of the gates making an indie-electro-rock splash. This 9 song EP is a sophomore followup from their debut EP, and also includes tracks produced by Gordon Raphael (The Strokes and Regina Spektor). This EP includes the singles, "This Time", "U Can Be Perfect", "Dust in my Pocket", and "Close to Me". All songs and tracks for this EP were produced at Pawnshop Radio Studios in Hollywood, CA. Love Darling is Shay Magro, Mike Wolpe, and Christian Jovanny.
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