Interviews no image

Published on January 23rd, 1997 | by Gerry Galipault

0

Darlahood is the Next ‘Big Fine Thing’

It’s easy to be skeptical in the music business. Darlahood singer-guitarist Luke Janklow figures he’s as much as cynic as the next person.

Which makes it all the more surprising that Janklow enjoyed the New York-based rock trio’s recent visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Cleveland. After taping an interview for the syndicated radio program “Rockline,” the group got an after-hours tour of the facility.

“The best part was that I got to touch Duane Allman’s Les Paul,” Janklow said with a laugh during a recent tour break after two months opening for Helmet, Danzig and Gravity Kills. “I thought I was going to hate the museum. I mean, I hated the idea of caging rock ‘n’ roll for everyone to gawk at.

“But it’s very well done. It’s musically inspiring to see this stuff, like Jimi Hendrix’s guitar. I guess if I can be swayed by it, anyone can.”

Rock fans and radio are being swayed by Darlahood’s breakout hit “Grow Your Own,” a chip off the classic rock block. Janklow isn’t worried that Tipper Gore may be listening and taking down notes of the song’s title and mixed message.

“A lot of people think it’s a double-entendre, advocating drug use, but it’s not,” Janklow said. “It can mean different things to different people, but to me, the music is upbeat and is a reaction to all the songs out there that are complaining all the time, with downer lyrics. This is our statement, that it’s not all that bad.”

“Grow Your Own” comes from the band’s debut album “Big Fine Thing” (on Reprise), released last fall. For the album, Janklow, drummer Joe Magistro and bassist David Sellar holed up in a rented mansion in upstate New York for several months last winter, writing songs and making demos before cutting it with co-producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley.

“We moved into this house and woodshedded and got stuck there during the Blizzard of ’96,” Janklow said. “We played and jammed, watched a lot of Knicks games and drank wine. It was a very organic situation, and there were no big-city distractions.

“The house kind of reminded me of ‘The Shining,’ but we were too cold to worry about that. We were literally burning furniture when the heat went out once. We never had any ‘X-Files’ communications, but a friend came by one day and said, ‘Nancy’s watching us.’ I asked her, ‘What are you talking about?’ and she said, ‘I don’t know, I just blurted it out.’ So that became our running joke, that some mythical character named Nancy was watching over us.”

All the while, Darlahood was determined to create a solid album, Janklow said.

“All of our favorite records were albums – with a beginning, a middle and an end,” he said. “We wrote 75 songs to make this result, and we went through phases. In the end, we were trying not to make a rip-off album. Not to sound boasting, but our rhythmic feel is one of our signatures, and that’s what comes across on the album.”

Tags: ,


About the Author

Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.



Comments are closed.

Back to Top ↑
  • BEST OF THE WEB

     

    Entertainment Weekly names Pause & Play one of “the 100 greatest Web sites”

  • Album Release Dates

    * Release dates are subject to change due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

    Jan. 15, 2021 » ZAYN,  Jeff Tweedy, Matthew Sweet, Why Don’t We, You Me at Six, Accept, Peter Schilling, Celeste, etc.

    Jan. 22, 2021 » Bring Me the Horizon, Steve Hackett, Sammy Hagar & The Circle, The Dead Daisies, Jeremiah Fraites, Moon Taxi, Jason Bieler and the Baron Von Bielski Orchestra, Kiwi Jr., Teen Creeps, etc.

    Jan. 29, 2021 » “NOW That’s What I Call Music! 77,” Ani DiFranco, Steven Wilson, The Besnard Lakes, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Martin Gore, Lucero, Selwyn Birchwood, Langhorne Slim, Arlo Parks, The Dead South, etc.

    Feb. 5, 2021 » Foo Fighters, Fleet Foxes, Common, slowthai, A.J. Croce, Deacon Blue, Hounds, John Williams, Aaron Watson, TV Priest, The Telescopes, Sarah Mary Chadwick, John Carpenter, Paul Cardall, etc.

    More New Releases » Feb. 12 and Beyond: Florida Georgia Line, Sia, Pentatonix, Tomorrow X Together, The Pretty Reckless, Robin Thicke, Pale Waves, London Grammar, Jillette Johnson, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, SG Lewis, Escape the Fate, Mogwai, Hearty Har, The Hold Steady, Alice Cooper, Willie Nelson, Madison Beer, Architects, Bonnie Tyler, Lucy Spraggan, Pat Metheny, Kings of Leon, Chevelle, A Day to Remember, Neil Young, Teenage Fanclub, Jimbo Mathus & Andrew Bird, Visionist, Rob Zombie, The Paper Kites, Butch Walker, Lana Del Rey, Ringo Starr, Loretta Lynn, Sting, Ryan Adams, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Evanescence, AJR, Greta Van Fleet, Escape the Fate, Dumpstaphunk, Del Amitri, Mick Fleetwood & Friends, Gary Numan, and many more.

    More Upcoming Releases » Albums coming in 2020 but yet to be scheduled




    Elton John loves Pauseandplay.comDeals of the DayBest SellersSennheiser MOMENTUM 2 Wireless Over-Ear HeadphonesIE 400 Pro In-Ear Monitors

  • New Merch at Hot TopicSave on Tablets at Walmart.comBand T-ShirtsTurntables & AccessoriesHome Audio SystemsAmazon Tap $40 OffSave up to 90% on Textbooks

    NOTE: Pauseandplay.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. We also participate in other affiliate programs.

  • Love Pauseandplay.com? We do, too … Help us keep it going. (Every little bit helps.) We ♥ u.




  • Recent Posts

  • Connect on Facebook

  • On Twitter