photos by Andrew St. Clair
DOWNLOAD: Darwin Deez - Where's the Chocolate (from Wonky Beats mixtape) (MP3)
NY Press: How in the hell were you big in the U.K. before here?Grab that mix tape HERE. Sample the chocolate with the MP3 above.
Darwin Deez: It was big there first because we had professionals working on it. We didn't have that here, because we were holding out for somebody decent. No labels came around that we liked. We were just waiting until now to do it, and we're doing it with the same people that were overseeing the release elsewhere in the world. It just needs to be done. We're all more available to focus on the American side of things now...
NY Press You also recently released a rap mix tape using only samples from Willy Wonka. You totally pulled a reverse Lil Wayne by going from pop to hip-hop.
Darwin Deez: I'm exactly that--a reverse Lil Wayne. Lil Wayne's rock album is shitty. My rap album is probably shitty.
And now, armed with his debut album full of pop hits (out in the USA TODAY), Darwin Deez is on his way to doing very well in his native country too, and especially his home of NYC. His show at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night with Ava Luna & Friends was sold out. Pictures from the whole night are in this post.
Friends release their debut 7", called Friend Crush, in March via the same label (Lucky Number) that Darwin is signed to. You can stream the whole thing now below.
Darwin is about to kick off a European tour that ends before SXSW where he'll be playing at least two shows - one of which is a BrooklynVegan day party (stay tuned for more details). All Darwin dates, audio, video, and more pictures from Bowery Ballroom, are below...
DARWIN DEEZ - 2011 TOUR DATES
02/24/11 Manchester at Academy 2
02/25/11 Edinburgh at Liquid Rooms (14+)
02/26/11 Glasgow at Garage (14+)
02/27/11 Leeds at Metropolitan Uni (14+)
03/01/11 Norwich at Waterfront (14+)
03/02/11 Birmingham at HMV Institute (14+)
03/03/11 London at KOKO
03/04/11 Bristol at Anson Rooms
03/05/11 Brighton at Concorde 2 (14+)
03/07/11 Hamburg at Knust
03/08/11 Münster at Gleis 22
03/09/11 Köln at Gloria
03/10/11 München at Backstage Halle
03/11/11 Berlin at Astra
03/??/11 Austin TX, SXSW
04/29/11 Melbourne at The Hi-Fi
04/30/11 Bendigo at Bendigo Grounds
05/01/11 Townsville at Murray Sports complex
05/05/11 Brisbane at The Zoo
05/07/11 Maitland at Maitland Showground
05/08/11 Canberra at The Meadows
05/10/11 Sydney (All Ages) at Metro
05/12/11 Perth at The Bakery
05/14/11 Bunbury at Hay Park Fields
05/16/11 Auckland at Kings Arms
05/17/11 Wellington at Bodega
05/27/11 nr Berlin at Immergut Festival
06/02/11 Kingston at Banquet
06/17/11 - 06/19/11 Scheeßel, Munich at Hurricane / Southside Festivals