My Darling Fury's "AOK" takes us on an urban exploration of Manchester, UK through the eyes of a couple of young skateboarders.
There is a bruised elegance, razor-sharp wit, and quirky theatricality about the music of
Richmond, Virginia-based band My Darling Fury. With a name that evokes thoughts of
vulnerability wrapping its arms around unbridled rage, the indie pop trio of Todd Matthews,
Joel Hollister and charismatic frontman Danny Reyes defies genre limitations with songs that
celebrate the unpredictability of life and love. Following the release of their debut album Licking
Wounds in 2013, the band returns with A/O/K, a record that continues to push their singular
aesthetic in new and exciting directions.
My Darling Furys affinity for complex rhythmic structures, operatic-sized dramatics, and
chamber music intimacy should surprise no one, considering that Reyes and Matthews both
come from classically trained backgrounds. With a pliant, strikingly beautiful voice that recalls
Freddie Mercury, Andrew Bird and even Nate Reuss of Fun., Cuban-American singer
Danny Reyes conveys poignant lyrics in both English and Spanish, through songs that devastate and inspire. Looping and layering his acrobatic vocals with the assistance of an effects processor, he infuses the bands sound with Afro-Cuban rhythms and harmonizes with himself in real time.
Bassist and sound engineer Todd Matthews integrates cutting edge music software and subtle
electronic textures into the fabric of the band's ever-fluctuating song structures. While
manipulating the sounds of electric and bowed upright bass, he continues to experiment and
develop new and innovative dialects for his instrument. Together with drummer Joel Hollister,
whose atmospheric dynamics and percussive strokes elicit more remarkable sounds out of a sampler and a traditional drum kit than predictably expected, the band continues to evolve.
Defending the dark horse, embracing optimism, and staring into the eyes of adversity,
My Darling Fury invite you to rewrite their future and yours.