DARTS are Ally Campbell-Smith, Paige X. Cho, Jessie Fernandez and brothers Angus and Andrew Ayres.
The Melbourne five-piece have a melancholic, aggressive sound that feature loud-quiet dynamics that exhibit their unique tapestry of influences. One listen will induce flashbacks to early Modest Mouse, Pixies, The Breeders and Dinosaur Jr, all wrapped up in one frenetic punch that’s impossible to listen to without being totally absorbed.
Below Empty & Westward Bound was mastered by Joe Laporta, whose pedigree of working the boards for the likes of Yuck, Wavves and Arcade Fire, leaves clear and distinct fingerprints across the albums textures and sensitivities. Recorded in a Melbourne bedroom, the album documents the bands experiences of mental illness, isolation in a new city and transition into adulthood, paralleled with anxious optimism.
Since the album’s release – Below Empty & Westward Bound has received support from triple J and Australia’s best community radio stations – As well as immense online coverage and positive album reviews.
Below Empty & Westward Bound sounds like a therapeutic exhalation. A necessary outpouring. Not only in Ayres’ own spine-chillingly raw vocals, sounding at times as though they’re literally pealing the heavy weighted worries from his mind, but also in the clattering ensembles that frequently contract, building to a point of explosive effusion. – Rolling Stone