MARVELOUS DARLINGS: The Swords, The Streets: 7”

It always takes me a little by surprise when a band can pull off grit-laden glam rock without the joke being on them. I’m always on the lookout for stuff that’s sick with hooks, is rock’n’roll, and is cocky, but it isn’t driven by a transparent cockholeishness. The Marvelous Darlings channel some Sweet and some Slade through fellow Canadians, The Black Halos, filter (if you ever come across The Violent Years, I suggest giving it a listen), into a couple of high-strutting platform boots, assless chaps and suspenders (in sound; there’s not photo of the band in the 7”) what-the-fuck-you-looking-at, I’ll-kill-you-in-mid-solo songs. Nice.

 –todd (EP)