Darcys play SOCAN Session for our Toronto staff
Electro-pop duo Darcys performed an hour-long SOCAN Session for our staff on Apr.12, 2017, at SOCAN’s head office in Toronto, after they were introduced by SOCAN Director, A&R, Rodney Murphy.
Darcys are comprised of two songwriters: singer/multi-instrumentalist Jason Couse and drummer/keyboardist Wes Marskell. Darcys emerged on Toronto’s music scene in 2007 as a four-person indie-rock band, before founding members Couse and Marskell re-configured in 2014 as a more synth-heavy, groove-based, falsetto-voiced, pop-oriented duo, with a 1980s L.A. vibe. Their 2016 album Centerfold, produced by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes), spawned the hit radio singles “Miracle” and "I’m Coming Up for Air.”
At the SOCAN Session, Darcys played exciting, high-volume versions of both of those songs, as well as “Studio City” and “San Diego 1988,” both also from Centrefold. In between songs, Marskell said that Darcys appreciate SOCAN’s support, and joked that when they were looking to make a better living from their music, “SOCAN never told us we have to get another job.” On a more serious note, he added that “SOCAN’s support means a lot to us.”
Asked about their switch to a pop sound in the question-and-answer session that followed the performance, Couse jested that “We thought that pop music was stupid…and easy.” Marskell followed up with, “In the end, you realize that you’re stupid, and pop music is amazing.” The duo talked about the irony of their situation, where the duo wants a hit pop song more than their record label; how Centrefold was inspired by repeated viewings of ‘80s movies, driving around L.A., and “failed synths” that they found in thrift shops; and the nature of their long-term relationship as a duo, where they trust each other’s viewpoints – even when they disagree with each other.
Stay tuned to socan.ca for some exciting video clips from the session!