L.A.-based quartet Oh Darling’s buoyant new-wave pop has the power to turn the most forbidding club
crowd into a sea of grinning fan-geeks. But their reach extends well beyond area venues – several Oh
Darling tunes have graced top-rated TV series, film and commercials. Their latest album, Brave the Sound,
has already won over a bevy of new admirers.
Recorded in the band’s home studio in L.A.’s Echo Park neighborhood, produced by guitarist Daven Hall
and co-produced/mixed by Nathanael Boone (Power), the new album – Oh Darling’s third – includes such
tunes as the infatuation singalong “Prettiest Thing”, the insistent romantic march “I Know (You Feel It),”
and the exuberant “Gonna Be Yours.” The foursome recently shot a video for the latter song, which was
featured on the tastemaker blog Buzzbands.la.
Even listeners unfamiliar with Portland native Oh Darling’s name may well recognize songs like the
spiky, infectious “I Like You, Baby,” the edgy, compact rocker “Never Go Too Far,” the tender “Love”, the
whimsical “Happiness” and the winsome “Colorful Day,” which have been featured on such TV series
as the CW’s One Tree Hill, Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, ABC’s Ugly Betty, Fox’s “Bones” and USA’s Royal
Pains, as well as commercials for Volkswagen, network promos for Grey’s Anatomy and Gossip Girl. Most of
these appeared on the band’s eponymous 2009 self titled sophomore album, which follows their critically
adored 2008 debut, Nice Nice, both produced by Gregg Williams (Blitzen Traper, Dandy Warhols).
Moreover, their track “Prettiest Thing” can be heard on the Disney soundtrack and in the film Prom.
Additional songs from Brave The Sound can be heard across the country in stores such as The Gap, Urban
Outfitters, Old Navy, Pinkberry, Origins, BCBG and more. In 2011, the band was selected to be part
of evian’s “Live Young” campaign, supporting promotional efforts for the world’s #1 brand of premium
natural spring water throughout the L.A. area.
Daven, singer-keyboardist Jasmine Ash, bassist J.Marie Hall and drummer Jake Endicott began playing
together in 2006 in Portland, Oregon; L.A. became their base of operations in 2009. Ash’s gossamer
vocals are undergirded by surprisingly muscular arrangements and wild tempo shifts, as the band
alternates melodic sweetness with propulsive rock. Daven’s incisive guitar lines and the tight rhythmic
interplay of J.Marie and Jake evoke influences as diverse as Blondie, Camera Obscura, Metric, Kate
Bush, Phoenix, Cocteau Twins, Stars, Little Dragon, Best Coast, The xx, Crystal Castles and Eels. The
net effect, judging by the words of admiring reviewers, is equal parts enchantment and energy.
“It’s impossible not to get a contact buzz from the band’s buoyant, charming pop,” declared the Portland
Tribune. “Fronted by one of the cutest gals in town, Oh Darling possess an intriguing yet subtle mix
of sexual tension, plus plenty of indie pop goodness in their delivery,” proclaimed the music blog
NadaMucho. “Jasmine Ash knows how to write catchy pop songs as delicious as Cheerios in chocolate
milk.” Flavorpill, meanwhile, praised their “intoxicating blend of indie rock” and “unapologetic, perfectly
crafted pop punch.” The Vanguard admired their “wealth of adorable melodies” and “healthy propensity
for matching outfits”. Jasmine and J.Marie do indeed tend to coordinate their vibrant retro wardrobes
onstage, eschewing sexpot clichés in favor of classic, colorful, vintage frocks. Buzzbands LA states, “It’s
exuberance set to melody, and for indie-pop fans that never gets old.”
Oh Darling have toured up and down the West Coast numerous times and appeared at venues like the
Doug Fir, Mississippi Studios, Bottom of the Hill, Cafe Du Nord, Viper Room, Satellite (Formerly Spaceland), The Roxy Theater and the Hotel Café; they’ve shared stages with indie favorites like The 88, Fitz & The Tantrums, White Sea, Anya Marina, Alberta Cross, The Features, Asobi Seksu, The Submarines, Shonen Knife, The Duke Spirit, Everest and The Belle Brigade. Everywhere they’ve gone, they’ve left audiences spellbound and smiling.