After publishing an article in the Huffington Post late 2014 titled, “What Our Band Must Sacrifice To Survive”, announcing the departure of longtime band members Mike le Riche and Dave Hurlow, The Darcys’ future seemed unclear.
The Darcys’ experimental art-rock trilogy had been met with high acclaim, including a Polaris and Juno nomination for their latest record Warring. While shrinking from a four piece to a duo seemed daunting, Wes Marskell and Jason Couse took it as an opportunity to reinvent themselves.
The Darcys swapped the monochromatic bleak city feel for sun-bleached 80s vintage vibes, beginning on their path to pivot away from experimental art rock and move towards mainstream pop success. The band shared their first taste of a new record to come, a groovy pop tune called “Miracle”. On the new sound, Marskell told Noisey:
“We knew we wanted the record to sound modern, pop-minded and sun-bleached, and once we managed to assemble our production team I was confident we were going to have one of the best sounding records coming out of Toronto.”
Listen to their first track in two years, “Miracle” below:
Check out their live performance of “Miracle” in a special 100th Edition Collective Arts Black Box Session in full 360 degree video: