Yorta Yorta descendent Scott Darlow opens his debut LP, Sorry, with a thunderous guitar-heavy riff and accompanying gut-punching line: “they put you in the ground, but it’s me that feels cold”.
It sets a certain tone. Darlow leaves no space for subtly on Sorry, spreading his plainspoken prose equally across introspective evaluations and — as expected, given his history as an indigenous activist and World Vision spokesperson — a prominent political edge. He finds his best balance on the standout title-track, where his clear cries for a national apology sways between perspectives, landing with most impact when the singer-songwriter pleads to “look into [his] eyes and share [his] pain”.
Similarly, musically it’s all front-foot rock, oozing in confidence and honesty, where a fist-pumping rendition of classic “Solid Rock” — with a guest spot from Goanna’s Shane Howard — sounds in-step with originals that cross the spectrum from country (“All I Am”) to heartland rock (“Runaway”) to more traditional pop (“Secret Self”), all unified by Darlow’s passionate, anthemic approach.
Rolling Stone Magazine, November 2016
All I Am
Solid Rock featuring Shane Howard
Down Like Flies
Girl, Live and acoustic on the Marngrook show
Friday October 26, 2018
Chelsea Heights Hotel, (With Diesel)
Since entering the Australian music scene in 2003, Yorta Yorta descendent Scott Darlow has been a mainstay of Australia’s Indigenous and independent music industry. The versatile singer-songwriter, guitarist, and didgeridoo player has sold more than 50,000 albums worldwide and has extensively toured Australia, Asia and the USA.
Darlow has released four albums to-date; two with his first band "The Darlow Show," and most recent as a solo artist. His landmark album, Sorry, released November 2016 to critical acclaim with Rolling Stone describing the album as, “…front-foot rock, oozing in confidence and honesty…with originals that cross the spectrum from country to heartland rock, to more traditional pop, all unified by Darlow’s passionate, anthemic approach.” His first single from the album is a cover of Goanna’s 1982 hit, “Solid Rock,” and features Goanna frontman and writer Shane Howard. The song reached #6 on the Australian iTunes charts and became most played rock song on Australian radio in February 2016 with heavy rotation on Rock radio network, Triple M.
Darlow is a passionate Indigenous activist and World Vision spokesperson, regularly speaking in schools, businesses and churches across Australia about his indigenous culture, Australian history, racial tolerance, harmony and important social matters. His key word "FLUTE" (Forgiveness, Love, Understanding, Tolerance and Empathy) has become so popular that schools and businesses have included it in their curriculums and charters.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
“Down Like Flies is an upbeat guitar driven rock track, which is in contrast to its bleak inspiration. There is a depth and earnest emotion to the lyrics, and the song is thought provoking in all the right ways.” – Beat Magazine
“Scott Darlow has called in his many years of songwriting, performing and championing the cause of Indigenous Australians and put it all into a splendidly dexterous and amorphous work for these times.” – Foldback Magazine
Darlow leaves no space for subtly on Sorry, spreading his plainspoken prose equally across introspective evaluations and — as expected, given his history as an indigenous activist and World Vision spokesperson — a prominent political edge. – Rolling Stone Australia
“…this record is an immensely satisfying and consistent listen…” – Killyourstereo.com
“This unique blend of country, rock & pop allows Darlow to stand in a league of his own.” - Rhythms Magazine
“His debut UK release “Down like Flies” is an anthem for the forgotten and brings with it the ever important message of never losing hope. With recent world events, the message is more relevant than ever.” – The Moshville Times
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Scott has been touring Australia and overseas for years as a speaker as well as a musician.
He has built a reputation as someone who can connect with both school age youth and corporate audiences alike, and communicate with them about his indigenous culture, Australian history, racial tolerance, harmony and important social matters. His key word "FLUTE" (Forgiveness, Love, Understanding, Tolerance and Empathy) has become so popular that schools and businesses have begun including it in their curriculums and charters.
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