The Darners helped celebrate “Darnsgiving Eve” on Wednesday’s episode of “Live From Studio 5!” The Minneapolis-based four-piece played some great blues-fused-rock tunes, and joined guest host Cher Dial for a solid two hours of darned good rock music (and “darn”-themed puns, of course).
Bassist John Schwarzkopf and guitarist Jake Juusola sang some great harmonies, while Robb Lauer and Adam Luoma held it down on the drums and keys, respectively. The foursome had a tone reminiscent of the Black Keys, but with a bluesier edge. The Darners’ influences of musicians like Jack White, Band of Skulls, and Paul McCartney were clear for all to hear from one song to the next, and they played tunes like “That’s What You Do,” “Rock and Roll Man,” and “All I Need,” many of which having come from their recently released self-titled EP.
Guitarist Jake Juusola
The first song the band ever wrote, “Armadillo Man,” was extremely memorable, with a solid, slow groove that took hold of your ears and wouldn’t let go. The guys also explained that the band formed through buying a used amp off of Craigslist, showing that sometimes magic can happen in the most unexpected places.
The Darners closed out the evening with a faithful and rollicking cover of Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen,” a fitting end to a super-solid set.
Adam Luoma on keys
Robb Lauer on drums
Be sure to check out the Darners’ Facebook page, and check the band out at Brady’s Brewhouse on Saturday, December 7 at 9 p.m., and at Big V’s Battle of the Bands on December 14 at 8 p.m.