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Formed in 1986 in Newport South Wales, The Darling Buds soon became part of the UK's rising indie pop scene. Constant touring and a successful batch of indie releases resulted in a deal with major record label Sony-Epic and a string of hit singles and albums followed, as well as prolific touring at home and abroad.
Over the course of 3 albums the bands style constantly evolved from the quick burst twee pop of debut 'Pop Said', into the groovy psychedelics of follow up 'Crawdaddy', and finally the cruelly overlooked alt-rock classic 'Erotica'.
The band called it a day in 1992 due to waning interest in the UK and business complications in the US, where ironically the band's popularity was soaring.
Following a 17 year silence, in which all the members remained close friends, an offer was made to reform for a tribute show in memory of the late John Sicolo, the TJ's club owner and long time friend and champion of the band.
A line up featuring original singer Andrea Lewis, as well as former members Paul Watkins and Matt Gray, were joined by drummer Erik Stams and bass player Julian Hayman for the event, which originally intended as a one off, turned into 2 other spin off shows, one at London's 100 club.
Inevitably this led to more offers, and eventually another London "one off" gig was arranged by indie promoter Mute Elephant, with original Bass player Chris McDonagh re-joining at this point.
Following the amazing success of this show the band tentatively agreed to carry on, albeit selectively. An appearance at Indie Daze Festival at London's Forum and 2 back to back sell out shows at London's Lexington were enthusiastically received and more shows followed including festivals in Spain and New York.
Now in 2017 the band continue to play a few select gigs a year and have released their first new material in 25 years, the 'Evergreen' EP on indie label, Odd-Box Records.