Boise to Fall for Those Darlins 

Friday, Sept. 7, at Knitting Factory Concert House

Those Darlins aren't exactly a girl group. Though three two out of the Nashville, Tenn., band's four three members are females, the group shirks delicacy in favor of a punky, Johnny Cash swagger.

The band's self-titled 2009 release is throwback country, interpreted through the hazy lens of booze-swilling 20-something ladies. The album's backwoods lyrics are sung with a snarl and peppered with references to snaggletooth mamas with tin-roof tans and greasy skillets. On "The Whole Damn Thing," the girls harmonize: "I got drunk and I ate a chicken / I ate a chicken I found in my kitchen / not just the legs and not just the wings / I'd like to let you know that I ate the whole damn thing."

Though the follow-up album, 2011's Screws Get Loose, ditched the twang for more garage-rock elements, Those Darlins kept the punky irreverence. On "Be Your Bro," the ladies sing: "I may have girly parts / but I've got a boy's heart."

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