DARREN SYLVESTER OFF BY HEART
Do you know that bit in the Sex Pistols doco, when Malcolm McLaren is going on about using the band members like other artists would use paint, to make his art? Johnny Rotten comes in and counters that he’s no-ones puppet, not to be used as part of someone else’s project. And you, the viewer are left feeling really uncomfortable and a bit confused. Well you don’t have to worry about any of that crap when you’re watching Darren Sylvester, because he’s a one man band! I’m wondering how many household name bands started out in Art School. Not that Darren Sylvester needed to meet anyone to get his band together cause he plays best by himself. Signed to Chapter Music, the real musical action is all below the waist, as Darren utilizes a variety of pedals to trigger the loops needed for his pop magic.
Darren Sylvester launched his second album, Off By Heart, at famous Melbourne record store Polyester on Friday night. Darren’s song titles set the scene – That’s a nice haircut, Don’t Do That To Yourself, Telephone on the TV, Cellphone Warehouse, Too Uncool Too, Dream or something like that. Darren Sylvester is a rock star for today.