The Darcys - Just Here With My Friends (feat. Leah Fay)

This brand new cut features a collaboration of some major players on the Toronto scene. The lyrics of the shiny and danceable confection may seem trite, but there's a social message underneath.

 The Darcys - Just Here With My Friends (feat. Leah Fay)

By Kerry Doole

The Darcys - "Just Here With My Friends (feat. Leah Fay)"  (Indie):  Released to radio and streaming services today, this cut marks a collaboration between some major players on the Toronto scene, with Leah Fay of July Talk guesting with two pals, Wes Marskell and Jason Couse, aka The Darcys.

"Just Here With My Friends" is further confirmation of the radical shift of sound for The Darcys. Initially, earning their rep for an atmospheric and adventurous modern rock sound, the band has slimmed down and gone for a glossy pop sound, as on their last album, Centerfold.


The move disappointed many fans, including this scribe, but Marskell and Couse have persisted. There's no denying that "Just Here With My Friends" is an attractively sugary confection. On the surface, the lyrics initially sound trite, but there's a deeper meaning, it appears.

In a press release, co-writer and guest vocalist Fay explains that “mindless pop songwriting often perpetuates a multitude of boring and damaging gender norms that have nothing to do with real life. We wanted to see if we could write a song about two empowered humans meeting in a club that wasn’t predatory on either side.”

“We created something fun that people could dance to and knew we had the opportunity to challenge the traditional ‘boy meets and tries to convince girl' narrative,” adds Wes Marskell.

The message is conveyed effectively by contrasting male and female vocals, and the track has a catchy and danceable vibe.

The Darcys play on Canada Day at Niagara Falls with more dates TBA.




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Publicity: Jessica Leach

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Shaq’s classic with Biggie is finally available on streaming services. The news was broken by FakeShoreDrive on X earlier this week, and the Hall of Fame big man confirmed the news Thursday afternoon (June 13).

The year is 1996 and Shaquille O’Neal and the Notorious B.I.G. are two of the biggest figures in their respective fields. Shaq was entering the last year of his deal with the Orlando Magic before he headed west to the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the 1995-1996 season. Biggie was getting ready to release his sophomore album, Life After Death, while in the throws of a beef with 2Pac. Big name-dropped the NBA player on the song “Gimme the Loot” off his debut album, Ready to Die, and the two had a mutual respect for each other ever since.

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