The Darcys is the ever-evolving duo formed by Toronto’s Wes Marskell & Jason Couse. The band released four diverse, critically acclaimed albums via Arts & Crafts: 2011’s The Darcys, 2012’s AJA, 2014’s Warring, and 2016’s Centerfold. Warring was nominated for a JUNO for Alternative Album of the Year, long-listed for the Polaris Prize, and spurred a 50-date worldwide tour. The California inspired Centerfold, helmed by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Kacey Musgraves) and Matty Green (Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa), marked the band’s transition from textured guitar-driven alt-rock to infectious pop-rock infused with sizzling synths and bubbling 808s.
In 2017, the duo announced their newfound independence by launching The Darcys Inc. Records. The label's first release, “Just Here with My Friends” featuring Leah Fay of July Talk, garnered immediate crossover success at US radio and quickly surpassed 1 million streams on Spotify. The Darcys followed up with the sensual “Chasing The Fall” along with a music video directed by Emma Higgins and starring the effervescent drag performer Regina Gently. Gently takes The Darcys on a magical joyride through Niagara Falls before their climactic performance beneath the fury of the falls.
The Darcys’ sonic evolution continued into 2019 with “Hurt," a pop-ballad-turned-epic driven by Couse’s powerful vocal performance, an acoustic cover of Billie Eilish’s "Ocean Eyes,” and the US college radio darling, "Better Days.” The duo also released "Better Days (version française)” which became the band’s first Top 40 hit on Quebec radio.
The Darcys continue to release singles in anticipation of a full-length album due in early 2020.