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Daphne Loves Derby

Like Nirvana did almost two decades previously, the pop-friendly indie trio Daphne Loves Derby originally formed in a small town near Seattle, WA (Kent rather than Aberdeen, in their case) when the bandmembers were still teenagers. However, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic didn't have the Internet when they were kids, so they didn't have the opportunities to jump the queue afforded by websites like MySpace and purevolume, and Cobain's personal demons are nowhere to be found in this young group's tuneful and relatively sunny music.

One of the new generation of bands whose high online profiles led to a relatively quick record deal, Daphne Loves Derby formed in 2002 when a 14-year-old prodigy named Jason Call sent an instant message to high-school sophomore Kenny Choi after he saw Choi's first band play a local party. Choi, a singer and guitarist, accepted Call's invitation to jam with the young bassist and the equally youthful drummer Stu Clay. Fitting rehearsals around their academic schedule (impressively, Call managed to graduate not only from high school, but from college, in time for his 18th birthday), Call, Choi, and Clay made their public debut at a local music festival where they learned just before they went on-stage that there was already another band with their original name; Choi impulsively announced that their new name was Daphne Loves Derby, a meaningless handle that nonetheless stuck.

Daphne Loves Derby's homemade demo and free online downloads showcased the band's blend of winsome popcraft (à la the Shins, whose breathy vocal style Choi fairly approximates) and Death Cab for Cutie-style indie rock, garnering the band enough of a fan base to begin touring. In early 2005, Daphne Loves Derby signed with Outlook Music, a burgeoning indie label owned by Denver Broncos linebacker Trevor Pryce, and released their debut EP, Closing Down the Pattern Department. That EP, which consisted primarily of the songs already available online, was quickly followed by the all-new On the Strength of All Convinced, a more varied and poppier record that included the single "Hammers and Hearts." The band went on tour in North America and Japan soon after, sharing the stage with groups like Copeland, Paulson, House of Fools, Waking Ashland, and Sherwood. A year later, Daphne Loves Derby took a break to put together their second full-length effort. Recorded at the home studio of Panic! At the Disco producer Matt Squire, Goodnight, Witness Light found the band following in the pop-oriented footsteps of their first full-length. Call left the band in order to go to school and pursue missionary work soon after the album was completed. ~ Stewart Mason, Rovi
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Kenny, I gotta say I'm amazed by you and your band please continue because not only do your lyrics mean so much but it's just something you can imagine or love quickly in love with . Pure and happy like the happy pulse ������������
Ha I forgot who sang this song, and what it was even called! So I looked it up and thought, ok, I need to listen to this. (Cuz I love this song.) and I will always love it.
lovelysarcas m
cue the sun needs to go on itunes.
dcsammy0
My name's daphne..... I have never heard of this band before lol ;)
i want u Jason Call!!!!! u r all awesome tho and i love u all!!!!! lol
gintoki484
Haha, Kenny Choi went to Kentwood Highschool where I go! Too bad not many people from my school know who they are. :(
I like how the beginning of the write up compares them to Nirvana and proceeds to talk about how they aren't anything like Nirvana... S**tty writing.
Where's the song Closing Down the Pattern Department?
the real question tho is if daphne loves derby who does derby love?
livster96
Wow! i love the subtle harmony!
Jason, I remember when you were handing out your demos at shows just getting started with DLD. I'm happy to see you guys are doing well! I wish you the best! Your music rocks! Because of DLD highway 18 will never be gone!
Such a good band(:
I LOVE Sundays :D
Kenny = GENIOUS!
Just heard them.. So sweet. (:
godingeneral
I love me some Daphne Loves Derby. I'm from Kent, too, so I'm a tad biased. I wonder what high school they went to. ;D

A note: Kent is NOT small. It's where all the warehouses are for Seattle and the surrounding areas. The population is modest, but the amount of space the town encompasses is huge.
i lovee this band soo effing much there lyrcs just stand out
this bandd is awesome.
especially the song Sun (acoustic).
that song is very good.
i love you guys,
i understand long distance relationship s .
you guys have helped me through a lot
mserrill
love it, and just heard it!
Kent loves Gig Harbor because Gig Harbor is so darn loveable!
rhorlanda
i love this band too sounds really cool!
meelee06
i loved this song a couple seconds after i heard it!
rachelv5
WOW! Amazing!!
Kenny, You are a great songwriter!

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