Since entering the Australian music scene in 2003, Yorta Yorta descendent Scott Darlow has been a mainstay of Australia’s Indigenous and independent music industry. The versatile singer-songwriter, guitarist, and didgeridoo player has sold more than 50,000 albums worldwide and has extensively toured Australia, Asia and the USA.
Darlow has released four albums to-date; two with his first band “The Darlow Show,” and most recent as a solo artist. His landmark album, Sorry, released November 2016 to critical acclaim with Rolling Stone describing the album as, “…front-foot rock, oozing in confidence and honesty…with originals that cross the spectrum from country to heartland rock, to more traditional pop, all unified by Darlow’s passionate, anthemic approach.” His first single from the album is a cover of Goanna’s 1982 hit, “Solid Rock,” and features Goanna frontman and writer Shane Howard. The song reached #6 on the Australian iTunes charts and became most played rock song on Australian radio in February 2016 with heavy rotation on Rock radio network, Triple M. The second single on the record, Down Like Flies was in June 2016 added to radio stations all over the UK and South Africa. In January 2017, the albums title track, Sorry, was added across the board nationally on rock radio network Triple M.
2018 saw Darlow write new music with legends such as Mark Lizotte (Diesel), Kav Temperly (Eskimo Joe) Craig Pilkington (The Killjoys) Judd Field (Melbourne Gospel Choir) and Andrew Kitchen (Antiskeptik). In September 2018, at the request of the head of the Triple M network Mike FitzPatrick, Darlow collaborated with Aussie music icons Sarah Mcleod (The Superjesus) Todd Hunter (Dragon) multiple Golden Guitar winner Adam Brand and Southern Sons frontman Jack Jones to form The Droughtbreakers. Spearheaded by Darlow, the superband released a cover of the Dragon classic “Rain” and released it as a fundraise for Aussie farmers who were drought affected. Within a week of its release, the song had hit #6 on the Aussie ARIA singles charts, #2 on the itunes charts and #1 on the itunes rock charts. January 2019 saw Darlow and his band head out as part of the Oneworld Entertainment festival “Under the Southern Stars”. Along with the Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I, Eskimo Joe, Shepherd, The Superjesus, British India and the Getaway Plan, Darlow and his band rocked crowds all over the country. In October of 2019, Darlow released his single “Forgotten Australia” (a co-write with eskimo Joe frontman Kav Temperley) to radio and saw it quickly added to rock stations all over the country on both the Triple M network and a hosts of regional and independent stations. This release coincided with Darlow scoring a coveted spot, opening for Aussie music legend Jimmy Barnes on a selection of shows as a part of his “shutting down our town” tour. Darlow then opened for Eskimo Joe on their Aussie East Coast tour in November 2019. In June of 2020, Darlow released his newest offering, You Can’t See Black in the Dark. An anthemic rock song about race relations, written from his perspective as an Aboriginal man. The song was produced by hit maker Joel Quartermain and features Karnivool and Birds of Tokyo frontman Ian Kenny. You Cant See Black in the Dark was added to every Triple M station in Australia across the board the day it was released, and within 4 hours of its first play on the radio was sitting at #2 on the itunes rock charts. Following the success of You Cant See Black in The Dark, Darlow was signed as the first act to Michael Gudinski’s new record label “Reclusive Records”. Along with his band, he played You Cant See Black in the Dark live on the ABC’s show “The Sound”. The third single from Darlow’s forthcoming EP, Bind the hands of time, was released in October 2020 and again was added to rock radio nation wide across the board, with Triple M playing it nation wide. 2021 saw Reclusive Records re release Forgotten Australia with a brand new video, which features John Butler, Otis Carey, Kyle Chalmers, Myf Warhurst, Anthony Koutafidies, Robert Dipierdomenico and Shelley Ware. The song was quickly re added to rock radio playlists around Australia upon its re release.
Darlow is a passionate Indigenous activist and World Vision spokesperson, regularly speaking in 100+ schools globally each year, as well as corporate Australia about his indigenous culture, Australian history, racial tolerance, harmony and important social matters. His key word “FLUTE” (Forgiveness, Love, Understanding, Tolerance and Empathy) has become so popular that schools and businesses have included it in their curriculums and charters.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
“Down Like Flies is an upbeat guitar driven rock track, which is in contrast to its bleak inspiration. There is a depth and earnest emotion to the lyrics, and the song is thought provoking in all the right ways.” – Beat Magazine
“Scott Darlow has called in his many years of songwriting, performing and championing the cause of Indigenous Australians and put it all into a splendidly dexterous and amorphous work for these times.” – Foldback Magazine
Darlow leaves no space for subtly on Sorry, spreading his plainspoken prose equally across introspective evaluations and — as expected, given his history as an indigenous activist and World Vision spokesperson — a prominent political edge. – Rolling Stone Australia
“…this record is an immensely satisfying and consistent listen…” – Killyourstereo.com
“This unique blend of country, rock & pop allows Darlow to stand in a league of his own.” – Rhythms Magazine
“I have believed in Scott Darlow for many years and it feels incredibly fitting that the first release for Reclusive is Scott’s extremely poignant and timely song ‘You Can’t See Black In The Dark’ which will lead into a very strong EP in the next couple of months.” Michael Gudinski
“His debut UK release “Down like Flies” is an anthem for the forgotten and brings with it the ever important message of never losing hope. With recent world events, the message is more relevant than ever.” – The Moshville Times
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