Soft and raspy, poetic and bouncy, Michael Llewellyn with his five-piece backing band the Darlings will play at the Leigh Sawmill Café on July 7.
The gig is part of a nationwide OMD Diaries tour, following up on the success of his debut record Oh My Darling.
Recorded in his shoebox bedroom with carpet drenched in guitar leads and off cuts, the album includes tracks like Mikaela, who becomes everyone’s break-up girl, and the addictive Whangamatā.
Some have described the album as a dramatic novella with words at the centre and the music swirling around the narrative. Its success has allowed Llewellyn to build a solid grassroots following.
“I opened my heart and invited the listener in to share my battles with love and pain,” he says. “It was an emotional journey as if we sat down together, almost as if I had read them my diary.”
Llewellyn and the Darlings are quickly setting themselves apart from the Aotearoa indie scene. Whether it be intimate and seated or sweaty and loud, their live show promises to tug at the mind and soul.
They will do nine shows throughout the motu and fans are told to look out for the single Kauri Tree dropping at the end of this year.
Originally from Warkworth, Llewellyn went to Kaipara Flats Primary and Mahurangi College, but now lives in Wellington.