Deadbeat Darling

Deadbeat Darling
Deadbeat Darling
Origin Brooklyn, New York, USA
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 2006–Present
Labels Deadbeat Records
Spearhavoc Records
Joseph King
Ian Everall
Evan Howard
Mohit Bhansali
Past members
Sanjay Jain
Alex Wong
Julian Mandrake
Johnny Goudie
Brad Byram
Josh Rogers

Deadbeat Darling is a Brooklyn, New York based rock band founded by former Canvas frontman Joseph King. Immediately upon the breakup of Canvas in October 2005, King moved to New York City where he continued to write new songs and play solo gigs around the city. By 2006 King had sculpted a new sound and creative direction, and began playing out with Alex Wong on drums and Sanjay Jain on bass. Billing themselves as "The Joseph King Trio", the band quickly built a strong fanbase in New York and the East Coast as well as periodically playing shows in King's native state of Texas. As the band's popularity grew, they played concerts as far away as California and England. Their sound differs greatly from King's previous band Canvas as it blends several musical genres, most notably rock, surf, reggae and trip hop. In early 2007 the band added a fourth member - Mohit Bhansali on lead guitar. After discussing several band names, the group settled on the name "Deadbeat Darling" which is a lyric from the song "Lover Says it's Late", one of the first songs King wrote upon his arrival in New York. Deadbeat Darling recorded their debut EP Belle Epoch with producer Chris Coady and released it on September 22, 2007.

In the Fall of 2008, Deadbeat Darling began work on a full length album, which was recorded over several months and in various bizarre locations throughout New York City. They mixed the album in Austin, Texas, with veteran producer Lars Goransson, and in January 2009 mastered with Fred Kevorkian in Manhattan. They released their debut LP, titled Weight of Wandering, in June 2009. The release was celebrated with a sold-out show at New York City's esteemed Bowery Ballroom, and ensuing US tour, which included several shows in support of platinum artists Blue October.

In September 2009 original drummer Alex Wong left the band to pursue his project The Paper Raincoat with longtime collaborator Amber Rubarth, and was replaced by drummer Evan Howard. After selling out several venues in NYC including the Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge, in May 2010 they made their first trip to the West Coast, playing the Viper Room and Hotel Utah, and later made their London debut in October of the same year, playing Cobden Club and SoHo House's Wired Showcase. BlackBook Magazine also named Deadbeat Darling one of the Best Bands of CMJ 2010. In March 2011 original bassist Sanjay Jain left the band and was replaced by Ian Everall.

In March 2011 Deadbeat Darling signed with London-based record label Spearhavoc Records. The band recorded their next record at Monnow Valley Studio in Wales with Grammy award winning producer Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Gomez, The Charlatans) in May 2011, and are expected to release the album in January 2012.



  • Joseph King - guitar, lead vocals
  • Ian Everall - bass
  • Mohit Bhansali - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Evan Howard - drums, percussion, effects


Belle Epoch (EP), 2007

  1. Let It Go
  2. What Wicked Woman Wouldn't Do
  3. Brother Brother
  4. Johnny

Weight of Wandering, 2009

  1. Brilliant Broken Glow
  2. All These Beautiful Days (are wasted on me)
  3. Pretty Faces
  4. Let It Go
  5. St. Christopher Candles
  6. Without A Trace
  7. This Paranoia Won't Subside
  8. Picture Perfect World
  9. Portrait Of An Era
  10. Bedroom Ceiling

Radio Play

KLBJ-FM--Austin, TX
WXPK--White Plains, NY
KKSM--San Marcos, CA
Radio Caroline--London, UK


The Real World: Las Vegas Episode 2506 - Picture Perfect World
The Jersey Shore Episode 2.9 "The Dirty Pad" - Without a Trace, Portrait of an Era
Keeping Up with the Kardashians Episode 5.11 - Picture Perfect World
The Spin Crowd - Portrait of an Era
The X-Life - Episode 2 - "It's My World, You Just Live in It" - Bedroom Ceiling
The Jersey Shore - Episode 2.6 "Where's the Beach?" - Brilliant Broken Glow


Monmouth Festival, Monmouth, Wales 2011
South by Southwest 2011
CMJ 2010
South by Southwest 2010
CMJ 2009
South by Southwest 2009
CMJ 2008


External links

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