A veteran of the Australian music scene, having completed stints as a supporting guitarist and keyboard player for the Lucksmiths, the Simpletons, the Deerhunters, and Mick Thomas, singer/songwriter Darren Hanlon officially stepped out on his own in 1999.
A charming and clever songwriter, drawing comparisons to Evan Dando and Billy Bragg, Hanlon wasted little time in establishing himself as a compelling songwriter with his observational wit and memorable pop hooks. Releasing his Early Days EP in 2000, he quickly gained recognition within the Australian indie music scene (his album topping the country's independent charts) and began touring Europe and the United States shortly thereafter. In 2002, his full-length debut, Hello Stranger, a wonderful mix of folk-rock and quirky songwriting, was released to comparably favorable reviews. Little Chills arrived in 2004, followed by Fingertips & Mountaintops (2006), and a collection of B-sides and rarities called Pointing Ray Guns at Pagans (2009). In September of 2010, Hanlon released I Will Love You at All for his new label home Yep Roc. It would be five years before Hanlon returned with his next full length. Where Did You Come From? surfaced in early 2015, a collection of storytelling tunes realized during a trip through the United States, including an extensive artist's residency in Washington. ~ Matt Fink