The second half of the latest overdue reviews attack brings us to Dearling Physique, of whom I would give a little background if it weren’t shrouded in mystery. What we know is that they were founded by the artist known as Domino, who performed solo from 2005 through 2007, before joining with guitarist Matt Vannelli and releasing 2009’s Impressions of the Night EP (available from the link below) in 2009. Drummer Dave Sellner and keyboardist Sean O’Hea were also added to the band in 2009, to create the lineup responsible for Deadeye Dealer, released in January of this year.
Unhelpfully, perhaps, my first point of comparison was with Belgian three-piece Lorraine/Blackroom (their name changed from the former to the latter before the release of 2009’s Pop Noir), but I suspect similar influences; namely Depeche Mode, New Order and similar. Dearling Physique, however, do not declare their influences so explicitly and, if they can be said to do so at all, they take on the darker elements of these bands, injecting their electronic pop with a heavy dose of industrial rock, resulting in an excellent blend that is complex enough to keep me coming back for more yet simple (or, at least, unpretentious) enough to hook me early with each repeat visit.
Plenty of free samples, including the full Impressions of the Night EP are available on the band’s media page. Below is the video for lead-off single Discipline Your Hands: