Darling | photo by Pamela Strohm
Baroness’ Gina Gleason and other metal powerhouses come together for Gothic trio Darling
Philly local and Baroness shredder Gina Gleason is back with a veritable supergroup. Darling is a collaboration between Gleason, Leanne Martz — her bandmate in Misstallica — and Windhand singer Dorthia Cotrell on vocals. They recently released their first track, “Baptists.”
Cotrell said in an Instagram post announcing the new group,
So Gina and Leanne and I have been playing and writing songs together for a little while now just having fun and trying to live out our childhood “all girl band” fantasies haha This is one of the songs we have been working on and we are nervous but excited to share it with you all! Its an honor and a blast to play with these two extremely talented women who I am very lucky to consider two of my best friends.
Martz added in her own post, “I’ve always maintained that nothing is better than playing music with your best friends, and I am happy to have found a new home for my musical head and heart here with Gina and Dorthia.”
“Baptists” hews closer towards folk than the metal perhaps expected of such a group of musicians, but the doom and sludge elements of Windhand and Baroness come through in the haunting, distorted background instrumentation. Cotrell’s ethereal voice is as well-suited to Southern Gothic as it is to the more industrial sounds of Windhand.
“Baptists” is available now on Bandcamp for a pay-what-you-will price. The song was written for one of Cotrell’s friends, and in her honor, all proceeds from the track will go towards the @forthegworlsparty fund, which helps provide rent assistance and gender affirmative surgery to Black members of the transgender community.
Listen to “Baptists” below.