Indie-rockers are back in old court

Darktown Jubilee
Darktown Jubilee

WHEN it comes to recording Wigan is definitely the place to be for indie-rockers Darktown Jubilee.

The four-piece is counting down to the release of second full-length album City of Light, which like their debut was committed to disc in the borough.

The group, made up of vocalist and guitarist David Boardman, lead guitarist Al Roberts, bassist Stuart Day and drummer Matt Sale, travelled to the studio at The Old Courts to work with acclaimed Wigan musician and producer John Kettle on the follow-up to 2013 debut The World, The Flesh and The Devil.

For guitarist Al, this meant a return to his home borough from the group’s Manchester base as he is from Garswood and also known to Wigan music fans as a member of indie group Signal Aurora.

He said: “We’ve known John for years and we recorded our debut with him.

“It’s great working with him and we always get good results. He gave us a little bit of input and helped out with some of our decisions.

“He’s in great projects himself so it’s a good experience.”

Al says City of Light sees Darktown Jubilee bring a darker, slightly heavier edge to the melodic indie sounds found on their debut

The new recording also represents more of a group writing effort compared to the debut album when the majority of the songs were penned by frontman Dave.

The band cite a wide range of influences from classic Manchester groups such as The Smiths and New Order to contemporary indie-rock acts like The Courteneers and Editors and somewhat heavier rock bands such as Foo Fighters.

Al said: “We decided to see if we could create something slightly different while keeping similar tones and melodies to the first album.

“We still have a definite sound but it’s moving on so this album is its own entity.”

Having launched the album at Manchester’s Deaf Institute last weekend Darktown Jubilee will play live in the region this autumn and Al says they hope to return to The Old Courts after a successful previous outing in support of Serpent Power, made up of former members of The Coral and The Zutons.

City of Light, by Darktown Jubilee, is out now. To find out more about the band visit or search for them on Facebook and Twitter.