It’s surely not too bold or brash a statement to suggest that Darling BOY is the most intriguing and precocious young man in popular music today.
Darling BOY, or Alexander Gold, (for that is his given name) is an entirely self-taught – and entirely self-confident – multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and actor. In 2016, he starred alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ Joe Strummer as The Clash’s Topper Headon in the feature film ‘London Town’, and more recently played Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan of Small Faces and The Faces in the smash hit musical, ‘All Or Nothing’ in London’s West End.
He’s a member of The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra, been a guest of Dolly Parton in deepest Tennessee and asked to join two – two! – of Libertines mainman Carl Barât’s bands. He’s been a member of Joey Ramone’s favourite band of all time, got talked out of setting up a London squat by Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, and been taken out for dinner by Moby.
As if all that wasn’t enough, Alex has also joined Supergrass’ Danny Goffey’s new band, switching between bass, guitar and drums.
“I bought my first Supergrass record in my teens after hearing ‘Richard III’ and thinking “fuck me, that drummer’s good”, Alex explains. “They were obviously a great band (and, uniquely among their peers, always remained so), but being a new drummer myself and totally obsessed with the instrument it was Danny Goffey’s playing that hooked me in. To be asked to join the band is completely mental.”