Press Kit



Band Name: Darling Waste
Album Name: The Skeleton Key
Release Date: Aug 11th, 2017
Label: Imminence Records
Recommended Songs:
I am the Villain,
Hurt Before,How I Spent My Summer Vacation
My Chemical Romance, Brand New, Too Close to Touch




  1. Preludes and Nocturnes
  2. Sing Along Time
  3. I am the Villain
  4. How to Avoid Large Ships
  5. Hurt Before
  6. How I Spent My Summer Vacation
  7. Grand Guignol
  8. Hearts and Daggers
  9. Shattered/Devine
  10. Dead at 27
  11. The Same Old Song
  12. Etheric Revenants

Band Members:

Lance Waste – Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keys, Programming
Madeline Hoyle – Guitar, Bass
Donnie Talbott – Drums
Gianni Appicciafuoco – Guitar (Studio)
Kelli Stilgenbauer – Bass (Live)

Quote about the album: 

Lance Waste: “This album was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. It took four years to write and record. I almost gave up on it several times.

The album weaves in and out of itself lyrically. Each song on this album has a companion song as well. Touring the world for three years straight ended with me getting detained and removed from England, where I was living at the time. I was super depressed. I was cut off from my band, my girlfriend and all of my belongings. I went to Myrtle Beach and spent the summer being massivly self destructive, which is the song “How I Spent Me Summer Vacation” then the summer ends and the romance falls apart in “How To Avoid Large Ships”, “Sing along Time”, “Dead at 27” and “The Same Old Song” all tackle the subject of growing up and maturing in the music scene, while “I am the Villain” is a response to a poisonus relationship and “Hurt Before” is the events that came right after the events in Villain. Each song is a story from the past couple years of my life, written in real time as they were happening. The toughest song to write and perform is”Shattered/Divine” , which is my besdside plea to my mother to wake up while she was in a coma.”





Darling Waste began in Cleveland, Ohio. Chasing the dream to New York City, Darling Waste evolved into a 4-piece “mobile rock unit” and hit the road. After 700+ shows in 11 countries, & an incomprehensible number of miles & hours spent wearing out 10 vans, the band has built a fiercely loyal army of devoted fans. After selling close to 13,000 records without a record label or distribution, the industry has also taken note. The band’s music has been featured on MTV, VH1, Showtime and Miramax distributed films, and has been played in rotation on over 150 radio stations internationally. These accomplishments are a direct result of Darling Waste spending years paying their dues: battling the elements, stints of homelessness, instrument thefts and broken hands, feet and jaws while playing self-booked tours of basements, VFW halls, and dimly lit clubs.

The release of Darling Waste’s critically acclaimed 2009 album ” I Am Born” saw the band nominated for a British Music Week Award & invited to the Brighton Music Awards, where they were co-presenters with Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin and Roger Daltrey of The Who.  Darling Waste’s latest release “The Skeleton Key”, takes their signature blend of introspective, honest lyrics and lush indie rock arrangements to new emotional heights. This emotional intensity can be heard in the album’s singles, “I Am The Villain”, “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” and “Hurt Before”, songs that show the members of Darling Waste are proud to wear their hearts on their sleeves.

Darling Waste’s music and lyrics come across best during the band’s dynamic live show where the line between artist and fan becomes blurred. It is this connection that manifests itself in fans bringing homemade shirts & signs to the concert or sharing a post show meal with the band. Dozens of fans have gone as far as having the bands logo tattooed on them as a sign of permanent devotion, proving there is no such thing as a casual Darling Waste fan. The band’s working class mentality, dynamic live show, and fan connection have afforded Darling Waste opportunities to play several US and UK festivals and share the stage with Blink 182, Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, Bayside, Dashboard Confessional, Yellowcard, Saves the Day, Something Corporate, Secondhand Serenade, Aiden, Saliva, The Ataris, Norma Jean and many others.


Management: Heart Riot –
Label: Imminence Records
PR: Jesea Lee –

Twitter: @darlingwaste