RELEASE NEW ALBUM PINEWOOD SMILE OUT TODAY
‘”Killer tunes’”– Q ★★★★
“Justin Hawkins is a classic rock star”– Herald Sun
“Return to top form’”– Mojo ★★★★
“A triumphant comeback’”– Planet Rock ★★★★
“A national treasure’”- Kerrang!
“The Darkness are untouchable” – Classic Rock
England’s most distinctive, multiple award-winning, platinum-selling, hugely entertaining rock gods – and one-time saviours of rock’n’roll turned national pleasures – The Darkness are back with their fifth album Pinewood Smile, out today through Cooking Vinyl.
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Pinewood Smile finds The Darkness in electrifying form, delivering some of the most sharp-witted, infectious and downright brilliant songs of their career, and is being greeted with rave reviews, including 4 stars in the brand new issues of Q, Planet Rock and Mojo magazines.
Watch the video for their latest single Southern Trains here:
Addressing the new album and The Darkness’ undoubted relevance in 2017, Justin asks, somewhat rhetorically of the world at large, “Why should anybody care? Because if you don’t, we’re fucked!! History will remember us as the apathetic generation who negligently ushered in a dreadful dystopian age that may or may not come to be known as ‘The Rise of the Arseclowns’. We cannot allow this to continue! You may not give a shit about Brexit or Trump, but PLEASE… give a shit about The Darkness otherwise the last bastion of cultural sensibility will fall and our airwaves will be polluted by meaningless pop purveyed by arseholes and morons… Oh wait!”
Returning to save our airwaves from mediocre, auto-tuned tweens and that awful, throbby EDM shite, the album Pinewood Smile finds The Darkness on electrifying form, delivering some of the most sharp-witted, infectious, humorous and downright brilliant songs of their career.
In addition to the cerebral treatise of All The Pretty Girls, the album boasts the swashbucklingBuccaneers Of Hispaniola, the expletive-strewn howl of frustration that is Southern Trains, the hugely emotional Why Don’t The Beautiful Cry?, the globally anthemic Japanese Prisoner Of Love, and the ode to pumping out smash hit after smash hit Solid Gold, which finds The Darkness addressing the turbulent nature of the music industry and how they have enjoyed its flamboyant highs and spectacular lows.
Written in Putney, recorded in Cornwall and produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse), the compositions have all the crucial elements of classic Darkness fare, but with added layers for the ears to peel away at… like a sonic onion but a lot tastier. It also features the drumming and vocal talents of gorgeous new band member Rufus Tiger Taylor, son of Queen legend Roger Taylor, who shares vocal duties with Justin on two of the tracks.
THE DARKNESS ARE:
Justin Hawkins – vocals & guitar / Dan Hawkins – guitar
Frankie Poullain – bass / Rufus Tiger Taylor – drums
PINEWOOD SMILE TRACK LISTING:
- All The Pretty Girls
02. Buccaneers Of Hispaniola
03. Solid Gold
04. Southern Trains
05. Why Don’t The Beautiful Cry?
06. Japanese Prisoner Of Love
07. Lay Down With Me, Barbara
08. I Wish I Was In Heaven
10. Stampede Of Love