The Darkness- Pinewood Smile
The Darkness are back and continue to impress the world of rock. I was excited when I first heard the new single “All the Pretty Girls”. I had the same reaction as I did with “Barbarian” and “Nothing Is Gonna Stop Us.” The first time I heard it I liked it alright, then I listened to it again a day or two later, and loved it, then the 3rd or 4th time I was addicted and felt it was the greatest song in the world. The Darkness have always created catchy singles, but then they really grow into a song you can’t live without, and “All the Pretty Girls” is no different.
Pinewood Smile is a ten track album. On this album they will have a deluxe album with “Rack of Glam” (live video on YouTube) which I think is one of the best songs by The Darkness. This album has all the parts to a great album; catchy rock tunes, a ballad and guitar solos. I also need to say that their newest drummer Rufus Taylor is amazing, and he adds to the vocals. He sings co-lead on “Stampede of Love.” Last time we got to hear from Frankie on “Conquerors.” Every single album The Darkness have shown us how talented they all are.
I’m sure there might be someone disappointed with the album, you cannot please everyone, but this album is up there with the classics. Justin Hawkins has one of the most recognized voices in rock. The moment you hear his iconic vocals, you know its Justin. This is the band that we have been waiting for. If you have not heard of them, it is time. The Darkness lead the rock genre of this decade. I have seen this lineup live, and they can put a show on. Make sure to stay tune for an American tour.
My top picks for this album are “All The Pretty Girls”, “Stampede Of Love” and “Happiness.” The album is total Darkness, and yet very unique from each track and other Darkness albums.
The Darkness – Justin Hawkins (vocals / guitar),
Dan Hawkins (guitar),
Frankie Poullain (bass),
Rufus Tiger Taylor (drums)
Release October 6th through Cooking Vinyl. The album will be available on CD, limited edition Deluxe CD (featuring four bonus tracks), Gatefold Heavyweight Vinyl, and in both Standard and Deluxe digital versions.
ABOUT THE DARKNESS DOCUMENTARY
The full breadth of The Darkness’ legendary rise to the top, spectacular slide to the bottom and steady climb back up the greasy pole of rock n’ roll is soon to be laid bare in glorious detail. Currently in production is a philosophical, darkly humorous and deeply personal documentary of The Darkness’ comeback, due for release in 2018.
The documentary is being created by world-renowned photographer and filmmaker Simon Emmett (Jay Z, Matt Damon, Helen Mirren). He has recorded over 250 hours of footage to date, capturing the past, present, hopes, dreams and inner mental turmoil of The Darkness.
As Justin explains, “As soon as Permission To Land was wrapped up I already knew it was going to be a mega smash. But I also knew that the second album would not be, and that we’d split up, and I knew we’d come back together and I knew the comeback would be fabulous. The fabulous element of the comeback hasn’t materialised as yet, but it’s all a work in progress. To be frank – the story of The Darkness is: years of perspiration, overnight sensation, over-saturation, temporary separation, reunion elation, career renovation, Pinewood Smile creation!”