The Darkness

The Darkness

The Darkness are back to save Rock ‘N’ Roll with their unique flamboyant style, the only way they know how. Founded back in 2000, The Darkness blasted onto the scene with one of the sharpest debut albums heard in years. Permission to Land reignited British Rock and brought back the guitar solo to the airwaves that had been long since lost in Grunge and the birth of Nu-Metal.

A band that has lived more than a few lifetimes in their short illustrious Rock history already don’t know the meaning of throwing the towel in. Instead Pinewood Smile sees this crazy quartet return with possibly their finest offering in years. The album is bursting at the seams with blistering guitar riffs, audacious vocal delivery as you would expect from front man Justin Hawkins, is lathered in rich, melodic quality throughout, and delivered as always tongue and cheek by Hawkins in his effortless vocal style.

The album kicks off as always with an instantly memorable hit in ‘All the Pretty Girls’ and from there it’s just lift off! A melting pot of influences and styles from AC/DC to Queen greet you in audible pleasure as the album seamlessly flows from one sizzling track to another. The guys were never one for simplistic riff patterns, but instead treat you to intricate guitar work that has since become their trademark sound.

Songs like ‘All the Pretty Girls’ and ‘Solid Gold’ we already know, but it’s the hidden gems within the album that just make you smile, the frantic ‘Southern Trains’ or the melodic ‘Why Don’t the Beautiful Cry,’ but for many the highlight will be ‘Japanese Prisoner of Love.’ Its thrashing intro and crazy ass lyrics just scream The Darkness through and through. It is a gargantuan sounding track that will undoubtedly be a fan favourite live.

Beautifully produced, it’s an album packed with quality from start to finish. Produced by Grammy Award winning producer Adrian Bushby, it’s obvious he got the very best out of the guys. It’s a real treat to the senses, and confirms the guys are back on top form once again. Yet another signature album from a band that, though they have had their trials and tribulations, have the “cajones” to hit back with the gem that is Pinewood Smile.

To celebrate the release of their comeback album, The Darkness will be touring extensively at the end of this year, playing 17 dates in the UK throughout November and December, including a headline show at London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on December 10th (see dates below). The shows are part of a wider European tour. Full dates can be found at


Pinewood Smile is due for release October 6th through Cooking Vinyl.


Track List

  1. ‘All the Pretty Girls’
  2. ‘Buccaneers of Hispaniola’
  3. ‘Solid Gold’
  4. ‘Southern Trains’
  5. ‘Why Don’t the Beautiful Cry?’
  6. ‘Japanese Prisoner of Love’
  7. ‘Lay Down With Me, Barbara’
  8. ‘I Wish I Was in Heaven’
  9. ‘Happiness’
  • ‘Stampede of Love’


The album will be released on CD, limited edition deluxe CD (featuring four bonus tracks), gatefold heavyweight vinyl, and in both standard and deluxe digital versions.




23/11 – Southampton, O2 Guildhall

24/11 – Manchester, Academy

25/11 – Blackburn, King George’s Hall

27/11 – Leeds, O2 Academy

28/11 – Newcastle, O2 Academy

29/11 – Glasgow, O2 Academy



01/12 – Stoke-On-Trent, Victoria Hall

02/12 – Nottingham, Rock City

03/12 – Norwich, UEA

05/12 – Guildford, G Live

06/12 – Margate, Winter Gardens

07/12 – Southend-On-Sea, Cliffs Pavilion

09/12 – Birmingham, O2 Academy

10/12 – London, Eventim Apollo

11/12 – Brighton, Dome

13/12 – Cardiff, St David’s Hall

14/12 – Bristol, Colston Hall




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. Until July 31st 2017 the film is garnering funding through Indiegogo, with a variety of exclusive pre-order items.


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!”




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