The Darkness // Motorheart // Album Review


You know it’s a good day when The Darkness’ latest album Motorheart lands on your desk, what collection of veritable delights awaits me inside this little package? 

I do love a bit o’ The Darkness, I’ll never forget hearing them for the very first time, and for me that’s a rare thing, where you can absolutely remember where you were when you heard a band for the very first time. For me it upstairs whilst working for Carphone Whorehouse (Yes I spelt that right) doing paperwork and Radio 1 was on, and I think it was Jo Whiley playing it to Dave Grohl for the very first time, so, me and Dave were riding this rollercoaster together and both of us were left dumbfounded by the majesty of ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love”. 

What a rollercoaster it has been since these guys have literally done it all and are back again with another beauty in the form of Motorheart. What can you expect from a Darkness album? The unexpected! ‘Welcome To Glasgae’ reminds you of that right from the off, don’t ever feel comfortable, don’t assume you know what’s going on, just accept we’re all living in some kind of simulation controlled by Justin Hawkins and you’ll get through this. 

‘It’s Love Jim’ slams in bringing us back to earth with its delicious slice of high paced rock, frantic and furious it hits you right between the eyes and you just know this is gonna sound absolutely killer live! The albums title track ‘Motorheart’ is up next with its disjointed vibe that as always challenges your senses, how these guys come up with this stuff is beyond me, but if you like a bit of Tube You check out Justin’s latest offering “Justin Hawkin’s Rides Again” to delve into the mind of this very unique and talented individual. 

‘Jussy’s Girl’ reminds us that there is always a sense of humour buried within the walls of blistering hard-rock riffage, stellar vocals and rock-solid musicianship. The mark that The Darkness have made on the industry and the bands that have followed in their footsteps like The Struts etc can’t be properly measured but there just ain’t enough crazy in the music industry today, it’s all gone a little flat. So we have to take time to appreciate those who dare to be different, the rule-breakers and musical deviants that just love to deliver a middle finger to conformity, God bless The Darkness. Or Hail Satan! (whatever side of the fence you are on) 

Motorheart Drops this Friday, Nov 19th courtesy of Cooking Vinyl & is available for pre-order from the band’s Official Store


MOTORHEART tracklisting:
Welcome Tae Glasgae
It’s Love, Jim
The Power And The Glory Of Love
Jussy’s Girl
Sticky Situations
Nobody Can See Me Cry
Speed Of The Nite Time
You Don’t Have To Be Crazy About Me… But It Helps *
It’s A Love Thang (You Wouldn’t Understand) *
So Long *

* – bonus deluxe tracks

The Darkness will be showcasing the live potency of Motorheart on their extensive 22-date UK headline tour throughout November and December this year. A true spectacle to behold, fans will be treated to brand new songs from the album as well as hits from across their award-winning, platinum selling back catalogue. Support comes from Massive Wagons and tickets for all shows are available here.




17th – Brighton Dome, Brighton
19th – Winter Gardens, Margate
20th – O2 Academy, Bournemouth
21st – Cliffs Pavillion, Southend
23rd – UEA, Norwich
24th – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
26th – The Hexagon, Reading
27th – The Great Hall, Cardiff
29th – The Great Hall, Exeter
30th –  G Live, Guilford

2nd – O2 Academy, Liverpool
3rd – Academy, Manchester
4th – Bonus Arena, Hull
6th – The Victoria, Stoke-on-Trent
7th – O2 Academy, Bristol
9th – Barrowlands, Glasgow
10th – O2 Academy, Newcastle
11th – O2 Academy, Leeds
13th – Rock City, Nottingham
14th – O2 Academy, Birmingham
16th – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
17th – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London



The Darkness // Motorheart // Album Review
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