02 Dec 2005

The Darkness offer One Way Ticket

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British glam rockers The Darkness have released their sophomore album titled One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back. Frontman Justin Hawkins told us that the quartet is keeping alive a musical tradition that was once all the rage in their native land:

"There was a time when there was a lot of people doing this, but then, you know, something comes along like Nirvana and it changes everything. And then, you know, you find a formula that works and sells, and suddenly the Internet comes and people stop buying records and it's a shrinking industry and you can't take chances. But we've just done our own thing and continued to do that in just a really bloody-minded way."

One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back introduces new bassist Richie Edwards, a former guitar tech for the group who replaced original bassist Frankie Poullain earlier this year.

The new disc follows up the band's 2003 debut, Permission To Land, which has sold 3.5 million copies worldwide.

The Darkness has yet to announce North American tour plans.

Credit: www.therockradio.com
02 Dec 2005

Darkness party album's just the ticket

+ posted by FlamingWhopper

British breakout band the Darkness sold 3.5 million copies of its debut, 2003's ''Permission to Land." It was driven by the ubiquitous hit single ''I Believe in a Thing Called Love," in which singer Justin Hawkins channeled the soaring falsetto of Queen's late lead singer Freddie Mercury and playfully aped the glam-rock image of other British rock acts from the '70s and '80s.
02 Dec 2005

Review: The Darkness' 'One Way Ticket ...'

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The Darkness, "One Way Ticket to Hell ... And Back" (Atlantic)

A power ballad about cafeteria workers' wobbly appendages? A five-and-a-half minute hair metal melange? An anti-cocaine glam rock anthem? Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's all included in your "One Way Ticket to Hell ... And Back," the sophomore CD from The Darkness, a ragtag band of English lads who throw light on irony with the rockstar flash of Queen and multifaceted panache of Led Zeppelin.
02 Dec 2005

Rollingstone.com review

+ posted by FlamingWhopper

"It's such a fine line between stupid and clever," singer-guitarist David St. Hubbins points out in This Is Spinal Tap. Justin Hawkins -- singer-guitarist-songwriter of British throwback-metal band the Darkness -- dances all over that line with outrageous aplomb in "Bald," a hilarious melodrama about a rock god's worst nightmare and the best song on the Darkness' eccentrically flawed second album. Surrounded by catfighting guitars cloned from Thin Lizzy's 1976 LP Jailbreak, Hawkins brings the terror in brazen rhyme ("follicle" and "diabolical") and piles on the vocal harmonies, turning his banshee squeal into a warrior horde of Kate Bushes. Hawkins is still in full possession of his own mane; the song is about some other poor bastard ("His hair, at an alarming pace/Running away from his face"). Still, Hawkins is shivering in his zebra-striped spandex, like he's dodged a bullet. His singing is so over-the-top -- "Tonight, thank God it's him instead of me" -- you can smell the fear.
01 Dec 2005

Print Versions

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Articles in the 'Interviews' section now have a link for printing without the extra bits on the side and wot not. Also handy for those with disabilities as it is pretty much 'pure text'.

Hopefully I'll find a way of making the text bigger for some of the website users wink

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