The Darkness have released the highly entertaining, tongue-in-cheek video for their brand new single ‘All The Pretty Girls’, out now through Cooking Vinyl.
Introducing the video in his own inimitable manner, frontman Justin Hawkins proclaims, “Dear People of the Internet. We have made this excellent video to distract you from the humdrum banality of existence. By looking at film of The Darkness preening and cavorting, you will be transported to an unattainable world of awesomeness. Furthermore, we recommend that you purchase our new record album, for which the above video serves as an amuse-bouche. Enjoy!”
The video finds England’s most distinctive, multiple award-winning, platinum-selling rock gods performing ‘All The Pretty Girls’ along the beautifully overcast Cornish shoreline. They embrace the typical British summer by rocking out whilst playing tennis, going on a band banana boat ride, travelling on a tractor and even attempting guitar solos while surfing, amongst other suitably seaside-like japes.
‘All The Pretty Girls’ was released last month to great acclaim and all round fabulous excitement, heralding their magnificent new album, entitled Pinewood Smile, which is released on October 6th. The single is available on all streaming platforms and also available for download with pre-orders of the album for the instant gratification of fans. Click here for details: https://TheDarkness.lnk.to/PS
The album finds The Darkness on electrifying form, delivering some of the most sharp-witted, infectious, humorous and downright brilliant songs of their career.
The album is also the first to feature the drumming and vocal talents of new band member Rufus Tiger Taylor, son of Queen legend Roger Taylor, who shares vocal duties with Justin on two of the tracks, and gets roundly pelted with tennis balls in the ‘All The Pretty Girls’ video… as is only right and proper for the new boy!
To celebrate the release of Pinewood Smile, 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 http://www.thedarknesslive.com/tour-dates/
THE DARKNESS UK TOUR DATES NOVEMBER
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
2003 gave birth to one of the most extraordinary and best loved bands in the UK. The Darkness released their debut album Permission To Land to overnight success, topping the UK charts, going 5x Platinum and selling over 1.5 MILLION copies in the UK alone. It spawned a series of hit singles including ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’, ‘Growing On Me’, ‘Get Your Hands Off My Woman’ and ‘Love Is Only A Feeling’. It clocked up a series of awards including three BRIT Awards, two Kerrang Awards and an Ivor Novello for ‘Songwriters Of The Year’ amongst many others.
The Darkness played a number of landmark shows, including a headline set at the 2004 Reading & Leeds Festivals, as part of a whirlwind career of global touring as international sensations. The band then built upon the success of their debut with their 2005 follow upOne Way Ticket To Hell… And Back, which produced the Top 10 hit ‘One Way Ticket’.
In 2006 Justin Hawkins left the band, checking into rehab and The Darkness fell apart. Following successful treatment, the band reformed in 2011 touring Europe and South America in 2012 with Lady Gaga. They released their comeback album Hot Cakes that year and Last Of Our Kind in 2015.
The band have now returned in 2017 with Pinewood Smile, their first album to come through Cooking Vinyl. Ahead of the album’s announcement, The Darkness toured Europe in support of Guns N’ Roses and are playing a number of festivals in the UK and Europe during the summer.
The Darkness will be releasing a documentary in 2018, created with the world renowned photographer and filmmaker Simon Emmett (Jay Z, Matt Damon, Helen Mirren) detailing the full breadth of the band’s 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.