What do you think of when you think about The Darkness? Falsetto-laden pomp rock with a generous smattering of dick jokes? Catsuits and behind-the-scenes calamity? A series of insanely dizzying highs followed by an increasing series of troubling lows? Since their debut 'Permission To Land' sold 1.5 million copies in the UK, earning them a Reading and Leeds headline spot after just one album, stories have circulated of in-fighting, lineup changes, stints in rehab and financial trouble, after frontman Justin Hawkins, in October 2014, attempted to sell his old catsuits on eBay.
Oh dear. Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey managed to forget his own lyrics at a recent show in Albuquerque, New Mexico, having his brain melt moment midway through a performance of 2006 track 'Millstone'. "Do you have the lyrics on your phone there?" he ended up having to ask a fan in the front row. You had one job, Jesse... Anyways, at least the Long Island band are in good company: tonnes of other good artists have suffered onstage mishaps they'd rather not be reminded of. We asked NME.COM readers to tell us the most embarrassing things they've witnessed a band get up to during a gig.
This week's selection of new bands includes the first new material from former Bos Angeles man Richard Board, going under his new guise of Husband Material, as well as a pick from Tim Burgess (Chastity Belt, who "look like they don't take any shit," according to The Charlatans singer). Elsewhere there's rising London indie kids Inheaven and New Zealand's answer to FKA Twigs, Imugi.
In terms of how music gets released, 2013 was a game changer, and it all started with a little video dropped onto Vevo on David Bowie’s 66th birthday. ‘Where Are We Now?’ stunned not only the singer’s fans but just about everyone else who’d assumed the Thin White Duke had retired or wouldn’t be releasing any new music anytime soon. The announcement there and then that 'The Next Day' was coming and coming soon whetted our appetites in ways that had not been whetted since the digital dawn, and, witnessing the kerfuffle it created, it inevitably inspired music’s biggest players into action.
There's definitely been more written about the Radiohead song of the same name over the years, but for me it was another early '90s single called ‘Creep’ that really impacted my life at the time. The video seemed glued to MTV, and featured three proto-feminist tomboys wearing the kind of silk gowns I'd see wee ladies in Glasgow hairdressers’ chairs sporting in a far less alluring way. TLC were a trio who appeared real proof of my mother's constant advice that you have to make the best of what you’re given.