December 21, 2011 7:33
The Darkness confirm new album is 'almost finished'
Justin Hawkins and co aiming for a March 17 release for first album since 2005
Singer Justin Hawkins revealed that the band are expecting to finish the record, their first since 2005's 'One Way Ticket To Hell… And Back' next month. He added that he wants to release the album on his birthday, March 17.
He told Billboard.com:
[We've got] nine of the required songs done, all finished, all sounding shining and good. We've got about two weeks of recording in January, and bits of it are already going off to be mixed even as we speak, so it's kind of nearly finished now.
Hawkins' brother Dan added that the band had been looking to return to the "more organic rock sounds" of their 2003 debut 'Permission To Land', which spawned hit singles 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love' and 'Love Is Only A Feeling'.
"Rather than a big-name producer we decided to do it ourselves, as per the first record. We just wanted to develop the songs and make sure they were really spot-on and basically take a minimal approach across the board - apart from when we needed to go really over the top," he explained.
The Darkness reunited with their original line-up earlier this year for a clutch of live shows, including a slot at Download festival.
Justin Hawkins originally left the band in 2006 after being admitted to a rehab clinic to deal with well publicised substance abuse problems.
Scroll down and click below for an exclusive backstage clip of the band preparing to go onstage at this year's Download festival.
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