Justin Hawkins of The Darkness says the band were too ‘demanding’ for former drummer

Emily Davies left the band earlier this year

Justin Hawkins of The Darkness has said that the band were too “demanding” for former drummer Emily Davies, who quit earlier this year.

As previously reported, Davies (pictured above, prior to her departure) has been replaced in the band by new drummer Rufus Taylor, the son of Queen member Roger Taylor.

Speaking to Kerrang!, Hawkins said there was no problem with Davies but that they merely had different priorities. “We love Emily. She’s a great drummer and a nice person, but it broke down because she couldn’t be available for everything we needed. I think we’re quite a demanding band to be in.”


Meanwhile, Hawkins was full of praise for new drummer Taylor. “It felt like a revelation,” he said of the drummer’s arrival in the band. “We had a lot of mutual friends, and as it would turn out, Brian May’s guitar tech put him forward for the gig. There’s something really special about his drumming. So, yeah, we want to work with him for as long as we can. This is The Darkness, though, so things can change in a heartbeat.”

The Darkness recently announced details of a full UK tour for later in 2015. The band will release ‘Last Of Our Kind’, their fourth record, on June 1. It follows on from 2012’s ‘Hot Cakes’.

Justin Hawkins and co will play a series of shows in support of the new LP during November and December. Scroll down to see the dates in full.

The Darkness play:

Norwich Open (November 30)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (December 1)
Newcastle O2 Academy (4)
Glasgow O2 Academy (5)
Leeds O2 Academy (9)
Manchester Academy (10)
Birmingham O2 Academy (11)
Bristol O2 Academy (13)
Southampton O2 Guildhall (14)
Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion (15)
Bournemouth O2 Academy (17)
Oxford O2 Academy (19)
London Roundhouse (20)

Watch an NME.COM interview with Justin Hawkins below.