The Darkness talk drugs

The band find redemption in new album

The Darkness have revealed that upcoming single ‘One Way Ticket’ is a song of redemption from drugs.

The track, which is due for release on November 14, features a pan-flute intro immediately followed by the sound of someone cutting-up and snorting a line of cocaine.

“It’s a song of redemption, really,” singer Justin Hawkins said. “It talks about drugs, the inevitable downward slide into hell, and how it’s never too late to turn back.”

Hawkins has also revealed further details about The Darkness’ upcoming album ‘One Way Ticket To Hell… And Back’, which will hit the shops on November 28.

Tracks set to appear on the follow-up to 2003’s debut ‘Permission To Land’ include ‘Bald’, which the singer describes as a “massive cock-rock epic” and “a super-powerful song about losing your virility” as well as the song ‘Dinner Lady Arms’.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Hawkins said: “That’s just a sweet story about an elderly couple who get back together after a long time. I suppose it’s an English thing, ‘dinner lady arms’, but the lady who serves you lunch at school tends to have these flaps of skin on the underside of her arms.”

He added: “And the song also talks about the man being bald and sullen — so it’s about finding something that you’re attracted to that doesn’t age, you know?”

For the recording of ‘One Way Ticket To Hell… And Back’, The Darkness teamed up with producer Roy Thomas Baker – most famous for his work with Foreigner and The Cars – at Rockfield Studios in Wales, the location for Queen‘s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ sessions.

Hawkins praised Baker’s production, saying: “He was right on the money. Bang on the money. He’s brilliant, with a fantastic ear, and I don’t ever want to work with another producer. He’s hilariously wonderful, and he drank a lot of champagne and made us laugh.”