The Darkness have returned with a new track from their upcoming album.
‘Last Of Our Kind’ will be the band’s fourth record to date, following on from ‘Hot Cakes’ in 2012, and will come out June 1. It’s been preceded by lead track ‘Open Fire’, which can be streamed now below.
“The new album is brutal,” frontman Justin Hawkins told Classic Rock. “It’s definitely stripped back — with the exception of some mandolins. But when you’re doing medieval rock, you should have a mandolin on it. And while I wouldn’t say that this is our ‘Rainbow Rising’, we’re definitely exploring the myths of old. It’s medieval rock, but it still sounds like The Darkness. It’s medi-urban, I suppose.…”.
The group have recruited new drummer Emily Dolan Davies (formerly a session musician for Bryan Ferry and Tricky) for the LP. Founding member Ed Graham left the band in late 2014.
Justin Hawkins recently co-wrote a song on Weezer’s latest album, ‘Everything Will Be Alright In The End’, and was selling his old catsuits on Ebay last year.
The ‘Last Of Our Kind’ tracklisting:
‘Last of Our Kind’
‘Wheels of the Machine’
‘Hammer & Tongs’