The Darkness Release New Single ‘Solid Gold’ Ahead Of Album ‘Pinewood Smile’

Released through Cooking Vinyl, The Darkness’ new single, ‘Solid Gold’ is accompanied by a video of the band performing in a huge aircraft hangar, surrounded by a mass of Marshall speaker stacks and lit by glam-rock lighting.

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The band comprising Justin Hawkins on vocals & guitar, Dan Hawkins on guitar, Frankie Poullain on bass and Rufus Tiger Taylor on drums, are not ones to do anything by halves. They proclaimed themselves to be rock legends, and take no prisoners with their song, aiming directly at the music industry, while addressing record companies, egos, and the insincerity that comes with it all.
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Frontman Justin Hawkins says of ‘Solid Gold’:
“We have written this song to reassure you all that having now released more music in the period after our well publicised hiatus than in the period before it, we have no intention whatsoever of stopping. Hence the lyric “We’re never gonna stop… Shitting out solid gold”. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, The Darkness will always be here to delight and beguile. You’re welcome.”
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Lyrically they pull no punches, such as this delight for the ears of A&R people everywhere:
“There’s a guy coming down from Sony
Artist and Repertoire
If he likes what he hears in those stupid ears
I can buy myself a faster car
Blowing smoke up our arses
Everything we do is ace
He wants to wine and dine us
He’s desperate to sign us
Cos we melted his fucking face”
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‘Solid Gold’ is the latest single from The Darkness’ forthcoming album, ‘Pinewood Smile’ which will be out October 6 through Cooking Vinyl. It follows on from the autobiographical lead single, ‘All The Pretty Girls’.
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Both singles are now available on all streaming platforms, and are available to download as instant gratification tracks with pre-orders of the album. See here for further details.
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The Darkness will be embarking on a 17 date UK tour through November and December in support of ‘Pinewood Smile’, including a headline show at London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on December 10. The shows are part of a wider European tour, with all dates able to be found here.
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