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The Darkness Is Back With New Track “All The Pretty Girls”

England’s most distinctive, multiple award-winning, platinum-selling, hugely entertaining rock gods – and one-time saviors of rock’n’roll turned national pleasures – The Darkness are back with their fifth album Pinewood Smile, due for release October 6th through Cooking Vinyl.

Marking the announcement, the band has today unveiled the spectacular album opener “All The Pretty Girls” across all streaming platforms. It’s also available for download with pre-orders of the album for the instant gratification of fans.

“All The Pretty Girls” is a glorious, hard-rockin’, autobiographical anthem intellectually examining the fact that when you’re a rock star you get a lot of attention from ladies and discussing the ethical conundrums that come with that.

As Justin Hawkins so eloquently sings with trouser-splitting vocal magnificence; “All the pretty girls, like me for who I am / All the pretty girls, when the record goes platinum / Plenty of action, massive attraction, when you’re selling out stadiums / All the pretty girls… and their mums”. 

Addressing the forthcoming album and The Darkness’ undoubted relevance in 2017, Justin asks, somewhat rhetorically of the world at large, “Why should anybody care? Because if you don’t, we’re fucked!! History will remember us as the apathetic generation who negligently ushered in a dreadful dystopian age that may or may not come to be known as ‘The Rise of the Arseclowns’. We cannot allow this to continue! You may not give a shit about Brexit or Trump, but PLEASE… give a shit about The Darkness otherwise the last bastion of cultural sensibility will fall and our airwaves will be polluted by meaningless pop purveyed by arseholes and morons… Oh wait!”

In addition to the cerebral treatise of “All The Pretty Girls”, the album boasts the swashbuckling “Buccaneers Of Hispaniola”, the expletive-strewn howl of frustration that is “Southern Trains”, the hugely emotional “Why Don’t The Beautiful Cry?”, the globally anthemic “Japanese Prisoner Of Love”, and the ode to pumping out smash hit after smash hit “Solid Gold”, which finds The Darkness addressing the turbulent nature of the music industry and how they have enjoyed its flamboyant highs and spectacular lows.

Written in Putney, recorded in Cornwall and produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse), the compositions have all the crucial elements of classic Darkness fare, but with added layers for the ears to peel away at… like a sonic onion but a lot tastier. It also features the drumming and vocal talents of gorgeous new band member Rufus Tiger Taylor, son of Queen legend Roger Taylor, who shares vocal duties with Justin on two of the tracks.

To celebrate the release of their comeback album Pinewood Smile, The Darkness will be touring extensively at the end of this year playing 17 dates in the UK throughout November and December including a headline show at London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on December 10th (see dates below). The shows are part of a wider European tour, full dates can be found at http://www.thedarknesslive.com/tour-dates/

The Darkness has returned revitalized, re-energized and ready to take the world by the balls once again with Pinewood Smile.

  1. All The Pretty Girls
  2. Buccaneers Of Hispaniola
  3. Solid Gold
  4. Southern Trains
  5. Why Don’t The Beautiful Cry?
  6. Japanese Prisoner Of Love
  7. Lay Down With Me, Barbara
  8. I Wish I Was In Heaven
  9. Happiness
  10. Stampede Of Love

The album will be released on CD, limited edition Deluxe CD (featuring four bonus tracks), Gatefold Heavyweight Vinyl, cassette and in both Standard and Deluxe digital versions.

11/23 – Southampton, O2 Guildhall
11/24 – Manchester, Academy
11/25 – Blackburn, King George’s Hall
11/27 – Leeds, O2 Academy
11/28 – Newcastle, O2 Academy
11/29 – Glasgow, O2 Academy

12/1 – Stoke-On-Trent, Victoria Hall
12/2 – Nottingham, Rock City
12/3  – Norwich, UEA
12/5 – Guildford, G Live
12/6 – Margate, Winter Gardens
12/7 – Southend-On-Sea, Cliffs Pavilion
12/9 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
12/10 – London, Eventim Apollo
12/11 – Brighton, Dome
12/13 – Cardiff, St David’s Hall
12/14 – Bristol, Colston Hall

2003 gave birth to one of the most extraordinary and best-loved bands in the UK. The Darkness released their debut album Permission To Land to overnight success, topping the UK charts, going 5x Platinum and selling over 1.5 MILLION copies in the UK alone. It spawned a series of hit singles including “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”, “Growing On Me”, “Get Your Hands Off My Woman” and “Love Is Only A Feeling”. It clocked up a series of awards including three BRIT Awards, two Kerrang Awards and an Ivor Novello for ‘Songwriters Of The Year’ amongst many others.

The Darkness played a number of landmark shows, including a headline set at the 2004 Reading & Leeds Festivals, as part of a whirlwind career of global touring as international sensations. The band then built upon the success of their debut with their 2005 follow up One Way Ticket To Hell… And Back, which produced the Top 10 hit “One Way Ticket”.

In 2006 Justin Hawkins left the band, checking into rehab and The Darkness fell apart. Following successful treatment, the band reformed in 2011 touring Europe and South America in 2012 with Lady Gaga. They released their comeback album Hot Cakes that year and Last Of Our Kind in 2015.

The band have now returned in 2017 with Pinewood Smile, their first album to come through Cooking Vinyl. Ahead of the album’s announcement, The Darkness toured Europe in support of Guns N’ Roses and are playing a number of festivals in the UK and Europe during the summer.


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New Music From The Struts – “One Night Only”

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Acclaimed UK rock band The Struts release “One Night Only”, the new single out on Polydor/Interscope Records. “One Night Only” is the first piece of music to be revealed from the band’s forthcoming album—the highly anticipated follow up to their 2016 debut Everybody Wants.

Of the track, lead vocalist Luke Spiller says, “This song is mainly about the relationship between a performer and his/her audience. After touring throughout the United States, we’ve developed a strong relationship with our audience and started to feel more responsibility to them—mainly to give a great show every night. The song has many theatrical moments, making the arrangement one of the most ambitious songs we’ve done. It’s definitely over the top and larger than life, but after experiencing our audience and how they react to our music, I think it’s even more fitting.”

The band has been touring nonstop since forming including worldwide headlining shows, prestigious festival plays and support slots for The Rolling Stones, The Who, Guns N’Roses, Mötley Crüe and The Killers.  The Struts will now be opening the first leg of Foo Fighters’ autumn tour across the US – see full dates below.

Formed in Derby, England in 2012, The Struts are Spiller, Adam Slack (guitar), Jed Elliott (bass) and Gethin Davies (drums).

“The guys are on course to be one of the UK’s biggest rock bands. ‘Everybody Wants’ is a real contender”  – Daily Star

“Reviving the glam rock lifestyle but also imbuing it with some downright mature 21st century sensibilities.” – GQ

August 19-20—Osaka/Tokyo, Japan—Summer Sonic
September 2—St. Louis, MO—Ballpark Village
October 7—San Bernardino, CA—Cal Jam 17
October 12—Washington, D.C.—The Anthem*
October 14—Richmond, VA—Richmond Coliseum*
October 15—Greensboro, NC—Greensboro Coliseum Complex*
October 17—Columbia, SC—Colonial Life Arena*
October 18—Knoxville, TN—Thompson-Boling Arena*
October 20—Cincinnati, OH—US Bank Arena*
October 21—Lexington, KY—Rupp Arena*
October 23—Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena*
October 24—Memphis, TN—FedEx Forum*
October 26—Birmingham, AL—BJCC*

*opening for Foo Fighters


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Check ‘Em Out: West Of The Sun

Full of psych-guitar jangle and swaggering percussion
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West Of The Sun are an indie rock band formed in Derby, 2013. Their story began in a flat above a pub in Derby when lead singer Luke met fellow university student and guitarist/songwriter Michael, the pair bonding almost instantly over everything from bands such as the Doors and Interpol to supporting championship football teams.

It was while working in that local music pub that Luke then met rhythm guitarist and Derby local lad Joe and the 3 of them would write together. With the addition of bassist Kieran and drummer Stevie, the band soon kicked up a groove and West Of The Sun was born.

The band’s name is taken from the Haruki Murakami novel ‘South Of The Border, West Of The Sun’ which describes a farmer on the brink of insanity who embarks on a quest to chase whatever it is that may lie ‘west of the sun’. The name appealed to the band because of it’s oxymoronic nature, seemingly whimsical with a dark underbelly – in keeping with the band’s blend of melancholic lyrical content and tuneful delivery. A theme that influenced the band from repeated exposure to the work of their musical heroes Joy Division and The Smiths.

Recent singles “Siberian Hysteria” and “Trip On A Turntable” were greeted with positive acclaim and the band are currently recording songs for their debut LP, set for release later this year.

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Check ‘Em Out: Shura


Check out Shura, she’s brand new — but she’s got a lot going on this year and will soon be on your radar anyways. She’ll be at SXSW, and she’ll be touring — all while getting her debut album out this fall. She’s also a BBC Sound of 2015 nominee in the UK. Check out “Touch” and “Indecision” below.


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Listen: Ella Eyre – “Comeback”

Ella Eyre

Listen: Ella Eyre – “Comeback”

London soul songstress, Ella Eyre’s rapid rise continues. Since proving herself to be one of the UK’s most enthralling and captivating debut female singers, Ella has been wowing the crowds throughout the UK having sold out a headline tour as well as performing prolific slots at this summer’s festivals.

Now the BRIT award winner announces new single “Comeback”, a thrilling, horn-led smash with a whole heap of attitude. The song is based on a break-up when Ella was 17, but written from the point of view of speaking to a troubled best friend. ‘We’ve all been played, we’ve all been hurt, just take the pain, let that motherfucker burn… you will find in time, that they always come back.

Fierce, bold and brash, it’s a euphoric feel good song about empowerment, independence and strength. Ella says of the track, “ifIf I Go was about whether or not I should leave a relationship, then “Comeback” is the aftermath. There’s no more vulnerability, it’s a very defiant ‘fuck you.'”


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Video: Chase and Status – “Lost & Not Found”


Chase and Status has just released the video for “Lost & Not Found” (feat. Louis M^ttrs), filmed in California, which is the first single to be taken from their eagerly anticipated upcoming third album. The “Lost & Not Found” single will come with remixes from Dream McClean, Kove and Josh Butler, and will be available June 30th via Casablanca Records, right after Chase and Status headline the Other Stage at the world famous Glastonbury Festival.

Casablanca are also proud to announce that Chase and Status has recently been added to the Rock The Bells tour that will see the guys (and some special guest vocalists from the new album) play San Bernardino, San Francisco, Washington DC and New Jersey in September/October. Widely known for its unrivalled hip-hop line ups, this is a unique and exciting opportunity for a largely electronic act like Chase and Status to play alongside the likes of Tyler The Creator, Common, Talib Kweli and Wu Tang Clan: epitomizing just how varied and genre defying Chase and Status really are…

On “Lost & Not Found,” Chase and Status give a nod to the early 90’s rave era that inspires them, the single shows a change in direction for the duo and gives their fans a glimpse of what’s to come with their new record. Always looking to support unknown and underground talent, as they did with their last album No More Idols (Maverick Sabre, Delilah, Liam Bailey etc), “Lost & Not Found” features the talented new artist Louis M^ttrs.

Chase and Status are undoubtedly one of the most exciting and successful British bands of the past decade. Their double platinum, second album No More Idols has sold over 600,000 copies in the UK alone and spawned over 2 million singles. They were the biggest selling band in the UK in 2011, behind Coldplay and last year were nominated for ‘Best British Band’ at the Brit Awards 2012. They have also been nominated for two prestigious Q Awards, won the Q Award in 2010 for Best Video.

Upcoming Chase and Status Tour Dates
9/01 – New York, NY – Electric Zoo
9/07 – San Bernadino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheatre (Rock The Bells)
9/08 – San Bernadino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheatre (Rock The Bells)
9/14 – San Francisco, CA  – Shoreline Amphitheatre (Rock The Bells)
9/15 – San Francisco, CA  – Shoreline Amphitheatre (Rock The Bells)
9/28 – Washington, DC – RFK Stadium (Rock The Bells)
9/29 – Washington, DC – RFK Stadium (Rock The Bells)
10/04 – Rutherford, NJ – New Meadowlands Racetrack (Rock The Bells)
10/05 – Rutherford, NJ – New Meadowlands Racetrack (Rock The Bells)

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New Music from Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara’s new album, Heartthrob, has a release date for their seventh album of January 29, 2013, with the exception of UK/Europe which is February 18th. Sisters Tegan and Sara Quin have some additional exiting news. Before their impending US Tour with The Killers, with whom their currently on the road in the UK, Tegan and Sara announced today that they’ll be playing a special special gig at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom on Monday, November 19th. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at Noon EST.

The girls are set to perform their addicting new single, “Closer,” on The Late Show with David Letterman November 20th. “Closer” has come out of the gates blazing. Tegan and Sara recently offered fans another taste of what they can expect on Heartthrob when they posted a stream of another new song, “I’m Not Your Hero”.

Confirmed T&S Tour Dates:

UK Dates w/The Killers:

  • Nov 8 – Motorpoint Arena – Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  • Nov 9 – Echo Arena – Liverpool, Merseyside
  • Nov 13 – Manchester Arena – Manchester
  • Nov 14 – Manchester Arena – Manchester
  • Nov 16 – O2 Arena  – London
  • Nov 17 – O2 Arena – London

US Headlining Show:

  • Nov 19 – Bowery Ballroom – NYC
  • Nov 20 – Late Show w/David Letterman – NYC

w/The Killers:

  • Nov 29 – 1st Bank Center – Broomfield, CO
  • Nov 30 – UCCU Center – Orem, UT
  • Dec 1 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
  • Dec 3 – Pacific Coliseum – Vancouver, BC
  • Dec 4 – Kitting Factory – Spokane, WA
  • Dec 5 – Theatre of the Clouds @ Rose Garden – Portland, OR
  • Dec 7 – 91x WREX The Halls – San Diego, CA  *
  • Dec 8 – Live 105’s Not So Silent Night – San Francisco, CA *
  • Dec 10 – KJEE Winter Round Up – Santa Barbara, CA *
  • Dec 13 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
  • Dec 14 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
  • Dec 15 – Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
  • Dec 16 – Metropolis – Montreal, QB
  • Dec 17 – Agganis Arena – Boston, MA
  • Dec 18 – Patriot Center – Fairfax, VA
  • Dec 20 – EMU Convocation Center – Ypsilanti, MI
  • Dec 21 – UIC Pavilion – Chicago, IL

*without The Killers

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Download: Coldplay – Charlie Brown (Jacques Lu Cont Remix)

Remix master (among many other things) Jacques Lu Cont put his golden touch on Coldplay’s “Charlie Brown”, garnering radio love in the UK from Pete Tong and Annie Mac.

Download: Coldplay – Charlie Brown (Jacques Lu Cont Remix)

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Newest Love (+ free DL): Fixers

Fixers has announced plans for their first U.S. EP, Pop Meat/Your Corruptor, which will see a release on April 24th on Dolphin Love Records. The Oxford, UK-based psychedelic pop quintet is sharing the track “Another Lost Apache” as a free MP3 download to give everyone a taste of the EP. With an aesthetic that blooms from Beach Boys-era harmonies and surf samples, Fixers assert themselves as a band to watch, with endless hooks and a love for experimentation.

Pop Meat/Your Corruptor opener, “Another Lost Apache,” builds on an a cappella harmony and turns it into a fuzzed out adventure. The anthemic “Crystals” will have you singing along on the first listen as its slow rolling speeds up to ecstatic peaks.  The monumental sound of  “Passages/Love In Action/108″ underscores its question of where did the world go before coming back down amidst chants: “We are the sun / We are the moon / We’re coming down / We’re coming down.” “Pink Light” has a propelling rhythm that will take you from a sunny afternoon into a late hours dancing frenzy. On Pop Meat/Your Corruptor, Fixers are hinting at what’s to come.  They never sacrifice the big melodies or the experimentation and the result is a sun-drenched, fuzzed out, joyride that will make your 2012 better.

Pop Meat/Your Corruptor EP Tracklist:

  • 1. Another Lost Apache
  • 2. Crystals
  • 3. Pink Light
  • 4. Uriel
  • 5. Passages/Love In Action/108

Upcoming US Tour Dates

  • 4/17 – Brooklyn, NY – Cameo Gallery
  • 4/19 – New York, NY – Pianos

Download: Fixers – “Another Lost Apache”

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Video: Exlovers – “Starlight Starlight”

Exlovers debut album Moth will be out on Young & Lost Club Records on May 21st.

Download the track for free from their website: http://www.exlovers.co.uk/

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