#NEWS The Darkness to unleash a new single ‘Last Of Our Kind’ 21st August


Having recently stormed Download with a secret set backed with a crowd of barbarians (and a 30 row strong crowd outside the tent!) The Darkness unleash a new single on 21st August.  ‘Last of Our Kind’ is the title track of their recent 4th album which entered the UK charts at No. 12 on its release in June. The song has been described as ‘part Van Halen, part Waterboys, ALL The Darkness’. It features a record-smashing choir of several thousand Darkness enthusiasts (The Darkness Army) who each contributed their individual performances using the Internet service.    The single, described by one reviewer as “(the track’s) effortlessly catchy hooks and righteous leads deliver pure rock perfection”, is a stomping rocker which demands hands be thrown in the air (when not playing air guitar on the excellent solo).

The album ‘Last of Our Kind’ has received some of the best reviews of the bands career to date with Classic Rock proclaiming it “A glorious return to form for the flamboyant rockers … they’ve only gone and made their finest album since Permission To Land” whilst Total Guitar said “Their very British blend of battle rock and classy ballads still hits the spot.”

The band have also announced a UK tour for November/December where they will entertain and astonish fans all over the country with their marvellous tunes and killer riffs.  A few UK festival spots will also warm them up nicely.


4 July                         WICKLOW, Groove Festival (Ireland)
5 July                         WATERFORD, Daytripper Festival (Ireland)
12 July                       CHELMSFORD, Brownstock Festival
9 August                    NEWQUAY, Boardmasters Festival
30 August                  PORTSMOUTH, Victorious Festival


30 November          NORWICH, Open
1 December            CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
2 December            NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
4 December            NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy
5 December            GLASGOW, O2 Academy
9 December            LEEDS, O2 Academy
10 December          MANCHESTER, Academy
11 December           BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy
13 December           BRISTOL, O2 Academy
14 December           SOUTHAMPTON, O2 Guildhall
15 December           BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavillion
17 December           BOURNEMOUTH, O2 Academy
19 December           OXFORD, O2 Academy
20 December          LONDON, Roundhouse

Tickets on sale now priced £25.00 & London £27.50 adv.

The Hawkins Brothers, Frankie Poullain with new drummer Rufus Taylor

The Hawkins Brothers, Frankie Poullain with new drummer Rufus Taylor

THE DARKNESSJUSTIN HAWKINS (vocals/lead guitar), DAN HAWKINS (guitars/backing vocals), FRANKIE POULLAIN (bass/backing vocals) and RUFUS TAYLOR (drums)

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INTERVIEW: ‘We Are The Brave’ is the new EP from Skarlett Riot. We hear all about it from Skarlett herself.

sr_logo_jpg_hi_resIt’s fair to say that UK quartet Skarlett Riot don’t lack confidence. As anyone that’s had the pleasure of witnessing this young four-piece live will attest to.

In an already jam-packed career Skarlett Riot have wowed audiences at Download (earning a 4K live review from Kerrang!) and Bloodstock, and have shared stages across the UK with the likes of Wednesday 13, D-A-D, Reckless Love, Heaven’s Basement, Periphery, Firewind, Black Spiders, Edguy, Taking Dawn, L.A Guns, Glamour Of The Kill, Crashdiet, Vains Of Jenna, Deaf Havana, Francesqa plus many more, including the prestigious Reading and Leeds festivals to their live resume.


The band’s debut EP, the critically acclaimed “Villain”, set the benchmark high and led to glowing praise within the rock community. In 2013, they released their first album ‘Tear Me Down’, once again, it was received well by press and fans. Now, they’re about to release another EP entitle ‘We Are The Brave’, a collection of songs with big riffs, and strong themes.

I recently got talking to Skarlett, the lead singer, about the EP and I began by asking her about the new video which has been circulating on Scuzz TV.

MJ: Skarlett…welcome to The Classic Rock Show. How are you doing?

S: Yeah, I’m good, thank you.

MJ: Busy time for you all. You’ve a new video out for the song “Rising”.  It’s a track off your We Are The Brave EP which is out on February the 16th. Tell us about the video.

S: Basically, we filmed it about six months ago. And we wanted like something silhouette-y, so you can only see the band at the end of the video. So it’s all blacked out, and the idea of it is the song is called “Rising,” obviously, and the lyrics are about getting revenge on someone, saying you’ll be back again. Having power in the lyrics. So we wanted to keep it all silhouetted out, and then at the end have the world kind of exposed so it looks more powerful, at the end, I guess. So we just got it on Scuzz TV as well which we’re really excited about too.

MJ: How long has the We Are The Brave EP been in the making?

S: I would say about a year. We’ve just been writing as much as possible since the Turn Down album in 2013. We had been thinking of doing a second album, but we said no, let’s put the best of what we’ve written so far into one EP. So we wrote about 10 songs and we picked about five to go on the EP, which has brought us up until now, really.

Riot Individual1MJ: We’ve talked about “Rising”, but as you mentioned there’s five tracks on the EP: “Divide Us,” “Cascade,” “Wake Up,” and “Are You Alive?” Take us through each of those.

S: All the tracks, apart from “Rising” are about living life to the full and not wasting any time. Like “Wake Up”, “Are you Alive?” and “Cascade”. The lyrics to “Cascade” are about time slipping through the hourglass and having no time to spare. You know, it’s the sand in the hourglass is never going to stop, just like time itself. So, the back message is live your life and enjoy it and don’t listen to what anyone else says…just do what makes you happy.

MJ: Last year, of course you were seen at a number of festivals and on tours. How is 2015 looking for Skarlett Riot?

S: Yeah, we’re continuing to raise our profile and get as many fans and people knowing the name as possible. We’re touring with Gus G in February and then we’ve a few headline dates. We’ve got a sold out show at the O2 Academy Islington with Kamelot and Gus G in March. We’ll be with Slam Cartel in April…and a couple festivals here and there…so far, so good.

MJ: Going back to the EP, the front of the EP is a depiction of a lion’s head, which has been hand-drawn. Is that Helen Hebenton‘s work again?

S: Yeah, that’s right. We’ve known Helen for quite a while and worked with her before, way back to the Villian EP cover and the Villain t-shirts. She’s also responsible for designing the band’s new logo. We wanted the style of the new EP cover have a vintage look, with black and gray artwork. Helen was a perfect choice. She did a great job with the EP, the cover. It was largely her idea to use the lion it would best represent power and strength. I think it has come across really well.


MJ: You’re obviously going to be pushing the tracks on the EP in your ‘live’ set?

S: Yeah, we’ve been practicing like crazy. It’ll be like three or four of the new EP tracks and then we’ll be mixing it in with a couple of the Tear Me Down tracks. So, they’ll be a lot of new material in there, but we’ll be putting in a couple of what we think are the best tracks from the Tear Me Down album as well.

Riot-5 copyMJ: Any plans to release an album, or more videos on the back of this EP?

S: Yeah, I think we’ll be releasing a couple more singles off of the back of the EP. We wanted this EP to last the full year. But in between that we’ll be writing some more while the EP is circulating. We’re hoping to be writing an album, too, but we’re not sure when that will be released yet. For the moment, we all feel that we need to have the right material in place first. Make sure it’s 100% and that we’re all 100% happy with it.

MJ: Any last little things that you want to get over to the fans?

S: Just thank you very much for supporting us. We had such a great response to the pre-order for We Are The Brave. You can order it on www.skarlettriot.bigcartel.com. Yeah, thanks for the support and we’ll see you on the road!

You can reach Skarlett Riot through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the official website.

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We talk to @BloodyHammers Anders Manga about ‘Under Satan’s Sun’ and #DownloadFest

Anders Manga of Bloody Hammers“Southern Gothic Fuzz from Transylvania County” is how they describe themselves and I got to talk with Anders Manga of Bloody Hammers about it. 

Our conversation took place shortly after it was announced they’d be playing Download Festival 2014. We talked about the band’s line-up, musical influences, an invitation from Phil Anselmo to play at his festival and the fact that they’ll soon be bringing their unique brand of Goth Rock to European shores soon.

This all coincides with the release of their upcoming album ‘Under Satan’s Sun’ which follows once more the dark paths populated by sinister characters and spectral apparitions. Dark Occult Rock with a pinch of H.P. Lovecraft and Ray Bradbury is the main attraction of the show, when the master of ceremonies Anders Manga opens the gates to the nether world.”Under Satan’s Sun” is a multilayered album that resembles a classic horror flick from the 70s. An album filled with charm, big refrains and a classy atmosphere.

Bloody Hammers have just released a new video which has a bit of a background story to it. It’s based upon a true event which happened in the county many years ago, involving a husband and wife who were on the run from the authorities. Anders talks us through the story, a story which has become part of local folklore.

We’ll be playing some more Bloody Hammers on Thursday night’s show, so make sure you tune in on 15th May – 7pm (UK time) / 2pm EDT.

In the meantime, check out our audio interview:- 

Bloody Hammers' Anders Manga chats w/ The Classic Rock Show by Classicrockshow on Mixcloud

Bloody Hammers 'Under Satan's Sun' tour poster

Bloody Hammers can be reached via:- www.bloodyhammers.com; on Twitter @BloodyHammers; and on Facebook www.facebook.com/BloodyHammers

I’m looking forward to seeing them at The Underworld in London when they hit the UK for the very first time. Hope to see you there!




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Bad Touch

Stevie & George from Bad Touch @BadTouchrocks chat about the forthcoming @Bonafiderocks UK tour and @DownloadFest 2014

Bad Touch supported Jizzy Pearl’s Love/Hate at the start of their farewell tour last week at The Waterfront, Norwich. The Classic Rock Show went down to find out from Stevie & George just what they’ll be up to in 2014.

Listen to the interview here.

Stevie & George from Bad Touch chat about what they'll be up to in 2014 by Classicrockshow on Mixcloud

Bad Touch will be the support act on Bonafide‘s UK tour beginning March 14th 2014 in Newport and will be on the Red Bull stage at Download this year. Go see ’em!

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Now up on Mixcloud, last week’s pre #Download2013 show

Thanks again for tuning in last week and for all your kind comments made both during and after the show. Glad you like what we played!!

Here’s last week’s show via Mixcloud http://www.mixcloud.com/ClassicRockShow/the-classic-rock-show-w-mj-june-13th-2013/

Look out for the ‘Request-Line’ post which will be put out on Twitter and our Facebook Group.

See you soon!!


The Classic Rock Show playlist June 13th 2013