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

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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.

Summer:

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

Winter:

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.
http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/the-darkness-tickets

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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#NEWS: The Darkness ‘Open Fire’ on the UK with ‘Blast Of Our Kind’ tour

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The Darkness are pleased to announce the Blast of Our Kind tour, which will commence on November 30th in Norwich and culminate in a triumphant show at London’s Roundhouse on December 20th. It is the first, and a golden, opportunity for enthusiasts to see The Darkness on their own stage in support of the new, fourth album ‘Last of Our Kind’.

‘Last of Our Kind’ is an album of unparalleled beauty and power. It is to be released on June 1st, at which point children and adults alike will rejoice. The first single ‘Open Fire’ has already been unveiled and the video, directed by Simon Emmett, is currently lording over the internet, stamping it’s scaly feet and pecking at cyber grubs like a magnificent peacock.

The album also features ‘Barbarian’, which was released as a ‘teaser track’, with a brutally beguiling animated lyric video illustrated by Nick Roche.

Blast of Our Kind will be The Darkness’ first UK tour since 2013. Those in attendance will be awestruck by the all-new material and downright delighted by the early works as The Darkness rip through their repertoire of ruddy great songs with new drummer Rufus Taylor.

The Hawkins Brothers, Frankie Poullain with new drummer Rufus Taylor

The Hawkins Brothers, Frankie Poullain with new drummer Rufus Taylor

The Darkness will spend the summer months honing their craft with a sold-out launch show at Dingwalls and choice slots at the various festivals listed below.

Summer Activities:

3 June                       LONDON, Dingwalls album launch
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

Blast of Our Kind UK Tour:

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 go on sale at 9am on Friday 15th May priced £25.00 & London £27.50 adv.
http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/the-darkness-tickets
Live Nation presale from the 14th and O2 / Fanclub presale from the 13th May.

‘Last of Our Kind’ will be released on limited edition colour vinyl, Compact Disc and downloadable computer files in partnership with Kobalt Label Services.

New single: ‘OPEN FIRE’ – 1st June 2015
New album: ‘LAST OF OUR KIND’ – 1st June 2015

‘Last of Our Kind’ Track Listing:
Barbarian * Open Fire * Last of Our Kind * Roaring Waters * Wheels of the Machine *Mighty Wings * Mudslide * Sarah O’Sarah * Hammer & Tongs * Conquerors