THE DARKNESS PINEWOOD SMILE
The Darkness were a wonderful anomaly when they blew up like a catsuited firework in 2003 and brought the sound of a cranked Marshall back into the charts for an equally bewildered and delighted mainstream. Their post-reunion era, however, has found them in a place where they might be somewhat underappreciated. Times have changed but the Hawkins brothers haven’t and they are still utterly committed to the delivery of rock. There’s a punk spirit to the way
PinewoodSmile makes no apologies. Solid Gold’s classic riff strut sums that up in tongue-in-cheek splendour (‘And we’re never gonna stop / shitting out solid gold’). And we can’t think of another band who would channel their rage at uncomfortable commutes to the recording studio like the hilariously fierce SouthernTrains. They’re satisfying rockers but the band like to branch out, and the debut of drummer Rufus Taylor has added twists and turns to Japanese Prisoner Of Love.
It’s easy to forget how good The Darkness are in poppier, nostalgic territory –I Wish I Was In Heaven puts Justin Hawkin’s falsetto to full use and Happiness is the album’s FridayNight, punctuated by trademark guitar breaks. Unapologetically Darkness. Just as we want them. Rob Laing DOWNLOAD Buccaneers Of His panio la