Dark­ness at the edge of pants

Front­man Justin Hawkins shines a light on the re­formed Dark­ness for Lauren Mur­phy

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

Well, we looked at that one, we looked at Creep, and that’s the one that trans­lated best, re­ally. When we first started ev­ery­one said “Oh, you must hate Ra­dio­head”. Or they’d say “You must hate Nir­vana”, be­cause they killed the par­tic­u­lar kind of rock that we do – and it used to re­ally frus­trate us. So when we were choos­ing a cover, we wanted to ei­ther do a Nir­vana song or a Ra­dio­head song to demon­strate the fact that we don’t hate those bands.

If The Dark­ness do a cover, it has to be an oc­tave up, singing-wise, and prob­a­bly a bit faster. And that’s it – you’ve made it into a Dark­ness song [laughs].

We didn’t nec­es­sar­ily want to put it on the al­bum, but when we heard the mix, we re­alised that the al­bum needed it. I think it might have been a bit too sweet with­out some­thing like that. You have to keep the bal­ance.

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