The Skinny: On June 1st 2015, glam rockers The Darkness will release their new album The Last Of Our Kind. On Friday 15th May another album track ‘Hammer & Tongs’ will also be sneaked out via the power of the internet. Vocalist Justin Hawkins describes the tracks as “Raw like sashimi, served with all the accoutrements you’d expect from The Darkness. Powerful, emotional lyrics sung from the heart (because it sounds better that way), a massive chorus, stripped naked and weeping, and some really brilliant guitar playing.”

Justin goes on to say “It’s about prolonged, involved love-making in the sultry air of a hot summer night that yields to a hot summer morning. Rivulets of sweat. Unbridled passion. There’s a fire in the city. It’s out of control. They said it couldn’t (perhaps shouldn’t) be done. They were wrong, they hadn’t counted on The Darkness.”

The band have also announced a Winter 2015 UK tour.

Tour Dates:

30/11 – NORWICH – Open
01/12 – CAMBRIDGE – Corn Exchange
02/12 – NOTTINGHAM – Rock City
04/12 – NEWCASTLE – O2 Academy
05/12 – GLASGOW – O2 Academy
09/12 – LEEDS – O2 Academy
10/12 – MANCHESTER – Academy
11/12 – BIRMINGHAM – O2 Academy
13/12 – BRISTOL – O2 Academy
14/12 – SOUTHAMPTON – O2 Guildhall
15/12 – BEXHILL – De La Warr Pavillion
17/12 – BOURNEMOUTH – O2 Academy
19/12 – OXFORD – O2 Academy
20/12 – LONDON – Roundhouse


I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.