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Into the Darkness

The Darkness (Simon Emmett)

From Bowie to Mayhem

Also this week:

Print stars the Darkness’ Justin Hawkins told us that,

“I think we’re prolific, but there’s been talk about how we’re going to approach the next record. On the last few albums, we’ve made creative leaps. Easter is Canceled was much more ambitious than what we normally do. We normally make good time rock & roll records, but there was something in there that might have even been quasi-political. And then we made another good time rock & roll record. I think we’re going to spend a bit more time on the next one and try to do something that’s utterly astounding. So it might be three years instead of two.”

“We had a really good set that was COVID-aware for the U.K. tour,” Hawkins added. “We had to finish that one for a few different reasons. Having not toured for ages, we wanted to make sure we had one good tour under our belt. So we were careful about things I normally do like jumping off balconies and swimming among the crowds. Doing my solos on people’s shoulders. I’ve now had COVID, so I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

In “Not Another DJ,” Feint said that, “Although, of course, not being able to travel and play shows wasn’t ideal, I found that having some mental space to refocus on writing music away from the dance floor and also to focus on my other hobbies has actually made me the healthiest I think I’ve been in a long time,” he says. “So despite the negative effects that the pandemic obviously has, I constantly just remind myself to focus on what can be done to find the positives in it.”


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