The Darkness: “We just see how far we can get before the solos go flying off the edge of the cliff”

The Darkness
(Image credit: Mariano Regidor/Redferns)

Let’s get one thing out of the way: yes, The Darkness wrote and recorded their new full-length album, Motorheart, during the dark days of the global pandemic. But don’t expect it to be their introspective, Taylor-Swift-in-a-cabin-in-the-woods record. 

“We figured we’re going to come out of the pandemic one of these days, and when we do, we’re going to be playing this record live,” guitarist Dan Hawkins says. “And people aren’t going to want to go out there and listen to us going, ‘Oh, woe is me.’ When they’re finally allowed to have a good time, they’re gonna want to have a good time. So we didn’t want to end up with an album that was maudlin.”

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.