Wednesday, October 11, 2017
I've gone on about The Darkness and their 2012 release "Hot Cakes" a number of times on these pages. It is a record that continues to get some seriously heavy rotation. "Hot Cakes," more than the band's two previous records, managed to not only get in my wheelhouse, but live comfortably like an ideal roommate. If their debut, "Permission To Land," laid out the storyboards, and their follow-up "One Way Ticket To Hell" was the rough cut, "Hot Cakes" was the masterful final cut, at least to my ears. This could be why what followed, 2015's "Last Of Our Kind" left me cold. I was s et up for disappointment. If "Hot Cakes" set out to keep the hard rocking and glam sounds of Queen, Sparks, and AC/DC alive, "Last Of Our Kind," if you could somehow accept this, sounded more like a parody than the parody that was already the band itself.
Now we have "Pinewood Smile," released just a couple of weeks ago. While it may be more of the same....a good thing...it is more of what grabbed me on "Hot Cakes," with as many hooks and crunching riffs as one could handle, and the addition of new drummer, Rufus Tiger Taylor, son of Queen drummer, Roger Taylor. It is no wonder then that the patented, operatic harmonies of Queen are more prevalent than ever.
Here are two to get you started. This is what has been missing for far too many years now. Rock music that is FUN, DAMNIT!!