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Listen to The Darkness embrace “weird progressive time changes” on Easter Is Cancelled

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The Darkness (opens in new tab) have released a stream of their new single Easter Is Cancelled.

It’s the title track of their upcoming sixth studio album, which will launch on October 4 through Cooking Vinyl.

Drummer Rufus Taylor says: “That was the last song we wrote for the album. We needed a fast one, so Dan Hawkins and I were given that challenge. 

“We had a day of jamming and it was one of those things where we just sat down and, bang! The first thing we played became the first four bars of the finished song.”

Frontman Justin Hawkins adds: “Rufus and Dan came up with this AC/DC (opens in new tab) boogie thing, except with all these weird, progressive time changes. 

“Lyrically, it’s one of the multiverse ones. You can’t be angry about a multiverse. It makes everything more manageable. 

“You have to be comforted by the fact that there’s a reality somewhere – it isn’t all shit. Conversely, when everything is going right, there’s a universe where it isn’t, and you should be grateful.”

The Darkness previously released videos for Rock And Roll Deserves To Die and Heart Explodes from the follow-up to 2017’s Pinewood Smile.

The band will head out on tour across the UK in November and December, before further dates in mainland Europe in early 2020.

The Darkness: Easter Is Cancelled
1. Rock And Roll Deserves To Die
2. How Can I Lose Your Love
3. Live ’Til I Die
4. Heart Explodes
5. Deck Chair
6. Easter Is Cancelled
7. Heavy Metal Lover
8. In Another Life
9. Choke On It
10. We Are The Guitar Men

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The Darkness: Easter Is Cancelled (opens in new tab)
The Darkness will release their sixth studio album Easter Is Cancelled in October. The follow-up to 2017's Pinewood Smile features the lead single Rock And Roll Deserves To Die.

The Darkness 2019 tour dates
Nov 26: Belfast Limelight, UK
Nov 27: Dublin Academy, Ireland
Nov 29: Nottingham Rock City, UK
Dec 01: Birmingham O2 Academy, UK
Dec 02: Leicester O2 Academy, UK
Dec 03: Southend Cliffs Pavilion, UK
Dec 05: Norwich UEA, UK
Dec 06: Cambridge Corn Exchange, UK
Dec 07: Bath Pavilions, UK
Dec 09: Portsmouth Pyramids, UK
Dec 10: Brighton Dome, UK
Dec 11: Watford Colosseum, UK
Dec 13: Manchester Academy, UK
Dec 14: Newcastle O2 Academy, UK
Dec 15: Glasgow O2 Academy, UK
Dec 17: York Barbican, UK
Dec 18: Liverpool O2 Academy, UK
Dec 20: London Roundhouse, UK

The Darkness 2020 tour dates
Jan 25: Strasbourg Laiterie, France
Jan 26: Paris La Cigale, France
Jan 27: Bordeaux Krakatoa, France
Feb 03: Lyon Ninkasi KAO, France
Feb 04: Zurich XTRA, Switzerland
Feb 08: Munich Technikum, Germany
Feb 10: Vienna Simm City, Austria
Feb 11: Nuremburg Hirsch, Germany 
Feb 12: Berlin Kesselhaus, Germany
Feb 14: Copenhagen Amager Bio, Denmark
Feb 15: Stockholm Nalen, Sweden
Feb 17: Oslo Rockefeller, Norway
Feb 18: Gothenburg Pustervik, Sweden
Feb 20: Hamburg Markthalle, Germany
Feb 21: Cologne Essigfabrik, Germany
Feb 22: Sint Niklas De Casino, Belgium
Feb 24: Amsterdam Melkweg Max, Amsterdam
Feb 25: Frankfurt Batschkapp, Germany

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