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The Darkness go off the rails in Southern Trains video

A still from the video
A still from the video

The Darkness have released a video for their new track Southern Trains.

It features on the band’s upcoming album Pinewood Smile, which will arrive on October 6.

While the song rips into the rail company for poor service, cancellations and packed carriages, the video uses SnapChat filters to create an off-kilter and slightly disturbing spectacle.

Vocalist and guitarist Justin Hawkins says: “This song has genuine realness in it, innit. Dan and I had to endure the Southern Trains ‘services’ during the making of this album.

“The only difference between a normal day on Southern Trains and a day when they’re all on strike, is that on strike day, the arse-clownery is deliberate.

“They are utterly incapable of running a reliable service. Fact. The rest of the world is laughing at us. I hope this song goes some way towards facilitating change.”

The Darkness previously released videos for Solid Gold and All The Pretty Girls. They’ll head out on tour across the UK throughout November and December.

Find details below.

The Darkness Pinewood Smile tracklist

  1. All The Pretty Girls
  2. Buccaneers Of Hispaniola
  3. Solid Gold
  4. Southern Trains
  5. Why Don’t The Beautiful Cry?
  6. Japanese Prisoner Of Love
  7. Lay Down With Me, Barbara
  8. I Wish I Was In Heaven
  9. Happiness
  10. Stampede Of Love

The Darkness 2017 UK tour dates

Nov 23: Southampton O2 Guildhall
Nov 24: Manchester Academy
Nov 25: Blackburn King George’s Hall
Nov 27: Leeds O2 Academy
Nov 28: Newcastle O2 Academy
Nov 29: Glasgow O2 Academy
Dec 01: Stoke-On-Trent Victoria Hall
Dec 02: Nottingham Rock City
Dec 03: Norwich UEA
Dec 05: Guildford G Live
Dec 06: Margate Winter Gardens
Dec 07: Southend-On-Sea Cliffs Pavilion
Dec 09: Birmingham O2 Academy
Dec 10: London Eventim Apollo
Dec 11: Brighton Dome
Dec 13: Cardiff St David’s Hall
Dec 14: Bristol Colston Hall

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