England’s most distinctive, multiple award-winning, platinum-selling, hugely entertaining rock gods, and one-time saviours of rock ’n’ roll turned national pleasures, The Darkness are back with their fifth album Pinewood Smile, which is due for release October 6th through Cooking Vinyl.

Marking the announcement the band have today unveiled the spectacular album opener All The Pretty Girls, across all streaming platforms. All The Pretty Girls is a glorious, hard-rockin’, autobiographical anthem intellectually examining the fact that when you’re a rock star you get a lot of attention from ladies and discussing the ethical conundrums that come with that.

As Justin Hawkins so eloquently sings with trouser-splitting vocal magnificence; “All the pretty girls, like me for who I am, All the pretty girls, when the record goes platinum, Plenty of action, massive attraction, when you’re selling out stadiums, All the pretty girls… and their mums”. Hard-hitting social commentary, right there!

Returning to save our airwaves from mediocre, auto-tuned tweens and that awful, throbby EDM shite, the album Pinewood Smile finds The Darkness on electrifying form, delivering some of the most sharp-witted, infectious, humorous and downright brilliant songs of their career.

In addition to the cerebral treatise of All The Pretty Girls, the album boasts the swashbuckling Buccaneers Of Hispaniola, the expletive-strewn howl of frustration that is Southern Trains, the hugely emotional Why Don’t The Beautiful Cry?, the globally anthemic Japanese Prisoner Of Love, and the ode to pumping out smash hit after smash hit Solid Gold, which finds The Darkness addressing the turbulent nature of the music industry and how they have enjoyed its flamboyant highs and spectacular lows.

To celebrate the release of their comeback album Pinewood Smile, The Darkness will be touring extensively at the end of this year playing 17 dates in the UK throughout November and December including a headline show at London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on December 10th.

The Darkness have returned revitalised, re-energised and ready to take the world by the balls once again with Pinewood Smile.



Date Venue
Thu 23rd O2 Guildhall Southampton
Fri 24th Academy Manchester
Sat 25th King George’s Hall Blackburn
Mon 27th O2 Academy Leeds
Tue 28th O2 Academy Glasgow
Wed 29th O2 Academy Glasgow


Date Venue
Fri 1st Victoria Hall Stoke On Trent
Sat 2nd Rock City Nottingham
Sun 3rd UEA Norwich
Tue 5th G Live Guildford
Wed 6th Winter Gardens Margate
Thu 7th Cliffs Pavilion Southend On Sea
Sat 9th O2 Academy Birmingham
Sun 10th Eventim Apollo London
Tue 11th Dome Brighton
Thu 13th St David’s Hall Cardiff
Fri 14th Colston Hall Bristol

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