British rockers THE DARKNESS– front-man Justin Hawkins, guitarist Dan Hawkins, bassist Frankie Poullain and drummer Rufus Taylor – released the brand new single “Heart Explodes” from their ambitious, first-ever concept album Easter Is Cancelled, out on October 4th via Cooking Vinyl.“Heart Explodes” is an almighty mini-rock opera, which finds THE DARKNESS baring all in a multitude of heartfelt emotions reflecting the hardships, struggles and changing relationships of life.
Front-man Justin Hawkins explains: “It’s about the despair of change. Having to reappraise your life and what you’re holding on to. It’s like that feeling when you just want to go for a swim and keep going. Wanting to be enveloped by something that will gradually pull you down. If you really, really want to survive that process, you can. We’ve all been there — people who say they haven’t are lying.”
Guitarist Dan Hawkins adds: “The difference between THE DARKNESS‘ sadness and other bands’ sadness is that we don’t wallow in it. Even when it’s sad, there’s a playfulness to it.”
Justin explains: “At the end of days, humankind must consider the essential truths of existence. THE DARKNESS, your vanguard in life’s journey, have stared into the abyss. The observations we bring from the edge are set out in a new record album, titled ‘Easter is Cancelled’ This far-reaching communiqué examines man’s brutality to man, the dichotomies that we live within and the alternate realities that exist alongside our blinkered comprehension of the Universe. The song cycle defines human existence through a parable — the slow lingering death and eventual glorious re-birth of rock and roll. In the search for perfect sonic equivalents of core truths, every musical instrument of the world has been explored and exploited to its fullest extent. Endless days in studios, museums, spiritual retreats and places of learning turned into endless months, as deeper and deeper layers of truth were uncovered, translated and set for eternity in sound.”
“The result is a literally Biblical record, and those who have said that rock and roll is the Devil’s music should listen and understand that it is, in truth, the voice of God. This is the grandest statement any band has ever made, and the endeavor has taken its toll. In achieving such a mighty goal, a line is drawn and this will be the last traditional music album from THE DARKNESS — having confronted the eternal and ultimate, we must now move on to higher art forms. The future is an open door. Who’s in here?”
The ten-track album examines the role of the musician in the barbarous culture of the world today, and their almost divine responsibility to challenge the establishment — something that most rock and roll artists seem to have given up on in favor of easy celebrity. And yet at the heart of this tale is love, loss and heartbreak, where redemption is ultimately found in the brotherhood of band friendship and the power of the guitar, as brought full circle in the glorious album closer “We Are The Guitar Men”.
Easter Is Cancelled track listing:
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
Easter Is Cancelled will be released digitally and in full technicolor physical glory as a standard CD, digipak CD with bonus tracks, gatefold LP, limited-edition color vinyl gatefold LP and cassette. The album is available to pre-order now from the band’s official store, with special signed copies and exclusive album bundle offers.
THE DARKNESS will be spreading its Easter Is Cancelled message across the land with a full U.K. and Ireland headline tour this winter and will play 18 dates starting in November 2019. These shows promise to be incredibly special, reflecting the grand scope and vision of the album, alongside the finest hits from the band’s spectacular canon.
The Darkness Official Website