It’s Good Friday which seems like the perfect time to let you know that Easter is Cancelled…is the title of the new album from cheeky UK rockers The Darkness. It’s out this fall and here’s what they say about it:
We live in the darkest of times. As power-drunk clowns cast a shadow of despair across the land, our people cower in tumbledown hovels. The children do not dance and the birds are silent. Hope is crushed.
Where are the heroes that this world needs, the heroes that this world deserves? Cast aside despair, people, for the tide will turn! We are men in tight costumes, and we are ready to fight with every weapon that our forefathers have bequeathed – the guitar axe, the drum hammer, the bejewelled codpiece, and the banshee wail of righteous anger.
And we shall not be cowed by the nay-sayers, nor bought off by the money lenders, nor gagged by the reeking stench of pious indifference that pours from the orifices of the clown-lords. Cometh the day, cometh the band. We are The Darkness and we bring you Light!
If you’re wondering what those words sound like coming from the mouth of Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins as he walks through a park in a raspberry velvet suit, you’re in luck — watch that below.
The Darkness haven’t shared a song from Easter is Cancelled yet, but the album’s out October 4. Stay tuned. You can preorder the album, including a bundle with a t-shirt featuring Justin Hawkins as the Easter Bunny.
They’ll be on tour this fall in the UK and Europe and have a string of shows in August with…Ed Sheeran?!?! Dark times, indeed. They’ve also got one U.S. date, playing Seattle on July 6 for a Vera Project-presented “Search Party” one day festival that also features Murder City Devils, Black Pistol Fire and Pink Parks. Tickets are on sale and proceeds go to The Vera Project.
All dates are listed, along with the album announce and videos from their classic 2003 debut Permission to Land, below.
The Darkness – 2019 Tour Dates
Charisworth Farm w/ The Zutons, Dream State, The Bottom Line, THE DIRTY YOUTH, Press To Meco, The Lounge Kittens Friday, 7:00PM Dorset, United Kingdom
MAY 04 Charisworth Farm Saturday, 11:00AM Dorset, United Kingdom
JUN 13 The Royal Hospital Chelsea w/ Toto, Gipsy Kings, Tom Jones Thursday, 5:30PM London, United Kingdom
AUG 16 Roundhay Park w/ Ed Sheeran, Lewis Capaldi Friday, 4:00PM Leeds, United Kingdom
AUG 17 Roundhay Park w/ Ed Sheeran, Lewis Capaldi Saturday, 4:00PM Leeds, United Kingdom
AUG 23 Chantry Park w/ Passenger, Ed Sheeran Friday, 4:00PM Suffolk Hill, United Kingdom
AUG 24 Chantry Park w/ Passenger, Ed Sheeran Saturday, 4:00PM Suffolk Hill, United Kingdom
AUG 25 Chantry Park w/ Ed Sheeran, Lewis Capaldi Sunday, 12:00AM Suffolk Hill, United Kingdom
AUG 26 Chantry Park w/ Ed Sheeran, Lewis Capaldi Monday, 12:00AM Suffolk Hill, United Kingdom
NOV 26 Limelight Tuesday, 7:00PM Belfast, United Kingdom
NOV 27 The Academy, Middle Abbey Street Wednesday, 7:00PM Dublin, Ireland
NOV 29 Rock City Friday, 6:30PM Nottingham, United Kingdom
DEC 01 O2 Academy Birmingham Sunday, 12:00AM Birmingham, United Kingdom
DEC 02 O2 Academy Leicester Monday, 7:00PM Leicester, United Kingdom
DEC 03 Cliffs Pavilion Tuesday, 7:00PM Southend-on-sea, United Kingdom
DEC 05 Norwich Nick Rayns LCR UEA Thursday, 7:30PM Norwich, United Kingdom
DEC 06 Cambridge Corn Exchange Friday, 7:00PM Cambridge, United Kingdom
DEC 07 Bath Pavilion Saturday, 7:00PM Bath, United Kingdom
DEC 09 Portsmouth Pyramids Centre Monday, 7:00PM Portsmouth, United Kingdom
DEC 10 Brighton Dome Tuesday, 7:00PM Brighton, United Kingdom
DEC 11 Watford Colosseum Wednesday, 7:00PM Watford, United Kingdom
DEC 13 Manchester Academy Friday, 12:00AM Manchester, United Kingdom
DEC 14 O2 Academy Newcastle Saturday, 7:00PM Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
DEC 15 O2 Academy Glasgow Sunday, 12:00AM Glasgow, United Kingdom
DEC 17 York Barbican Tuesday, 8:00PM York, United Kingdom
DEC 18 O2 Academy Liverpool Wednesday, 12:00AM Liverpool, United Kingdom
DEC 20 Roundhouse Friday, 12:00AM London, United Kingdom
JAN 25 La Laiterie Saturday, 8:00PM Strassburg, Germany
JAN 26 Cigale Sunday, 7:30PM Paris, France
JAN 27 Le Krakatoa Monday, 8:00PM Mérignac, France
FEB 03 NINKASI GERLAND / KAO Monday, 8:00PM Lyon, France
FEB 04 X-tra Tuesday, 8:00PM Zurich, Switzerland
FEB 08 Technikum Saturday, 8:00PM Munchen, Germany
FEB 10 Simm City Festsaal Zentrum Simmering Monday, 8:00PM Wien, Austria
FEB 11 Hirsch Tuesday, 8:00PM Nurnberg, Germany
FEB 12 Kesselhaus Wednesday, 8:00PM Berlin-altglienicke, Germany
FEB 14 Amager Bio Friday, 9:00PM København S, Denmark
FEB 15 Nalen Saturday, 9:00PM Stockholm, Sweden
FEB 17 Rockefeller w/ Rockefeller, John Dee Monday, 7:00PM Oslo, Norway
FEB 18 Pustervik Tuesday, 7:00PM Göteborg, Sweden
FEB 20 Markthalle Thursday, 8:00PM Hamburg, Germany
FEB 21 Essigfabrik Friday, 8:00PM Köln, Germany
FEB 24 Melkweg Monday, 7:30PM Amsterdam, Netherlands
FEB 25 Batschkapp Tuesday, 8:00PM Frankfurt Am Main, Germany