THE DARKNESS – “The Horn” (iTunes single)
It was with great excitement and anticipation that I hit ‘play’ on my brand new mp3 copy of “The Horn”, a new single from The Darkness. Like much of the preceding album Hot Cakes, this is a dirty little number about (surprise) sex!
I would like to take this opportunity, to mention the fact that while some of the acts that I may have described in this song appear to be degrading, they were in fact consensual. — Justin Hawkins
I won’t share the details, except to say that the words “my pale buttocks” are uttered.
Musically, “The Horn” is heavy as…well, not quite as heavy as lead. Platinum perhaps? It has a merciless guitar riff, bloodthirsty drums, and a hefty groove. Sonically speaking, “The Horn” strikes me as one of the heaviest Darkness songs. The guitars have some chunkiness to them, and the direction seems simple enough: let’s rock out! With Justin’s particular brand of lead vocal, there’s no mistaking this band for anyone else.
I would like to take this opportunity to mention that fact that Justin is still singing as great as ever. He has a knack for some utterly odd vocals, but at the same time, he makes them awesome. Acrobatic, never too serious, but always fascinating to listen to. By the end of this song, I’m picturing a coop full of chickens singing in harmony.
This bodes well for a new Darkness album. Not only are they quickly out of the gates with new material, but it’s really good material. Without a doubt, I like “The Horn” better than many of the songs on Hot Cakes. And I liked Hot Cakes a lot.
There was a vinyl 7″ single, but only 500 copies. There’s also a new Darkness demo out there, a ballad called “Second Fiddle” . This song boasts multiple vocalists and an uber-catchy chorus: “We are the Hawkins Brothers / And I am Frankie Poullaine / We are the Hawkins Brothers / And this is Eddie Graham.” Solid!
More of The Darkness at mikeladano.com:
Hot Cakes (Deluxe Edition) + “Girlfriend” (10″ shaped disc) + “Get Your Hands Off My Woman…Again” (mp3 single) + Hot Leg – Red Light Fever + The Stone Gods – Silver Spoons & Broken Bones + Record Store Tales Part 80: The Darkness