Justin hawkins spoke to Billboard on lyrical inspiration for “Rock and roll deserves to die”, the first single from the new album by the British rockers, “Easter is canceled”.
“We were watching a video of a new rock band, and it was just a formula,” Justin noted. “There was nothing original – nothing defying the limits – so they were pretty boring to watch. So my brother looked at it, and he said, ‘Well, you know what? Rock’n ‘roll deserves to die!’ “
DARKNESS the leader admitted that he does not find much interest in the world of modern rock, preferring to draw inspiration from his early influences.
“I love music and I aspire to make it better,” he said. “But in a lot of cases it’s not. I always want rock to be better because when I was growing up it was really great. It was the most exciting, hardest genre – there is. had androgyny, there was debauchery in the lyrics, there were emotions, there was makeup, there was all that, and it was really exciting. “
He continued, “Nothing new has happened in my darling genre for a long time, and it makes me sad. And angry. Sometimes you hear a retro band coming in and they sound great because they do what we do. have all grown up loving, and it’s hard to get turned on because it has a superficial charm and it’s nostalgia, and there’s nothing underneath to really make your heart sing it, you know? The way you want it and like before. So what we say is “We throw the glove” and the biggest irony is that DARKNESS is the group that does it. “
“Easter is canceled” released on October 4 via Kitchen vinyl. The record is a mini rock opera examining the role of the musician in the barbaric culture of today’s world. At the heart of the story is love, loss and grief, where redemption ultimately lies in the brotherhood of the band’s friendship and the power of the guitar.
DARKNESS will play “Easter is canceled” in its entirety, alongside a set of his greatest hits, on his next headlining tour. They will play 19 dates across the UK starting in November.
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