UK rock band The Darkness – frontman Justin Hawkins, guitarist Dan Hawkins, bassist Frankie Poullain and drummer Rufus Taylor – released the brand new single “Heart Explodes” from their jaw-droppingly ambitious, first-ever concept album Easter Is Cancelled, out on October 4th via Cooking Vinyl.
“Heart Explodes” is an almighty mini-rock opera that finds The Darkness baring all in a multitude of heartfelt emotions reflecting the hardships, struggles and changing relationships of life. 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.” 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.”
“Heart Explodes” follows the release of Easter is Cancelled album opening track “Rock and Roll Deserves to Die,” which sees the band hailing the death of the guitar in an epic five-minute masterpiece featuring monumental riffs, thunderous bass and almighty drums, alongside some beautifully delicate touches from the band. The songs are a glorious example of what to expect from Easter Is Cancelled, the band’s most exciting and diverse record to date.