British rockers THE DARKNESS have recruited Emily Dolan Davies (pictured) as their new drummer. The band has just completed recording its new album, tentatively titled "Cliffhanger", for a March 2015 release via Wind-Up.Emily Dolan Davies, who has previously worked with Bryan Ferry and Tricky, has "revitalized" THE DARKNESS, according to frontman Justin Hawkins. "She's a hard hitter," he tells UK's Classic Rock magazine. "She's got the chops and the attitude that you need to be THE DARKNESS's drummer. She also makes us feel like dirty old men." Regarding THE DARKNESS's split with founding member Ed Graham in late 2014, Hawkins says: "Ed has had some well-publicized health problems in the past. And for one reason or another, he wasn't capable of doing his job anymore. We're still friends with Ed. But now that we have Emily in the band, the worry is gone." The follow-up to 2012's "Hot Cakes", "Cliffhanger" was recorded at Leeders Farm Studio in Norfolk, owned by guitarist Dan Hawkins, who also produced the album.
"The new album is brutal," Justin Hawkins tells Classic Rock. "It's definitely stripped back — with the exception of some mandolins. But when you’re doing medieval rock, you should have a mandolin on it. And while I wouldn't say that this is our 'Rainbow Rising', we're definitely exploring the myths of old. It's medieval rock, but it still sounds like THE DARKNESS. It's medi-urban, I suppose.…"