Having recently stormed U.K.'s Download festival with a secret set backed with a crowd of barbarians (and a 30-row-strong crowd outside the tent!), British rockers THE DARKNESS unleash a new single on August 21. "Last of Our Kind" is the title track of the band's recent fourth album, which entered the U.K. chart at No. 12 on its release in June. The song has been described as "part VAN HALEN, part WATERBOYS, ALL THE DARKNESS." It features a record-smashing choir of several thousand DARKNESS enthusiasts (The Darkness Army) who each contributed their individual performances using the Internet service. The single, described by one reviewer as "[the track's] effortlessly catchy hooks and righteous leads deliver pure rock perfection," is a stomping rocker which demands hands be thrown in the air (when not playing air guitar on the excellent solo).For the video, the band decided to go back to the fans and 15 were chosen to come to the video shoot and asked to get "freaky on camera." The result is a very entertaining film which shows THE DARKNESS's audience are as wonderful as the band. Singer Justin Hawkins explained: "Where would we be without our fans? Well, we wouldn't have a video for a start. Or at least, we wouldn't have a video with quite so many brilliant people in it. I'm so proud of them; they never disappoint us." The album "Last of Our Kind" has received some of the best reviews of THE DARKNESS's career to date, with Classic Rock proclaiming it "a glorious return to form for the flamboyant rockers … They've only gone and made their finest album since 'Permission To Land'" while Total Guitar said: "Their very British blend of battle rock and classy ballads still hits the spot." THE DARKNESS has announced a U.K. tour for November/December where they will entertain and astonish fans all over the country with their marvelous tunes and killer riffs. A few UK festival spots will also warm them up nicely.
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