Hello music lovers! Welcome to another Tuneful Tuesday post–that time where I introduce music that inspired me during the past week and plug the musicians behind the tunes. This week I have two great bands for you. Read on to learn more about each…
Not familiar with The Darkness? Yeah, that’s what you think. Their music has become wildly famous, cropping up in all sorts of place. Let’s take a moment to learn a bit about the band.
The Darkness got its start in 2000 when Dan and Justin Hawkins (guitar and lead vocals respectively) got together with Frankie Poullain (bass) and Rufus Taylor (drums). A pretty auspicious beginning, considering Rufus Taylor is none other than the son of Roger Taylor from a little band (insert tongue in cheek) I know you’ve heard of, called Queen.
2003 saw the release of their debut album, Permission to Land. The album went quadruple platinum in the UK, with hits like I Believe in a Thing Called Love and Growing On Me. The band’s second album, One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back, followed in November 2005. In 2006, Justin Hawkins entered rehab and the band, unfortunately, took a break. Lucky for us, it wasn’t permanent! Their third album, Hot Cakes, came out in August 2012. Finally, their fourth studio alum, Last of Our Kind, hit stores this past June.
I love The Darkness. Hawkins’ vocals are reminiscent of Queen’s Mercury, while at the same time maintaining a balance between some serious rocking and absolute hilarity. Listen to my good friend Nicky Wells’ interview of The Darkness HERE.
One of the best tunes on the album is the title track. Have a listen below!
As much as I enjoy the hard rock that embodies The Darkness, there’s something to be said for classic Pop Rock. Nobody does that better than The Maine. If you aren’t familiar, The Maine–despite their name–hail from Tempe, Arizona. Their first release came in 2007 in the form of an EP, Stay Up, Get Down. A second EP The Way We Talk, followed in late 2007. Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, The Maine’s first full-length album came out in July 2008, with a holiday title, …And a Happy New Year to follow in December. The band’s second album, Black & White, released in 2010, with their third full-length album, Pioneer, following in 2011. Forever Halloween released June 4, 2013. Their fifth studio album, American Candy, was released in March 2015.
With a unique pop vibe, off-beat lyrics, and a tempo that’s happy to stray from the four-four norm, The Maine has been releasing hits for years–just not receiving the full attention they deserve. This week, I’ve been listening to the quirky English Girls from their latest release. However, it doesn’t matter what track you play. They’re all highly enjoyable.