Turn it up to 11: The Darkness on how they survived 17 years in the music business

Ben Homewood

We’re never gonna stop shitting out solid gold!”

Welcome to life in The Darkness in 2017. Dressed in sunglasses and an implausibly tight safari suit and slurping a cappuccino through a straw, Justin Hawkins is quoting the lyrics to Solid Gold, from the band’s fifth album, Pinewood Smile.

“That song sets the tone,” he says. “On the last two albums we’ve been getting our shit together, now we know what we’re always gonna do: shit out solid gold.”

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