The Darkness – Motorheart

With a running time of five minutes, Motorheart is a heavy-metal thundercloud, preceding what we anticipate to be a colossal storm of an album

In their first release since their 2019 album Easter is Cancelled, Suffolk rockers The Darkness have returned with their electric new single Motorheart

Speaking about the single, singer Justin Hawkins said ‘Motorheart rocks harder than anything we’ve ever done before… It’ll take your face off, but your skull will still be grinning from meatus to meatus.’ 

In traditional Darkness fashion, Motorheart is a combustion of complex guitar progression and loud audacious drumming. Justin’s falsetto is still as awe inspiring as it was when the rockers exploded onto the scene nearly twenty years ago with 2003’s Permission to Land

The lyrics explore a relationship with a robot, celebrating the apparent simplicities in a droid relationship: ‘I never had much luck with women, so I bought myself a droid, Her metal chest is extra large, When I’ve had enough of her, I just put her on charge,’ the incorporation of science fiction and comical lyricism is nothing new to the band, who’s vast discography is littered with witticism and album artwork centralised on all things extra terrestrial. 

The band have also released details about their seventh album named after the lead single Motorheart, and announced a UK tour in November and December 2021. Frontman Justin Hawkins released a statement announcing the tour, saying: ‘the time has come, the walrus said… to put your pants on your head and rock like Satan is eating your private parts with a pointy fork!’ 

With a running time of five minutes, Motorheart is a heavy-metal thundercloud, preceding what we anticipate to be a colossal storm of an album from The Darkness. 

Words: Benedict Shirley

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