31 Jul 2008

Sparks interview

+ posted by FlamingWhopper

Excerpt:

"Did you ever imagine your music would be so timeless?

You’re just excited you have a record and everything is wonderful and you never think of influencing anyone. We’ve just now been made aware of it. Like Franz Ferdinand, who we might be working with at some point and Morrissey and then electronic bands like Sparks for different reasons. About four months ago Justin Hawkins of The Darkness covered This Town Isn’t Big Enough for Both Us and it would seem he wouldn’t have been a big fan of Sparks. It’s a really disparate group of bands and it’s kind of bizarre and all over the map but it’s also encouraging that people can find what we’re doing appealing."

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31 Jul 2008

Justin Hawkins: After The Darkness

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Suite 101 have a new article written by James Blake. Click here to view.

Excerpt:
"After leaving The Darkness for rehab, Justin Hawkins is back and better than ever. Ahead is a look at the activities and bands the hard rock falsetto king is now heading."
29 Jul 2008
Details of tomorrows issue of Kerrang! (out 30th July):

"...Plus! The Bronx complete work on their mariachi and punk double release, former Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins returns with Hot Leg, Chiodos man attempts suicide, Fightstar prepare new rarities album, Russian government bans emo, Velvet Revolver one step closer to finding new singer, Bring Me The Horizon go busking, we Introduce Jet Lag Gemini and Secondsmile, we get hot and sweaty on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem tour with Slipknot, Disturbed and Machine Head."

29 Jul 2008

Sad But True

+ posted by FlamingWhopper

From the Stone Gods myspace page:

"It is with very heavy hearts indeed that we have to announce the permanent departure of drummer and founding member Ed Graham from Stone Gods.
Unfortunately Ed has been physically unable, for a number of reasons, to fill the stool-position for some time and won't be able to refill it any time soon. Right now being in a rock band is simply not the best place for him.
It's been horrid and heart-wrenching realizing and coming to terms with this fact, but we all have to move on in order to keep this thing going. There is too much passion and love involved from us and from you, our loyal fans, for us to simply draw the shutters and shut up shop.

We realize that there will be some very disappointed and saddened people out there as a result of this, but let us assure you that we are amongst you. Now, more than ever, we all need to pull together and be positive about the future. I promise, it looks pretty darned bright once you see through the fog.

Unfortunately due to all of this, we will be unable to appear at Wacken festival, which is a terrible but unavoidable shame. There's a lot of that going around at the minute. Still, we're keeping our chins up and so should you! We're taking on the world regardless.

We thank you all, from the bottom of our collective heart, for your ongoing and invaluable support. You guys rule.

As always, love, respect and horns raised firmly aloft,

Stone Gods."
29 Jul 2008

Light follows the Darkness

+ posted by FlamingWhopper

Former Huddersfield student Justin Hawkins shot to fame with Darkness ... before drink and drugs took its toll. Now he’s back with a new band. ANDREW BALDWIN reports

JUSTIN Hawkins was a rock guitarist and singer with the world at his feet.

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