The Darkness is back with Last of Our Kind, a stripped-down album that hearkens back to the original spirit of rock. Anchored by bassist Frankie Poullain, the band’s fourth studio effort was written in Ireland and thematically centers around defiance.
It’s also the first and only of their albums to featured drummer Emily Dolan Davies, who replaced original drummer Ed Graham before leaving the band in April. The Darkness is now completed by Rufus Tiger Taylor.
Poullain’s bass lines sit solid as a rock throughout the ten song romp, which he recorded with a Gibson Thunderbird and Hiwatt amp. “As you know with my style, I don’t get fancy,” he told us in an interview. “I like to keep it so it sounds almost punky and there’s more focus on the energy and attitude. I could have brought in different basses to go for different sounds, but I like that thing where it’s got an identity and a bit of character in the sound. [That way] people can hear it and say, ‘Okay, that’s him playing.’”
Listen to the bassist keep things beefy on the new single, “Open Fire”:
Last of Our Kind Track List:
- Open Fire
- Last of Our Kind
- Roaring Waters
- Wheels of the Machine
- Mighty Wings
- Sarah O’Sarah
- Hammer & Tongs