Jan 25, 2013

The Boys Are Back In Town… The Darkness Live Review and Photos from The Newport Music Hall

We sent a guest reviewer, Kyle McMullen, to cover The Darkness at Newport Music Hall last Wednesday. The following is his account with a few minor edits and some kickass pics:

I have to preface this review by saying that anything I write regarding what I witnessed last night will tragically fall short of the true brilliance that melted my face at the Newport Music Hall.

After a very energetic opening performance by Hell or Highwater, the classic rock began to pipe into the hall. As the roadies took the stage making the appropriate equipment changes and checks, “ironic” poetry blared from the PA: “Guess who just got back today? Them wild-eyed boys that had been away. Haven’t changed, haven’t much to say. But man, I still think them cats are crazy!”

At this moment, I prepared for a fistful of rock as all the lights went out and from the black, an angelic chorus. A few minutes of harmonies and synths, which will soundtrack my funeral, enter The Darkness from a seemingly divine light.

I immediately had visions of Freddie Mercury as Justin Hawkins donned a white and black striped jump suit exclaiming: “We are The Darkness … We are here on fucking business!”

This was most certainly the truth, as business was handedly dealt as the energy rode through the audience like a majestic holographic steed, galloping upon uncontrollable cheers.

As The Darkness played you could clearly tell that after their short respite to clean themselves up, the boys were indeed “back in town.” Although the performance, lyrics and mannerisms were brimming with humor, you could hear the fluidity, cohesion and love for their art with a sound as much gritty as glam.

Smooth bass rhythms pocketed with inescapable drums made ample room for dual guitar harmonics… GUITARMONY! Coupled with the high falsetto of Justin orchestrating each note, the band was fearless to stretch their comfort zone while keeping everything aligned with the expectations of THE Darkness.

Singing can be difficult right? Singing falsetto is more so. Singing falsetto while doing copious amounts of cardio, matching each ass cheek clench to the kick drum, standing on your head doing inverted jumping jacks, climbing the speaker tower of justice and being hoisted around the hall on the back of your band mate while rocking a guitar solo… IMPOSSIBLE?!

The heart of The Darkness is clearly alive and well, which comes as great relief because I don’t know if I can take another hiatus.

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