The Darkness’ New Single Is An Old-School Metal Track About Banging A Robot

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Everyone knows The Darkness from “I Believe In A Thing Called Love,” their 2003 hard rock anthem that took the world by storm. But the band continues to grind on almost twenty years later, and have just dropped the title track from their new album Motorheart  — and man, it’s a lot of fun.

The theme of “Motorheart” is one that’s been explored by rock and metal bands for ages: having sex with a robot. However, unlike a lot of the tracks before it that ask if androids dream of electric skeet skeet skeet, this one’s lyric video actually does a good job of following through on the concept. The track starts off being about how awesome it is to have an artificial lover all to one’s self…but over time, the titular robot becomes unhappy. She stops obeying orders. She realizes that her “boyfriend” is just using her. Suddenly, one can’t help but wonder if frontman Justin Hawkins is actually the villain in this situation, or, if what’s presented in the video is, whether or not his robot lover is nothing more than a Hoover vacuum. Like, literally, the vacuum cleaner.

“‘Motorheart’ rocks harder than anything we’ve done before,” says Hawkins. “It makes me happy and proud to crank it up and literally shake my Swiss chalet to its foundations. Dan did an awesome job on the production, it’ll take your face off, but your skull will be grinning from meatus to meatus. Please, to enjoy.”

Check out “Motorheart” below:

The Darkness’ Motorheart comes out November 19th via Cooking Vinyl, and is available for preorder. Check out the cover art below:

Catch the band on tour later this year one of the following dates:

11/17 – Brighton Dome, Brighton
11/19 – Winter Gardens, Margate
11/20 – O2 Academy, Bournemouth
11/21 – Cliffs Pavillion, Southend
11/23 – UEA, Norwich
11/24 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
11/26 – The Hexagon, Reading
11/27 – The Great Hall, Cardiff
11/29 – The Great Hall, Exeter
11/30 – G Live, Guilford
12/2 – O2 Academy, Liverpool
12/3 – Academy, Manchester
12/4 – Bonus Arena, Hull
12/6 – The Victoria, Stoke-on-Trent
12/7 – O2 Academy, Bristol
12/9 – Barrowlands, Glasgow
12/10 – O2 Academy, Newcastle
12/11 – O2 Academy, Leeds
12/13 – Rock City, Nottingham
12/14 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
12/16 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
12/17 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London


Words by Chris Krovatin