Well done drummer Emily Dolan Davies on your new drummer job.
The Darkness have announced that Emily Dolan Davies is their new drummer and are planning to release a new album in March 2015. Davies was on the recording of The Darkness’s upcoming album, tentatively titled ‘Cliffhanger,’ and frontman Justin Hawkins is excited about their new female addition. He told Classic Rock Magazine that their new drummer is a “hard hitter” who has “revitalized” the band and has the “chops and the attitude that you need to be The Darkness’s drummer.”
Her resume includes playing on Bryan Ferry’s album ‘Olympia’, touring with hip-hop artist Tricky and doing a U.K. festival run with Cher Lloyd. She replaces The Darkness’ founding member Ed Graham, who exited the band in late 2014. Hawkins says the separation from Graham was amicable, stating, “For one reason or another, he wasn’t capable of doing his job anymore. We’re still friends with Ed. But now that we have Emily in the band, the worry is gone.” Back in 2013, we reported that The Darkness had to cancel tour dates because Graham was suffering from severe hip problems.
As for their new disc, Hawkins says fans can expect to hear The Darkness’s take on “medieval rock,” which he calls “medi-urban.” He says their vibe is “definitely stripped back — with the exception of some mandolins.” The upcoming effort is The Darkness’s follow-up to their 2012 album ‘Hot Cakes’ and was produced by Justin’s bandmate and brother Dan Hawkins at his Leeders Farm Studio in Norfolk.
Here’s what Emily said about this Foo-Fighters video cover – ‘So this video was inspired by my wonderful sister who saw me play this song at a local jam night and said that there’s not enough of me playing on the internet so why not put it up for everyone to see! The fairy lights idea came to me just as I was falling asleep the night before filming this. Enjoy’.