Some tracks were recorded in England, some in Nashville. In a rare interview, frontman/guitarist Justin Hawkins has talked about progress ahead of live dates in Australia.
Hawkins told Undercover.fm, “We started recording it properly last April, but we had to stop recording it because we had to do all the festivals that we did last summer in Europe. So, that stopped things for a while and we got back in, on and off: “It’s been about a year or something. It’s finished now and we’ve just got to decide which songs to include and use as bonus tracks, B-sides and stuff. One of the really good signs is that we can’t decide which ones. It’s pretty cool, there’s a good blend of old school rock and then some more luxurious rock and then there’s a big power ballad on it. We’re very happy with the mix of material.”
Of The Darkness’s second album, One Way Ticket…, Hawkins concedes studio trickery, production and live shows were perhaps overblown: “I think on the second album we used to do bigger production-ey stuff, I think because maybe the material needed it or warranted it, but we pretty much come from the perspective of being an old school rock band. Some songs are a bit glossier than others but essentially we’re four guys with guitars, actually two of us have guitars but there’s still four guys. So I’m really enjoying the more stripped down stuff.”