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The Darkness: 'New album is nearly complete'

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The Darkness have revealed that they have nearly completed their comeback album.

The band - who reformed earlier this year after frontman Justin Hawkins left the band in 2006 - have announced that work on their follow-up to 2005's One Way Ticket To Hell... And Back is nearly finished.

Hawkins told Total Guitar Magazine: "To use one analogy, the house is built. And it's a lovely house. How we decorate it is the next conundrum. We're getting to the stage where it's like, how much do we want to blow it?

"We could do all those big Queen arrangements, it's just whether we want to. Do you overblow it? Do you underblow it? Do you cup the sack while administering said b**wjob? Do you pop a finger up the arse? We have to decide how the happy ending goes."

Hawkins continued to explain that the new record is very much in the same vein as their debut Permission To Land and that they were influenced lyrically with moving back home to Suffolk.

He said: "Home is where the heart is. When you write songs, you need a grounding to set the stories in. There's a lot about small-town life.

"The album has songs about stuff that's happened to us in the town. As for influences, it's AC/DC, Queen, Aerosmith, et cetera."

The Darkness will play 16 dates across the UK and Ireland later this year.

Tickets for the gigs are on sale now and can be purchased via Digital Spy's online ticket store.

Watch the music video for 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love' by The Darkness below:

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