Stone Gods offer a heavy way out of The Darkness

Colin Wilson Coming straight out of Lowestoft via the glam-tinged rock of the Darkness, Stone Gods return to the Waterfront, Norwich, on Sunday (7.30pm).When the rollercoaster ride of the Darkness came to an abrupt end with the departure of Justin Hawkins, the remaining members of the band began plans to form a new group within the hour.

Colin Wilson

Coming straight out of Lowestoft via the glam-tinged rock of the Darkness, Stone Gods return to the Waterfront, Norwich, on Sunday (7.30pm).

When the rollercoaster ride of the Darkness came to an abrupt end with the departure of Justin Hawkins, the remaining members of the band began plans to form a new group within the hour.

“The whole thing had fallen apart,” says former bassist and Stone Gods' singer/guitarist Richie Edwards.

“I got the phone call from Justin and thought 'that's it', but half an hour later Dan rang me and said, 'Rich, do you fancy doing a bit of singing?' We got together and started writing and it's snowballed from there.” A tougher, edgier and heavier beast than their former band, Stone Gods are fronted by the powerful vocals of Edwards, Dan Hawkins on lead guitar, former Graham Coxon alumnus Toby MacFarlaine on bass and Ed Graham on drums.

Their debut album, Silver Spoons and Broken Bones, will be released on July 7 with a mixture of crunching heavy metal anthems, radio-rock and ballads. Burn the Witch was the lead track from the band's four-track debut EP which sold out its 2,000 print run in a flash.

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“We're all very confident,” adds Dan. “We won't repeat any mistakes from the past. We've got a really punk rock attitude. I don't have to play the game anymore. I'm not in a pop band. I don't want to be a celebrity. I'm just so happy to be in this band. The music is the only thing that matters.”

Support comes from Big Linda and local rock band Hellcat.

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