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'Besterday' Podcast: The Darkness on New 'Pinewood Smile' Album & Those Catsuits From 2003

Bianca Gracie & special guests, The Darkness' Justin Hawkins and Rufus Tiger Taylor, detail the journey of their new album and reflect on their classic "I Believe In a Thing Called Love" hit

What's up doc! Besterday is back with a dope new episode! Bianca Gracie's weekly pop culture nostalgia podcast will remind you of all the throwback one-hit-wonder jams you listened to on your Walkman and the classic Nickelodeon shows you craved.

This week we're joined by The Darkness' Justin Hawkins and Rufus Tiger Taylor as we celebrate the release of their new album Pinewood Smile (which drops on Oct. 6). The frontman and drummer stopped by the Fuse offices to play a few songs from the album as well as to dive into some nostalgia from their early career days. And as always, we also break down the latest news on upcoming movie and TV remakes (you know those are never slowing down!) and music updates.

Listen and subscribe to Besterday on iTunes!

In this episode, we chat about:

—The story behind the band's new songs "All The Pretty Girls," "Solid Gold" and "Southern Trains" (we even play some of the tunes for you!)
—The band's grossest tour moments (it involves a bathroom...)
—Looking back on their 2003 breakout hit "I Believe In A Thing Called Love"
—Why Justin Hawkins loves catsuits so much
—Why there doesn't need to be a Hocus Pocus reboot (we're looking at you, Disney Channel!)

And, of course, we reveal our favorite throwback songs of the week!

Listen above now, and be sure to subscribe and listen on iTunes. Got thoughts on the episode or what you want to hear on the show next week? Chat with Bianca on Twitter or join the conversation using the #Besterday hashtag!

Find Bianca on Twitter at @BiancaEnRogue           
Find The Darkness on Twitter at @TheDarkness

To keep the Besterday spirit alive throughout your week, stream/subscribe to this playlist of our favorite throwback songs below (we'll continue to add with each episode):

Click here for more information on The Darkness' upcoming North American 2018 Tour De Prance and check out all the dates below. After that, take it back to 2012 where the band chats about their love for tea in a classic Fuse interview.

The Darkness' 2018 Tour Dates

March 29 — Los Angeles, Calif. — Fonda Theatre
March 30 — Las Vegas, Nev. — Brooklyn Bowl
March 31 — San Francisco, Calif. — Regency Ballroom
April 2 — Portland, Ore. –Crystal Ballroom
April 3 — Seattle, Wash. — Showbox
April 4 — Vancouver, B.C. — Vogue Theatre
April 6 — Salt Lake City, Utah — The Complex
April 7 — Englewood, Colo. — Gothic Theatre
April 8 — Kansas City, Mo. — The Truman
April 10 — Milwaukee, Wisc. — Turner Hall Ballroom
April 11 — Chicago, Ill. — Park West
April13 — Detroit, Mich. — Majestic Theatre
April 14 — Cleveland, Ohio — Agora Ballroom
April 15 — Toronto, ON — The Phoenix Concert Theatre
April 17 — Montreal, QC — Corona Theatre
April 18 — Philadelphia, Penn. — The Trocadero Theatre
April 20 — Brooklyn, N.Y. — Brooklyn Steel
April 21 — Sayreville, N.J. — Starland Ballroom
April 22 — Boston, Mass. — Royale
April 24 — Baltimore, Md. — Rams Head Live!
April 25 — Norfolk, Va. — The NorVa
April 27 — Charlotte, N.C. — The Underground
April 28 — Atlanta, Ga. — Terminal West
April 30 — New Orleans, La. — Civic Theatre
May 1 — Austin, Texas — Emo’s
May 2 — Dallas, Texas — South Side Music Hall

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