The Darkness is ready to take on “power-hungry clowns” and save us from despair, at least according to their latest video post on Twitter. On Thursday (April 4), the British band formally announced the release of their new studio effort in the same over-the-top clip. Dubbed Easter is Cancelled, the new album is due out Oct. 4 through Cooking Vinyl Records.
Pre-orders for the upcoming album are currently available on the band’s website. Easter is Cancelled is the follow-up to 2017’s Pinewood Smile.
The album’s confirmation comes after the band posted their quasi-call to arms video on the social media platform. The clip finds frontman Justin Hawkins making a grand speech about the dark times we are currently in, while also inquiring about the whereabouts of the heroes we need and deserve.
As the speech continues, Hawkins reveals that the members of the Darkness are in fact those tights-wearing heroes ready to fight with every weapon in their arsenal (the guitar axe, the drum hammer, the bejeweled codpiece, and the banshee wail of righteous anger).
The video ends with the singer saying: “This is the first day in our new world and Easter is cancelled. Let us begin. Death or glory, my friends. Which will it be?” The video transitions from the band standing on the green field to the forthcoming album’s cover art.
In a message to fans, the act also revealed plans to embark on a United Kingdom/European tour. Those dates will reportedly be unveiled next week.
Fans who pre-order the album will gain special pre-sale access to tickets for that upcoming tour. A link will be emailed to those who pre-order the album on Tuesday, April 9, at 9 a.m. local time. Keep in mind; the pre-sale codes are only for the band’s forthcoming UK tour.