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Hot Cakes

The Darkness

Hot Cakes

LabelCanary Dwarf Limited/Pias Recordings
VertriebRough Trade
VÖ-Datum24.8.2012

So 'ne Reunion kostet andere Bands Jahrzehnte. Waschechte Abhängigkeiten ihrer Mitglieder manchmal sogar die Zukunft. Da reißen The Darkness den ganzen "Dunkle-Zeiten"-Rockstarzirkus doch lieber schnell in knappen fünf Jahren ab und kehren mit einem Album zurück, das den unwiderstehlichen Charme des Glamrock feiert wie heute keine andere.

Und wieder sind es genau zwei Dinge, die Hot Cakes zu viel mehr als einem bloßen Revival machen: Umwerfendes musikalisches Vermögen und verflixt geschickte Satire. Das Prinzip, das die britischen Strassrocker schon mit ihrem ersten Album Permission To Land berühmt machte und das sich ebenso erfolgreich durch den zweiten Longplayer One Way Ticket to Hell ...and Back zog, klingt auf Hot Cakes weder abgeschmackt noch "out of style". Thin Lizzy, Queen und ein Haufen anderer Rockikonen - so genau und liebevoll beobachtet, dass das Endprodukt tatsächlich weniger nach Parodie als nach ernst gemeinter Hommage schmeckt.

Der Grund will wohl ein einfacher sein: Das Quartett um Falsett-Wunder Justin Hawkins liebt die Rockära der 70s und es liebt auch ihren Humor. Nur damit kann man schlussendlich über's Ficken oder seinen eigenen Schwanz singen, ohne albern zu wirken. Das wussten Kiss oder Van Halen und das wissen auch The Darkness. Doch unterscheiden sich Hawkins und Co. von anderen mehr oder minder ernst gemeinten Satire-Projekten wie Steel Panther. The Darkness zielt nicht auf flache Lacher. Es ist die Musik, die entscheidet. Und wenn es nebenbei noch lustig wird? Na, umso besser!

Einzig die Single Ever Inch Of You lenkt zu Anfang ein wenig davon ab, was den geneigten enghosigen Hörer nun (und zugegebenermaßen auch mal wieder) erwartet: Ein regelrechtes - ich entschuldige mich für die Platitüde - Feuerwerk an Hymnenwerk. Nothin's Gonna Stop Us , With A Woman, Everybody Have A Good Time. Einer ohrwurmbefallener als der Andere. "Große Melodien" ist dieses eine Mal nicht einfach nur dahergesagt, denn schließlich waren es auch die musikalischen Vorbilder der Band, die genau für diese so bekannt waren. Warum sich also mit neumodischen Anspruchslosigkeiten abgeben. Hot Cakes explodiert (und wieder das Feuerwerk) vor mitreißenden Zitaten, eingeschmolzen in die ganz eigene musikalische Geilheit der Band. Klar, die Texte sind manchmal ein bisschen doof, aber am Ende ist ja auch das ein Zitat.
Justin Hawkins ist in Höchstform (und sieht noch immer aus wie eine irgendwie erotisierte Version von Buffalo Bill aus Schweigen der Lämmer). Und zum krönenden Fast-Abschluss zerschreddert das Quartett Radioheads Street Spirit (Fade Out) zum galoppierenden Hairmetalfetzen. Die Wunschliste, auf der jetzt noch etwas steht, muss erst noch geschrieben werden.

Hot Cakes ist eine Liebeserklärung an eine Ära, die niemals - aber auch niemals - in Vergessenheit geraten darf, weil sie noch heute wahrhaft großartige Rockbands inspiriert. Ach ja, und wer jetzt völlig zurecht Bock auf grellbunte Spandexeinteiler bekommen hat - frag' mal bei The Darkness an, die haben sicher noch 'nen ganzen Schrank voll.

 

Tracklist:
  1. Every Inch Of You
  2. Nothin's Gonna Stop Us
  3. With A Woman
  4. Keep Me Hangin' On
  5. Living Each Day Blind
  6. Everybody Have A Good Time
  7. She's Just A Girl, Eddie
  8. Forbidden Love
  9. Concrete
  10. Street Spirit (Fade Out)
  11. Love Is Not The Answer
  12. I Can't Believe It's Not Love (Acoustic Version)
  13. Love Is Not The Answer (Acoustic Version)
  14. Pat Pong Ladies (Demo Mix)
  15. Cannonball (Long Version
Highlights:

Nothin's Gonna Stop Us, With A Woman, Concrete, She's Just A Girl, Eddie

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