Interview: Amanda Knight chats with The Darkness’ Frankie Poullain

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L to R: Dan Hawkins, Justin Hawkins, Rufus Taylor, Frankie Poullain
L to R: Dan Hawkins, Justin Hawkins, Rufus Taylor, Frankie Poullain

This week I would like to introduce to you, bassist Frankie Poullain, of British rock band The Darkness! I was quite delighted to talk to Frankie about how The Darkness has spread across this United States this autumn. Apart from being a bass player with a distinctive sound, Frankie takes time from the road to stop and charm us with his quick wit, and woo us with his suave style.

Q: What’s up Frankie? I want to thank you for taking the time to talk with me. Would you mind taking a moment to tell our readers a little bit of history about The Darkness?

A: It’s a pleasure, thank you. In regards to telling you about the band, history is written by the winners and I’m not sure if I’m a winner. Having said that, I suppose Google means that “history” is written by any twerp who feels he has the right to pronounce forth on something he knows very little about. My concise history of the band: We came, we saw, we conquered, we imploded and now we go again.

Q: How has the North American leg of the Blast of Our Kind Tour been?

A: It’s been a blast and our people have been very kind. Seriously.

Q: In which city have you encountered the most enthusiastic fans?

A: [In] New York, funnily enough. And outside the states, I’d say Vancouver [British Columbia, Canada].

Q: What song do you like to run through during sound checks to ensure you’ve got your

 Frankie Poullain, The Darkness
Frankie Poullain, The Darkness

personal sound the way you like it?

A: The other day it was “Ghostbusters”. [Frankie also says], “Love is Only a Feeling” [is used] to feel the size of the room.

Q: I listened to The Last of Our Kind in its entirety. Then immediately I listened to it again…and then a third time. It’s really a fantastic album! How many songs from the new album are in your live set?

A: Four or five, it depends. We also have a brand new one, “Rack of Glam”, which is about man’s relationship with the female ‘boob’. It’s quite Freudian and revealing. Justin is a very brave lyricist and so few people seem to notice.

Q: What is your favorite track on the album?

A: “Mighty Wings”. It is an epic and befuddling ode to death, or suicide, depending on your interpretation.

Q: Care to share some of the acoustical properties of your bass and its design?

Dan Hawkins, Guitar/Vocals
Dan Hawkins, Guitar/Vocals

A: Lower sounds are harder to describe than clear, high registers. The sound is a mystery; it has warmth, but it is warmth borne of hostility. It could be described as ‘sexy’ if you’re feeling charitable. The design is awkward and yet sublime. It’s a farcical looking thing, really, but I love it.

Q: Who are some bassists who have influenced you and your style?

A: Socrates, Knut Hamsun, John Fante – bassists of the human soul, as in they struck deep notes.

Q: What album or musician inspired you to pick up the bass?

A: Dan Hawkins.

Q: You wrote an autobiography. Would you encourage us to find what we’re not good at and nurse it like a good drink?

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Justin Hawkins, Lead Vocals/Guitar

A: Not nurse it, no. I don’t believe in ‘comfort goths’ or nurse culture in general – except for in the bedroom.

Q: What’s next for The Darkness?

A: Australia, UK, Europe, Eastern Europe, South America and a new album, 5, which will be a hard rock, Paul’s Boutique/White Album.

Q: What’s next for Frankie? A strong cocktail? A rainy afternoon? A studio session?

A: How about a strong cock, rainy tail and afternoon session? Not gay by the way, just saying…

Q: Finally, is there anything else you’d like to add?

A: I prefer to subtract. Americans have too much and most of it is rubbish. [I] still love it though!

The Darkness has concluded their US leg of the Blast of Our Kind tour and will be performing their first Australian date on November 6 in Adalaide, Australia. Their album Last of Our Kind is available on vinyl, MP3, and compact disc. Be sure to check out the video for “Last of Our Kind” at http://bit.ly/1VN9qfc and “Open Fire” at http://smarturl.it/openfirevid I want to wish The Darkness best wishes as they travel to, and conquer, Australia!

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Interviewed/Written by: Amanda Knight @AmandaJill82

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