The only contempory band to encapture my interest and enthusiasm was The Darkness. I obsessed over their debut album, 'Permission to Land', and obsessed even more over their second album, 'One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back'. Between Justin Hawkins' soaring vocals and the band's solid wall of sound they severely dented the music industry. However, because Justin Hawkins needed rehabilitation, the band fell apart and into two seperate artists: Stone Gods & Hot Leg.
Stone Gods are the band members of The Darkness without Justin Hawkins. And more interestingly, Hot Leg is Justin Hawkins with new band members. I can't help but question who will, if any, succeed the other in popularity and/or music quality. Obviously, both new artists will not fail their fans again, as they have both stated several times that they have learned from the past. Actually, Justin Hawkins has been sober for approx. 685 days now!
Which artist entices you more? Stone Gods claim to take a completely different direction, while Justin Hawkins and his new band are clearly keeping the old approach (that crazy kinkyness and campyness). I'm afraid, and this comes from listening to their music online, that Stone Gods will become just another typical artist with very few surprises if any at all. And from listening to 'Heroes', Hot Leg's newest song which is free online, I get the feeling they will continue to stay true to innovation, if such a thing exists anymore.
Visit the following sites if you're interested to learn more about these artists:
Stone Gods: http://www.myspace.com/thestonegods
Hot Leg: http://www.myspace.com/barbecuerock
Let us know how you feel about the two bands, and who you feel will most likely gain more popularity.
"Fuck today, it's tomorrow." - Freddie Mercury