THE Hugger-mugger IS OUT – THE ANGELS RETURN TO THE DARKROOM




‘No Secrets’, The Angels’ commencement Tiptop 10 hit, concludes with a whispered question:




Can y’all delight tell me what the time is?




Remarkably, it’south time for the 40th
ceremony of
Darkroom, the archetype Angels album featuring ‘No Secrets’, ‘Face The Solar day’ and ‘Poor Baby’.







The Angels volition be touring the Darkroom album in 2021, having postponed the 2020 dates due to Covid 19. The album has been re-recorded the, both in the






studio and live. The alive show has also been filmed. Information technology’s role of The Angels’ “Recharged” series
(which has already seen the band revisit 1978’s
Face To Face
and their follow-upwardly album
No Get out
).







The band will play the
Darkroom
album in its entirety, followed past a set of Angels classics and some rarities.





Darkroom

, with its distinctive encompass – all-black, featuring just 2 menacing optics – is a record loaded with memories, for both fans and the band.




Somewhere in the dark room, at that place’due south a sign on the door that says, “Assist for those who’ve got the urge to stray” …





Darkroom


was the first album The Angels made after signing an international recording deal with CBS. The Angels were recording ‘The Moment’ when they heard that their friend Bon Scott – who had championed the ring – had died. And John Brewster fondly recalls Peter Garrett visiting the band and giving them a handwritten letter, wishing them all the best for their overseas take chances.

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Darkroom


became the band’s highest-charting album in the Us (where they were known equally Affections City), entering the
Billboard
charts at the end of 1980. The album besides hit number 5 in Australia.




Noted Australian stone biographer Murray Engleheart says ‘No Secrets’ and ‘Face The Day’ were “the about consummate expression of all the breach, isolation and psychosis that had long been at the core of The Angels … it was definitive, rolled-gilt Angels”. ‘Face The Day’ was afterwards covered by American band Great White. Their version charted in the UK when released as a single in 1986.



When the
Darkroom
anthology was released in Australia, on June 16, 1980, The Angels were the biggest ring in the state. They were all over
Countdown, in that location was a
Nightmoves
special, and they even popped up in
The Australian Women’due south Weekly. “For those of you faithfully dusting your Glenn Miller records,” the magazine helpfully introduced its readers to The Angels, “Australia’s superlative-drawing live band”.




Produced by the Brewster brothers,
Darkroom
took The Angels to the US, where they were famously kicked off The Kinks tour “for being too skilful”. Simply the band found some high-profile fans, including Guns North’ Roses, Cheap Flim-flam, Mötley Crüe and Pearl Jam.




Writing recently about the
Darkroom
song ‘The Moment’, Australian rock author Darryl Mason commented: “The Angels/Angel City played this during sold-out theatre shows in Seattle and Portland in the early 1980s. Think it had any influence on Grunge? There’south a half dozen Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam songs that audio like evolutions of Angels songs.”


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Darkroom


is complete with classic characters, tales of “wasted sleepless nights”, and unforgettable images:
Amanda, the actress, with dilettante steps
(‘No Secrets’),
Invisible darkness tin’t come across the tears I weep
(‘Confront The Twenty-four hours’),
Because dark comes early on when you’re lonely
(‘Nighttime Comes Early on’), and
When you wake up naked in a supermarket
(‘I’grand Scared’).




It’due south the story of seizing the moment –
One day of faceless living is 24 hours as well long! –
and of a band that comes alive on stage in dark rooms, demanding,
Give me the dark.





And musically, the
Darkroom
anthology is filled with thrills, including Rick Brewster’southward searing guitar solo in ‘No Secrets’, the thundering drums in ‘Dark Comes Early on’ (a song that encapsulates everything that makes The Angels great), the guitar interplay in ‘I’m Scared’, and John Brewster’southward harmonica break in ‘Devil’s Gate’.




The Angels have a storied history. And it’s a story that’southward even so existence written past founding members John and Rick Brewster, and singer Dave Gleeson, drummer Nick Norton, and John’s son, Sam, on bass.



“The band is re-energised to the extent that I experience like it’s a young ring once more,” Rick says. “I feel similar I felt when we started out.”



Growing up in Newcastle, Dave Gleeson – who subsequently formed The Screaming Jets – loved The Angels. “Their songs from the late ’70s and early on ’80s are more ingrained in me than fifty-fifty Jets songs, because they’ve been with me since I was 12 or 13 years old.”



Four decades on, it’southward time to shine a lite on an album that’south occasionally overlooked but remains an Aussie rock classic.

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Take a calculated thrill … staring voices, from the night room






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