Remarkably, it’s time for the 40th anniversary of Darkroom, the classic Angels album featuring ‘No Secrets’, ‘Face The Day’ and ‘Poor Baby’.
The Angels will be touring the Darkroom album in 2020, re-recording the album, both in the studio and live. The live show will also be filmed. It’s part of The Angels’ “Recharged” series (which has already seen the band revisit 1978’s Face To Face, while this year’s 40th anniversary celebration of No Exit kicks off in Adelaide on June 28).
The band will play the Darkroom album in its entirety, followed by a set of Angels classics and some rarities.
Darkroom, with its distinctive cover – all-black, featuring just two menacing eyes – is a record loaded with memories, for both fans and the band.
Darkroom was the first album The Angels made after signing an international recording deal with CBS, and it became the band’s highest-charting album in the US (where they were known as Angel City), entering the Billboard charts at the end of 1980. The album also hit number five in Australia.
The Angels have a storied history. And it’s a story that’s still being written by 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 feel like it’s a young band again,” Rick says. “I feel like I felt when we started out.”
Growing up in Newcastle, Dave Gleeson – who later formed The Screaming Jets – loved The Angels. “Their songs from the late ’70s and early ’80s are more ingrained in me than even Jets songs, because they’ve been with me since I was 12 or 13 years old.”
Four decades on, it’s time to shine a light on an album that’s occasionally overlooked but remains an Aussie rock classic. Take a calculated thrill … staring voices, from the dark room