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Hawkins takes his Hot Leg on the road

August 5, 2008
Hot Leg

Hot Leg

Having worn a series of flamboyant catsuits in his time fronting theatrical rockers The Darkness, Justin Hawkins has been facing a dilemma about whether he should rekindle his love affair with spandex when he takes his new band, Hot Leg, on their debut UK tour.

‘I’ve still got some of the catsuits,’ he says, ‘and luckily, because I’ve been looking after myself a bit better, I fit into them again. But should I move on? Obviously, it’s the ultimate singing uniform, but I don’t know if it’s right for the Leg at this stage. Perhaps for encores and big shows I could start bringing out the one-piece.’

According to Hawkins, who has been on a self-enforced sabbatical following the messy demise of The Darkness in 2006, the stage outfits for his new group will most likely consist of ‘unbelievably 1980s trainers, headbands and the tightest jeans that you can imagine.’

When talking about their sound, he describes Hot Leg as a more intense version of his previous outfit. ‘The hooks are hookier, the guitar solos are faster and more plentiful and everything is just louder and at a higher contrast,’ he enthuses.

A subsequent enquiry into Hawkins’ well-publicised battle with drink and drugs is quickly dismissed by the falsetto-voiced singer, although he does proudly state that the final gig on this four-date UK tour will mark exactly two years of sobriety.

Having exorcised his demons, the past 12 months have been devoted to writing and recording Hot Leg’s debut album, which will be released early next year. Describing it as ‘a great big shiny rock record’, Hawkins is optimistic that Hot Leg will appeal to his past fans, claiming: ‘If you liked The Darkness because they were different to every other band, then you’re going to love the Leg even more.’

Thu Aug 7, Barfly, 78 High Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, 7.30pm, £10. Tel: 0844 847 2424.


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