Rather accidentally, a new record released by The Darkness about their journey to south London on Southern Railway has reached more ears than intended.

It was a song made for fun as guitarist Dan Hawkins and his brother Justin commuted on Southern for three months to make their new album.

“Honestly, it wasn’t even meant for the album hence why there’s so much swearing,” Dan explained.

“If you write something that you thinks going to be a single you tone it down; we toned this one up. The label wanted it out and we were like ‘oh my god’.

“We are not renowned for protest songs. It was just a moment in time.”

Dan believes his brother marrying a Swiss girl was poor preparation for their daily three month commute from Sussex for Putney.

“He was coming from a reference of Switzerland transport where there are public floggings if a train is late,” Dan joked.

A 55-minute door to door journey was often taking three hours, according to Dan, who was also aggrieved by how uncomfortable the trains were.

Dan doesn’t expect the song to inspire any improvements.

“It’s more a relief for people to hear someone screaming what they would like to scream on a daily basis.

“My brother would love it if something actually happened. But you can’t really do anything about it, that’s the frustrating thing. You can complain all you want but it won’t change anything.”

Dan said the rock band enjoyed putting the song together despite him not being able to play it to his children, who are aged nine months, six and seven.

As for the rest of the album, Pinewood Smile, Dan said fans can expect less swearing and more melody.

The makers of the hit singles ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’ and ‘Christmas Time’ are releasing the album on October 13 with a tour followed in December.

A recent commute temporally gave Dan hope for the future of London’s trains, until a spilled drink once again ignited his indignation.

He said: “I think the train was from Luton going to Blackfriars. Wow, it was really lovely and brand spanking new.

“I sat down on my commute to London. I had my sandwich and tea. When I went to pull the flap down for my tea, it wasn’t there.

“F****** hell. We are going back to the dark ages. We will be on a horse and cart going into London next. I left the tea on the floor and someone came on and knocked it over. For f*** sake.

“But I guess when the trains work, they’re great,” Dan said.