The Darkness Biography

The Darkness is a British rock band from Lowestoft, Suffolk, formed in 2000. The band consists of Justin Hawkins (lead vocals, guitar), his brother Dan Hawkins (guitar, backing vocals), Frankie Poullain (bass, backing vocals) and Ed Graham (drums).

The Darkness came to prominence with the release of their debut album, Permission to Land, in 2003. Backed by the singles "I Believe in a Thing Called Love", "Growing on Me", "Get Your Hands off My Woman", and "Love is Only a Feeling", the album was certified quadruple platinum in the United Kingdom, with sales of over 1,300,000. In 2004 the band won three Brit Awards: Best British Group, Best British Rock Act, and Best British Album.

After extensive touring in support of their debut album, Poullain left the band in 2005, and was replaced by former guitar technician Richie Edwards. The band's second studio album, One Way Ticket to Hell... and Back, was released in November 2005. The following year, Justin Hawkins departed from the band after successfully completing a course of rehabilitation from alcohol and cocaine abuse. As a result, the remaining members formed Stone Gods, and continued to perform and record without Hawkins, who subsequently fronted his own project, Hot Leg.

On 15 March 2011, The Darkness announced reunion shows, with original bassist Frankie Poullain, including Download Festival 2011, and the Isle of Wight Festival 2012. Their third album, Hot Cakes, was released on 20 August 2012.

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The Darkness' Justin Hawkins: 'I connect with a gay audience'

'I think we're all a bit effeminate', says singer

  • Aug 24, 2012

The Darkness debut studio cover of Radiohead's 'Street Spirit (Fade Out)'

The glam-rockers' take on the classic track from 'The Bends' is now streaming online

  • Jul 24, 2012

The Darkness unveil new single 'Everybody Have A Good Time' – listen

Band preview new album 'Hot Cakes' with new single

  • Jun 27, 2012

The Darkness: 'We autographed a dog's testicles'

Rockers elected drummer to sign the stuffed dog because he has the shortest name in the band

  • Jun 19, 2012

The Darkness unveil new track 'Every Inch Of You' – listen

Spandex-clad rockers reveal a second taste of 'Hot Cakes'

  • May 31, 2012

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Freedom At Last

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Ghetto Sunrise

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The Darkness Reviews

The Darkness - 'Hot Cakes'

The Darkness - 'Hot Cakes'

A fun comeback album filled with screeching and penis jokes

  • Aug 16, 2012

The Darkness - 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us'

It's a touch too optimistic

  • Feb 3, 2012

The Darkness: Alexandra Palace, London, Tuesday February 7

Snapping at the crowd, exposing his beer belly and turning up for his own gig. Justin Hawkins’ mistakes just roll on and on

  • Feb 16, 2006

The Darkness : Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)

In WW1 they stopped shooting each other on Christmas Day to play football. In the same spirit, The Darkness are single of the week

  • Dec 13, 2003

The Darkness : Cardiff University

Laugh? We bought the bloody T-shirt.

  • Oct 24, 2003

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