The Darkness to reform

Band set to return without Justin Hawkins

The Darkness have announced they are in the studio, without former lead singer Justin Hawkins.

As previously reported, bassist Richie Edwards has taken over vocals.

The three remaining members from Lowestoft have confirmed that they are currently recording a new album, but that the record will be released under a different name.

Justin Hawkins quit the band after checking himself into The Priory for an alleged cocaine addiction, which he claimed cost him over £150,000.

Speaking on his MySpace page, Richie Edwards told fans, “It’s finally happened, the big red record button has been pressed and we’ve officially started our album.”