As ‘Permission To Land’ heads to the top of the charts, The Darkness take their first steps across the pond...

In the week that The Darkness’ ‘PERMISSION TO LAND’ has gone to Number One for the first time in the UK, the band have brought forward the American release of the album due to massive interest in the group.

‘Permission To Land’ has rocketed back up the charts towards the top spot. Chart expert Gennaro Castaldo told NME.COM their continuing success is “a hell of an achievement” for the band, who were unknowns at the start of the year.

“If The Darkness make it to Number One it will have been a hell of an achievement as they’ve seemingly come from nowhere to become the UK’s hottest rock act,” he said. “It shouldn’t come as such a surprise when you consider the massive exposure they’ve received from Glastonbury and the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals. This has helped build a very dedicated fan base in a short time. Particularly Knebworth – which, crucially, has also allowed them to cross over to a mainstream audience, which you always need for chart success.”

Now The Darkness‘ record company are hoping to replicate that success in the US, where the likes of Knebworth headliner Robbie Williams failed. In an attempt to capitalise on the attention in the UK, the US release of ‘Permission To Land’ has been brought forward by Atlantic Records.

The album, which debuted in this country at Number Two, was initially due out in the States in early 2004 but will now be released on September 16. The release will also tie in with the Spandex gods’ headlining appearances at the New York Bowery Ballroom (September 18), Toronto Lee’s Palace (20) and The Los Angeles Roxy (22).

“Justin’s already being recognised in the street over there,” a source close to the band told NME.COM. “They’re going to go and play a few gigs to see how they get on. It’s an exciting time.”