UK rockers The Darkness return on Tuesday (Aug 21)with “Hot Cakes,” the reunited band’s third studio album.
After a seven-year wait, the new project – produced by the band's Justin and Dan Hawkins with longtime collaborator Nick Brine and mixed by Bob Ezrin – is expected to deliver the epic rock anthems and infectious pop choruses the multi-platinum band has become renowned for worldwide.
Since The Darkness – Justin Hawkins (vocals/guitars), Dan Hawkins (guitars/backing vocals), Frankie Poullain (bass) and Ed Graham (drums) – resumed active service a year ago on the main stage of 2011's Download festival with their original lineup, the British group have accomplished a lot. They've completed sold-out tours of the U.K. and North America; were featured in a Superbowl ad (broadcast to over 100 million viewers in the tense fourth quarter of the game); finished recording "Hot Cakes" and released a free teaser track and video, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us."
The Darkness made its U.K. live comeback in June 2011 in front of just 200 people at the Norwich Waterfront - check out video of the show here.
The band’s debut, 2003’s "Permission To Land," hit the No. 1 spot in the U.K. chart and won the "MasterCard British Album" at the 2004 Brit Awards (along with "Best British Group" and "British Rock Act").
Between 2003 and 2006, The Darkness was honored with many awards and accolades; along with three Brit Awards, the band won an Ivor Novello in 2004 for "Songwriters Of The Year", four Kerrang! Awards, two Metal Hammer Awards, an MTV Europe Music Award and even an Elle Style Award in 2004 for "Most Stylish Band."
In June, the band teased the release of "Hot Cakes" by issuing the single, “Everybody Have A Good Time.”
The Darkness are currently on tour throughout Europe opening for Lady Gaga.
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