The Darkness

Formed 2000.
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The Darkness - Interview with Al Murray

Al Murray sits in for Dermot and he's joined by The Darkness for a chat about their re-formation.

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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.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Hot Cakes

    Hot Cakes 2012

    Reviewed by Paul Whitelaw
    The Darkness’ comeback album isn’t quite what the doctor ordered.
  2. Review of One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back

    One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back 2005

    Reviewed by Chris Long
    The Hawkins boys know what we like about them and are happy to keep on giving.
  3. Review of Permission To Land

    Permission To Land 2003

    Reviewed by Jack Smith
    Welcome to The Darkness, a band determined to put entertainment back into rock music.
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