Born from an impromptu karaoke session on New Year’s Eve 1999 when frontman Justin Hawkins performed a rapturous rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, The Darkness single-handedly resurrected the rather unfashionable sounds and attitudes of late-’70s hard rock for an unsuspecting generation.
For the next two years the band, consisting of Justin and his guitar-playing brother Dan, bassist Frankie Poullain and drummer Ed Graham, slogged it out on the London pub scene with their high-energy sets, catchy tunes, leotards, ear-peircing falsetto and their unapologetic worship of old-school rock and roll. Their persistence payed off gradually as they earned themselves a fanatical following based on simple word of mouth.
In 2002 they released their debut EP I Believe in a Thing Called Love, won a major talent contest and scored all-important support slots with Deep Purple and Def Leppard. Their momentum carried through with the release of single “Keep Your Hands Off My Woman”, a series of acclaimed festival appearances and the release of debut album “Permission to Land” which debuted atop the British Charts.
After a couple of years touring and another album hitting the shelves, the band went on hiatus in 2006 to pursue other projects. However, in 2011 The Darkness reunited and embarked on several European tours and followed this up with full-length album Hot Cakes.
In 2015, the band issued their fourth studio outing Last of Our Kind, and are currently working on a feature-length documentary, which is due for release this year.
Ask any fool – a Darkness show is a place where believers come together, where fluids are shared, and dreams are built. But most importantly, where rock and roll is crowned king EVERY NIGHT!