The Darkness @ Altar Bar [Giveaway]
U.K. rockers The Darkness first stepped onto the scene as four guys from Lowestoft who just wanted to make music. Since then, they’ve made a name for themselves not only from their music, but with their live performances, as well. Seeing them live is an experience of which can’t quite be put into words; it has to be seen firsthand.
In July 2003, The Darkness released their first full length album, “Permission to Land,” which skyrocketed them to stardom. That album brought about four singles: “Get Your Hands Off My Woman,” “Growing on Me,” “Love is Only a Feeling,” and “I Believe In a Thing Called Love.” Upon its debut, “Permission to Land” shot to Number One on the U.K. charts and was certified quadruple platinum, selling more than 1.2 million copies (and 675,000 units in the States).
The two years following this release earned The Darkness a plethora of awards, and they later played select dates of Metallica’s Summer Sanitarium tour, as well as headlining the Carling Festival later on.
The ensemble then released their second full-length compilation after a small lineup change. Debuting in November of 2005, “One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back,” brought three new singles to the group, “Is It Just Me,” “Girlfriend,” and “One Way Ticket.”
Unlike “Permission to Land,” this album got mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. Although “One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back,” did reach platinum status in the United Kingdom, it failed to reach the success and appeal of its predecessor in the U.S.
Following this release, The Darkness went on a 12-date U.K. and Ireland tour and followed that up with a world tour in March. In 2006, the band was faced with a difficult situation. Their lead singer and guitar player, Justin Hawkins, left the band to focus on his health and continue on his journey of drug rehabilitation. Although the band was said to be working on their newest studio album, nothing was released under “The Darkness” moniker in the next six years.
During their hiatus, Justin Hawkins formed a new band called Hot Legs while the remaining members of The Darkness teamed up to create Stone Gods. Although both bands recorded and released music, neither could quite measure up to the success they once had, and both bands were on hiatus by December of 2010.
The Darkness later regrouped, embarking on a reunion tour in 2011 and releasing a new song the following year, titled “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us.” They toured North America with bands like Crown Jewel, Defense and Foxy Shazam, later releasing two more songs – “Every Inch of You” and “Everybody Have a Good Time” – and a third full-length album, which dropped in summer of 2012. The group then focused their time on festival and concert performances, opening up the European and African legs of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way Ball” world tour.
Now, The Darkness is back on the scene in full force. They just released their fourth album, “Last of Our Kind,” earlier this year and have two singles out already. You can watch the video for “Barbarian,” below:
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