After thrilling sold-out crowds with their critically acclaimed U.S. tour last month, reunited British rockers THE DARKNESS will return stateside this May for select dates as well as three festival appearances: Saturday, May 19 at InfieldFest (Baltimore, Maryland); Sunday, May 20 at Rock On The Range (Columbus, Ohio); and Saturday, May 26 at Rocklahoma(Pryor, Oklahoma).
Hailing from Lowestoft, Suffolk, THE DARKNESS — Justin Hawkins (vocals/guitars), Dan Hawkins (guitars/backing vocals), Frankie Poullain (bass) and Ed Graham (drums) — are ready to launch a full-scale invasion with the release of their third studio album and first in eight years. Due out late summer, the as-yet-untitled CD marks the follow-up to the group’s gold-certified debut, “Permission To Land”, which spawned fan favorites “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” and “Get Your Hands Off My Woman” as well as the sophomore CD, “One-Way Ticket To Hell And Back”, which featured “One Way Ticket” and “Is It Just Me?”.
THE DARKNESS U.S. tour dates:
May 18 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
May 19 – Baltimore, MD – Preakness Stakes InfieldFest, Pimlico Race Course
May 20 – Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range, Crew Stadium
May 22 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
May 23 – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
May 25 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
May 26 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma, Fever Music Festival Grounds
May 27 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
The video for “Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us”, the first new song in six years from THE DARKNESS, can be seen below.
“Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us” was recorded and produced by the band and Nick Brine in Norfolk, England and mixed in Austin, Texas by Chris “Frenchie Smith”. The video for the song was created by artist Thom Lessner and director Ted Passon.
THE DARKNESS made its U.K. live comeback in June 2011 in front of just 200 people at the Norwich Waterfront.
THE DARKNESS‘ first album, “Permission To Land”, was released in 2003, hitting the No. 1 spot in the U.K. chart and winning “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”.