02 Dec 2005

HAWKINS SACKED POULLAIN OVER SCHEMING

+ posted by FlamingWhopper

THE DARKNESS frontman JUSTIN HAWKINS kicked bass player FRANKIE POULLAIN out of the band when he heard about the rocker's scheming plans to turn his brother against him.

Hawkins reveals he'd already grown tired of Poullain's efforts to find the group's financial accounting faulty and when the bassist started suggesting bandmate DAN HAWKINS should be looking out for himself, the singer decided enough was enough.
02 Dec 2005

Piping in the new era

+ posted by FlamingWhopper

The Darkness's Dan Hawkins has agreed to play a guitar solo on one track, a souped-up version of the pipe march The Hills of Argyll, in return for Cassells's services on the band's new album, and Cassells describes the other material as "quite rocky".
02 Dec 2005
How ironic that The Darkness is one of the most enlightening rock bands around.

November 30, 2005 - With their last release, Permission to Land, the Darkness resurrected rock n' roll, restoring a little fun, sass and yes, hairspray, to the proceedings. Over snarling, chunky guitars and killer hooks, the voice of Justin Hawkins soared like a golden, flaming bird of prey. The songs on Permission concerned themselves with the classic rock subjects: sex, drugs, heartbreak, longing, and...more sex. To think that the group would stray from the cheek and burr that made them special would seem ludicrous. Yet, the ironically-titled One-Way Ticket to Hell… And Back is a bit of a departure, and an even stronger record overall.
02 Dec 2005
For a guy who makes every effort to play the role of bulletproof rock god, Justin Hawkins has remarkably thin skin.

Of course, you probably wouldn't know that based on his public persona: a carefully balanced amalgamation of Axl Rose's debauched dark side and Freddy Mercury's refined pomp. As the spandex-clad, siren-voiced frontman of British hair-metal enthusiasts the Darkness, Hawkins spends a good deal of time making headlines in his homeland. But lately he's become more than a bit annoyed by the amount of press he and his band have been getting regarding some rather unkind things they've allegedly said about Coldplay, U2, James Blunt and Babyshambles/ Libertines frontman Pete Doherty.
02 Dec 2005

Pure melodrama

+ posted by FlamingWhopper

BANDS that record ground-breaking debut albums find they face a huge problem. How do they match it, let alone top it?

The Darkness were faced with that tricky conundrum and almost imploded under the pressure. In the end they turned it around into an explosion of pure melodrama.

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