Published Mar 15, 2011It's been eight years since English rockers the Darkness won themselves a worldwide audience with their glammy retro rock stylings and singer Justin Hawkins's comically low necklines. Well, we have some good news for anyone craving a little more schlock in their rock: the band have reformed and are working on new material.
In an interview with BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, Hawkins revealed that he has been writing music with his brother, guitarist Dan Hawkins, for the past couple of years. This has now turned into a full-blown reunion, which will mark the first time the Darkness have played together since Justin quit back in 2006.
"It was frustrating for a long time to not be able to tell anybody because we've had to sort of keep it a secret," the singer said. "It was like a forbidden romance without the trail."
As for what they've been up to since reforming, Hawkins revealed, "We've been remembering why it was so much fun in the first place: just four men making loud music in a room."
The Darkness will be making their return at Download Festival, which is taking place from June 10 to 12 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, UK. As for what fans should expect from this latest incarnation of the Darkness, the singer said, "I think it should be a new phase and that should be extended to the clothing. Not a lesser phase, if anything a cranked up version. They'll be more good."
Perhaps we will be hearing a new, "more good" album before the year is out. In the meantime, don't be surprised if the Darkness announce more shows in the coming months.