Glam rockers is not a term you hear much anymore, so when you do, sit up and take notice! The Darkness revolves around British brothers Justin (singer) and Dan (guitar) Hawkins, with Ed Graham on drums and Frankie Poullain on bass. Does this mean they wear makeup and look like David Bowie or the New York Dolls in the seventies? Well, a little. The Darkness are snappy dressers and lean towards the flamboyant side onstage (and off).
The band’s 2003 album went quadruple platinum fueled by hits like “I Believe In a Thing Called Love” and “Love is Only A Feeling.” The sound is raw, full chords, screaming solos, retro rhythms, and fair amount of falsetto, which surely makes Mick Ronson smile in guitar heaven.
With a performance of crowd surfing, stage climbing and profanity-laced stage banter – The Darkness proved that even Tuesday nights can be rock and roll.
Known primarily for the 2003 hit “I Believe in a Thing Called Love,” the English band got the crowd moving with more obscure songs including “Hazel Eyes” off the 2005 album One Way Ticket To Hell…And Back and “Get Your Hands Off My Woman” from the 2003 album Permission to Land.
Fun has returned to rock and roll. Does anybody remember laughter? Well, you will, via The Darkness — playing Saturday at Amos’ Southend in Charlotte.
The Darkness is the four-man band from Britain known as much for hits “I Believe In a Thing Called Love” and “Growing On Me” as for over-the-top rocking fun with a formidable guitar-driven blitz, stellar songs, epic performances and lyrical innuendo. They’ve mastered that “nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more” saucy attitude.