British glam rockers The Darkness have just released their new album Hot Cakes. It’s the band’s third album, their first since One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back in 2005. And it’s the first album to feature all four original members since their 2003 debut Permission to Land.
The Darkness reformed in 2011 and played some festival dates all over Europe that were received well. Singer Justin Hawkins spoke to Classic Rock about playing with his old band again: “The surprising thing about getting back together was that it felt completely natural. Before we started playing there was a slightly awkward energy. But as soon as we plugged in it felt right, and we concentrated on the fun aspect.”
Justin’s brother Dan, who plays guitar in The Darkness, added, “After two or three hours it felt like we’d never been away. Going through the old songs felt like riding a bike.”
The Darkness are currently on tour with Lady Gaga.