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The Darkness Think Last Of Our Kind Is Their Heaviest LP


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The Darkness' bassist Frankie Poullain thinks their new LP 'Last of Our Kind' is their ''heaviest'' and ''best'' record.

The 48-year-old rocker admitted the album has ''surpassed'' their other albums in his eyes because there is so much energy and emotion in the music.

He said: ''The new album came out two weeks ago and apart from 'Permission To Land', it's surpassed that, It's our best record. It's a different thing it's very emotive. Sonically it is our heaviest album and probably most emotional. There is sadness in there and there is silliness as well.''

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Frankie Poullain - Download day 3 - The Darkness - Maverick Stage - Donnington, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th June 2015

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The Darkness Star Stopped In Airport For Carrying Apple


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The Darkness star Frankie Poullain escaped a hefty smuggling fine in Chile by offering Lady GaGa tickets to an immigration official.

The Scottish bassist landed in trouble when he was caught travelling with an apple, in breach of border regulations, but he avoided punishment by promising a customs guard passes to see Lady Gaga, who The Darkness are supporting on tour.

He explains, "Cops came and I faced a £160 fine - before I offered the clerk Gaga tickets."

Lady Gaga Is Like A Mother To The Darkness


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The Darkness think Lady GaGa is like a mum to them.

The British rockers - who are supporting the 'Bad Romance' singer on her European tour - have revealed she is great to work with and admit she reminds them of their mothers as she is the ''life and soul of any party.''

Frontman Justin Hawkins - whose brother Dan is also in the band said: ''She has a similar energy to a Russian lady called Agatha who makes my stage clothes.

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The Darkness 'Connect' With Gay Men


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Justin Hawkins believes The Darkness ''connect'' with gay men.

The 37-year-old singer - who previously dated the band's manager, Sue Whitehouse - will not reveal his true sexuality, but thinks his flamboyant rock outfits are a good tool for reaching out to an alternative audience.

He said: ''My sexual persuasion is no one's business but my own - but I'm easily persuaded. Just kidding.

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The Darkness Blame Cocaine For Demise


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The Darkness' bassist Frankie Poullain has blamed cocaine for the demise of the group.

Frankie insists the 'I Believe in a Thing Called Love' hitmakers - whose frontman Justin Hawkins quit in 2006 after a row with his brother and bandmate Dan - fell apart because they were having ''too much fun'' and everyone was ''paranoid'' because they were taking DRUGS.

He said: ''We had too much fun really. No one can have that much fun for that long. Everyone was on coke and paranoid, suspicious.''

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At The 'Art Of Giving' Fundraiser In Aid Of Teenage Cancer Trust.

Noel Fielding, Frankie Poullain and The Darkness - Noel Fielding and Christian Furr and Frankie Poullain from The Darkness , London, England - at the 'Art of Giving' fundraiser in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. Thursday 29th September 2011

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The Darkness Announce Low Key Comeback Shows


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The Darkness have announced three warm up shows ahead of their appearance at this year's Download Festival.

The 'I Believe in a Thing Called Love' rockers will play the intimate shows in their home country ahead of a string of festival dates across Europe this summer.

The group announced they were reforming in March after brothers Justin and Dan Hawkins called an end to their feud, caused by singer Justin's problems with drink and drugs, which led to him leave the group in 2006.

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The Darkness Reform


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The Darkness have reformed.

Warring brothers Justin and Dan Hawkins have called an end to their feud and are set to hit the road for a series of concerts, including a number of festival dates.

According to The Sun newspaper, the two rock 'n' roll siblings are being joined by the other original members, bassist Frankie Poullain and drummer Ed Graham.

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The Darkness Plan New Group

By on 22 February 2007

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The Darkness are set to record a new album under a different name and without frontman Justin Hawkins.

Hawkins left the band last autumn after entering rehab following a downward spiral of drink and drug problems, leaving the band bereft of their singer after making a huge impact with their debut album.

However, the remaining members of the former four-piece band, including Justin's brother Dan, Ed Graham and Richie Edwards will resurrect the group together with Toby MacFarlaine, currently bass player for former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon.

The four musicians will team up under a new and as yet undisclosed name, with MacFarlaine playing bass in place of Frankie Poullain, who left last May, and Edwards assuming the role of lead vocalist.

MacFarlaine revealed: "I am indeed in a new band with Dan, Ed and Rich, who are presently known as The Darkness.

"A new name is to be announced shortly and then we shall take over the world and rule it with a rubber fist!"

Edwards confirmed on the social networking site MySpace that it had indeed "finally happened".

"The big red record button has been pressed and we've officially started our album," he added.

The Darkness picked up three Brit Awards in 2004 after a startling debut with their album Permission To Land in 2003, including the smash hit I Believe In A Thing Called Love.

However, Hawkins' personal problems and a difficult second album saw their early promise fade.

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The Darkness Replace Poullain


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The Darkness have confirmed their new bassist is RICHIE EDWARDS - filling the gap left by Frankie Poullain's 'sacking' in May (05).

Edwards, originally a guitar technician for guitarist Dan Hawkins, was the hot favourite to replace Poullain, and after a strict auditioning process, the band decided to invite him on board.

Flamboyant singer JUSTIN HAWKINS says, "Richie's a good laugh and he's really good at playing bass, and at this stage that's all that matters."

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Poullain Quits The Darkness


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The Darkness is now a glam rock trio after bassist Frankie Poullain sensationally quit the band after only one album.

The English group leapt to international fame in 2003 with a string of hit singles and their debut album PERMISSION TO LAND hit the number one spot in their native Britain.

In February 2004, the I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE hitmakers picked up Best British Album, Best British Group and Best Rock Act at the Brit Awards, followed by an IVOR NOVELLO songwriters gong in May (05).

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