Glam Band The Darkness to Reunite, Record New Material

A more mature Darkness in 2011

This is either great or dreadful news, depending on your musical tastes: one of the most popular Brit bands of the mid-2000s, The Darkness, have reformed after splitting five years ago, reports BBC Newsbeat. The Suffolk-based quartet, helmed by their oft-shirtless pistol of a frontman Justin Hawkins, wore David Lee Roth hair and powered out glam rock influenced by Queen and Slade. (Oh, and Sparks.) Their claim to Stateside fame was their high-pitched 2003 hit, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love,” with its oh-so-’70s video.

The band is set to record a new album over the next couple of months, and in June, they’ll support British hair-metal forebears Def Leppard at the Download music festival in England. Hawkins says, “[I]t’s the most rockest of festivals and the perfect place for us to begin the next phase of our journey.”

Here’s a blast from the past: Justin Hawkins on a 2005 episode of Top Gear, looking a bit like he hadn’t slept in days but still sharp as an icepick:

What do you think: how much does music need The Darkness right now?

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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