No, there wasn’t a power-cut at the Inverness venue; one of the biggest rock acts of the 2000s is coming to the Ironworks this November!

The Darkness 2011 by Marianne Harris - topless portrait

 

Hot Cakes is the band’s first album since One Way Ticket to Hell… And Back which was released way back in 2006. So why the lengthy hiatus?

“We fell out to the point where I didn’t think we were gonna speak again”, reckons Dan Hawkins. Indeed, the fall from grace is well documented, with brother and lead singer Justin Hawkins alleged £150,000 cocaine habit and subsequent rehab, bassist Frankie Poullain’s sacking from the band followed by his “nonsensical and contrarian” autobiography, “Dancing In The Darkness”, and the dreaded second album which “only” went platinum compared to their debut.

So far, so very rock-and-roll. It was only when Justin (then performing in the band Hot Leg) invited Dan to see him at a show in Brighton, later inviting him on stage for an impromptu rendition of I Believe in a Thing Called Love that things began to fall into place. “I think he realized he was missing it” says Justin; “and I loved being in Hot Leg, but it didn’t have the magic The Darkness had. It was only a matter of time”.

Since then, the band has gone on to play at Download, have completed one UK tour already as well as putting “I Believe…” firmly back into the American psyche, landing an appearance in a Superbowl commercial (in turn launching it to the top of the iTunes Rock Chart). There’s also talk of yet another album in 2014…

Thursday 21st November is the date you need for your diary. Tickets for the show go on sale 9am on Friday 14th June, at the Ironworks.
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I’m Thomas Bisset, I’m primarily a music photographer based near Inverness (UK), although I have also been spotted shooting sport, portraiture and wildlife. I’ve also been putting pen-to-paper for InvernessGiGs.co.uk contributing concert reviews as well as my photographs.
I’ve been taking photographs since I got my first camera at the age of seventeen, having saved up my earnings from my weekend job in a large electronics retail chain, and would often aimlessly wander my home town taking pictures of pretty much anything.

Briefly becoming more focused on landscapes and wildlife (and not doing it particularly well), things all changed when I was invited to a local gig to take photographs for my friend’s band. I became hooked, and have since shot many big name bands, as well as plenty of very talented local bands and music festivals.

I also play bass (very badly), go mountain biking (occasionally) and play lots of videogames (like, nearly all the time).

You can contact Tom via tom@thomasbisset.co.uk