This Darkness article was written by Al Hall, a GIGsoup contributor
By now you’d have thought that we would have learnt that when it comes to Britain’s’ most extravagant rock band, The Darkness, we should expect the unexpected. The announcement this morning from the band’s frontman Justin Hawkins that the band is considering changing its name, however, is one that will take most by surprise.
Speaking on Chris Jericho’s Talk Is Jericho podcast, Hawkins cites the line-up changes the band has gone through in recent years as part of the reason for considering such a drastic new direction, claiming that the band is “different and feels like it’s rejuvenated”. Since 2012’s “Hot Cakes” album, we have seen the band split with original drummer Ed Graham, as well as his Emily Dolan Davies, before finally settled upon Rufus Taylor, son of Queen legend Roger, and perhaps it was to this new sense of stability and direction that Hawkins was referring.
At the same time, however, Hawkins understands the difficulty of such a “controversial” move, stating that if this change was to happen, it would only be with the blessing of the fans. “I mean every idea you have is either crowd-sourced or crowd-approved… What we’re trying to harvest here is to have our fanbase have a sense of ownership over what we’re doing and if they name the band, that’s even better, isn’t it? It’s like when you adopt a homeless puppy, the first thing you do is give it a name. So we’re like the musical equivalent of a homeless puppy.”
The Darkness embark on a series North American dates this week, before returning for a full UK tour in November. Whether or not they will still be “The Darkness” at this point remains to be seen.