The Darkness Believe in a Thing Called Sober

By May Wilkerson 08/20/12

The rockers are reunited with a new album after cocaine "drove the band apart."

Out of the darkness, into The Darkness.
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British glam rock band The Darkness has been resurrected, after cocaine and drug-induced paranoia drove them apart, according to bassist Frankie Poullain. "We had too much fun really," he says. "No one can have that much fun for that long. Everyone was on coke and paranoid, suspicious.'' Lead singer Justin Hawkins adds: ''Our career was built on the ridiculous and it fell apart in the same way.'' The band's dramatic separation in 2006 ended with Hawkins in rehab, and drummer Ed Graham battling a serious illness brought on by alcoholism. But the "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" hit-makers, who claim they "play better sober," seem to have made amends for the past and are making a comeback. The Darkness will be opening for Lady Gaga on her world tour later this year and their new album, Hot Cakes, is out today.

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