Ending months of speculation and bated breath, on 1st February 2012 The Darkness will unveil the first fruits of their recent studio labours.
Intended as a big 'cheers' to fans who have been waiting so patiently since the band last released new material (back in 2006), and who have responded so enthusiastically to the end of the hiatus by buying enough tickets to sell out tours on both sides of the Atlantic, the track, entitled 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us', will be made available to download for free at 2.00pm via www.theactualdarkness.com.
The song was recorded and produced by the band and Nick Brine in Norfolk and mixed in Austin, Texas by Chris 'Frenchie' Smith.
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An accompanying video has been created in Philadelphia by artist Thom Lessner and director Ted Passon and will be unfurled on the same day. Believe us when we say, it's worth the wait.
By coincidence, 1st February is also the date The Darkness begin their first North American tour since 2004; starting with a sold out show at Toronto's Phoenix venue.
For those who are not sure what to expect, check out this video...
The band have already announced appearances at the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday 24th June (headlining the Big Top Stage) and play their first 'local' outdoor show in Thetford Forrest on the 14th July. More UK dates and album news to follow soon.
For the avoidance of doubt, The Darkness remains: Justin Hawkins, Dan Hawkins, Frankie Poullain, Ed Graham.
On Tour 2012
1 February Toronto, Phoenix
3 February Boston, Paradise Rock Club
4 February New York, Irving Plaza
6 February New York, Irving Plaza
7 February Philadelphia, Trocadero
8 February Washington DC, 9:30 Club
10 February Detroit, St. Andrew's Hall
11 February Chicago, Metro
12 February Minneapolis, First Avenue
15 February Denver, Summit
17 February Las Vegas, House of Blues
18 February Phoenix, Celebrity Theatre
19 February Los Angeles, House of Blues
21 February San Francisco, Fillmore
23 February Portland, Roseland Theatre
24 February Vancouver, Commodore Ballroom
25 February Seattle, Neptune Theatre
24 June Isle Of Wight, Isle of Wight Festival (Big Top headline)
14 July Suffolk, Thetford Forest
UK tickets are on sale now and you can get yours by clicking here.