Posted in music | pictures on February 7, 2012

photos by Chris La Putt, words by Bill Pearis

The Darkness

Last night (2/6), Irving Plaza was witness to call-and-response sing-a-longs with the audience, epic guitar solos played while riding a roadie through the crowd, and a trust fall into the congregation. And that was just one song. It could only be The Darkness.

This was the second of two nights at Irving, their first NYC shows in five years or so. (We have pictures from Saturday too.) It was also after that Superbowl ad thrust the band back into public conscious, but it didn't seem like anyone there had forgotten about them. This crowd -- which included Dee Snider -- was primed to rawk and frontman Justin Hawkins had them eating out of the palm of his hand. When he yelled "I wanna see some thumbs!" we instantly obliged.

The Darkness are masters of this kind of schtick (that also included costume changes and headstands), as rehearsed as every twin lead, but it's performed with feeling. More than a feeling, even. We got the exact same 23-song setlist as Saturday night (probably the whole tour), which included the entirety of their 2003 debut Permission to Land, two songs from its overblown follow-up, One Way Ticket to Hell(and Back), some choice b-sides (the great "Best of Me"), and a handful of songs from their just-finished third album, due out sometime this year.

Of the new material, new single "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us" stood out, as did the Thin Lizzy-ish "She's Just a Girl, Eddy." I was actually hoping we'd get more of the second album than we did, as I think its problems aren't so much the songs as the production and mixing which accenuated The Darkness' excessive qualities. We got its title track and "Is it Just Me" but I really wanted the Celtic, Slade-style stomper "Hazel Eyes" which is my personal favorite from that album.

But it was the Permission to Land stuff that really killed, from set-and-album opener "Black Shuck" to singles "Growing on Me," and "Love is Only a Feeling" and shoulda-been single "Friday Night," masturbatory ballad "Holding My Own" (performed, ahem, solo acoustic), and their hit "I Believe in a Thing Called Love."

The quarter of the crowd that left after that one missed the epic show-closer "Love on the Rocks (with No Ice)" which the band stretched to 15 minutes thanks to the insanity mentioned in the first paragraph. I'm happy to report that Hawkins' falsetto, so integral (like it or not) to the album, is still in fine form. The whole band was in fine form and benefit from the hardly-partying lifestyle they've adopted. As the band left the stage, Hawkins announced "See you in a few months" and it seems the world may actually be ready and willing for a return.

Click through for lots more photos from the show, including a few from openers Foxy Shazam and Crown Jewel Defense. The Darkness play Philadelphia tonight (2/7), and all upcoming dates are below as well.


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Crown Jewel Defense (pics from Saturday)

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Foxy Shazam (pics from both nights)

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The Darkness (pics from Monday)

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The Darkness - 2012 Tour Dates
2/7 - Philadelphia @ Trocadero
2/8 - Washington DC @ 9:30 Club - SOLD OUT
2/10 - Detroit @ St Andrew's Hall - SOLD OUT
2/11 - Chicago @ Metro - SOLD OUT
2/12 - Minneapolis @ First Avenue
2/15 - Denver @ Summit
2/17 - Las Vegas @ House of Blues
2/18 - Phoenix @ Celebrity Theatre
2/19 - Los Angeles @ House of Blues - Sunset Strip - SOLD OUT
2/21 - San Francisco @ Fillmore
2/23 - Portland @ Roseland Theater
2/24 - Vancouver, B.C. @ Commodore Ballroom
2/25 - Seattle @ Neptune Theater

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Comments (32)

Why the f are The Darkness Relevant?

Posted by AROX | February 7, 2012 12:57 PM

Because you are not.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 1:04 PM

Makes sense?

Posted by AROX | February 7, 2012 1:08 PM

i like lookig at male crotch shots

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 1:11 PM

This band isnt even good at being hacks. What a joke. Clicked on their website link to see if they sound as awful as they look and honestly I cant believe the song isnt copyright infringement. Sad.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 1:12 PM

i'm already jonesing for them to come back to ny! such a fun show. was last night's timing the same as sat?

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 1:14 PM

Justin Hawkins is a golden god.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 1:18 PM

lol 15 year old relevant guy again lol lol
lmfao relevance lol lol

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 1:22 PM

They are more relevant than M.I.A. that's for damn sure.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 1:28 PM

Powered by Krotsch.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 1:34 PM

12:57, why does a band have to be "relevant"? Can't music just be fun? Isn't music supposeddddd to be fun?

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 1:47 PM

Justin Hawkins >>>> Justin Vernon

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 1:50 PM

I Believe in a Thing Called Hummus

Posted by Huggs | February 7, 2012 1:51 PM

Justin Hawkins >>>> Justin Vernon

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 1:51 PM

I was in the superbowl commercial. It was awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 1:52 PM

I had no idea that they do a Radiohead cover. I like them even more now.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 1:58 PM

Justin Hawkins >>>> Justin Vernon


NO SHIT

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 2:09 PM

Guy in the first band are wearing straight up LMFAO leggings, vom.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 2:10 PM

Why the f are The Darkness Relevant?

Posted by AROX | February 7, 2012 2:37 PM

It looks like that one skinny English Darkness dude is shitting out the other skinny English Darkness dude.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 2:43 PM

wonder where they'll play when they come back, i'm guessing a bigger venue. pls, pls, pls don't let it be the shithole with a letter and a number...oh, the horror!

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 3:06 PM

jacuzzi*boys

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 4:52 PM

Fixin your hair!

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 5:19 PM

Stephen Hawking > Justin Hawkins

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2012 8:37 AM

I Believe In A Thing Called 8=====D~~~~

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2012 12:52 PM

RULED.

Posted by Scott | February 9, 2012 10:29 PM

The only band in Rock and Roll that actually are "Rick and Roll". The rest of you twats just keep listening to any music coming out of Park Slope right now.

Posted by Yo Mama | February 10, 2012 12:04 AM

Fantastic synopsis and photos! The Darkness set was f*ing awesome from start to finish! Cool or not cool, relevant or not relevant, who gives a shit?! The so called cool and relevant bands out there usually disappoint. I'd rather a band just throw caution to the wind and put on a great show (not just spastically bounce up and down with an 80s keyboard/keytar).

Posted by SMJ | February 10, 2012 3:02 PM

Rock and Roll is always relevant.

Posted by SpiderWisdom | February 10, 2012 6:43 PM

Stephen Hawking > Justin Hawkins

Posted by Article | February 18, 2012 11:42 AM

Some of these photos are seriously excellent!
The Darkness are crazyawesomegreat :D

Posted by Feline Cool | February 19, 2012 4:54 AM

huge fan as many are of the darkness

Posted by jordon | August 6, 2013 4:30 PM

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