Originally started in 1991 from Kirkley High School, Lowestoft in Suffolk, brothers Justin Hawkins (vocals and guitar) and Dan Hawkins (guitar) found themselves in London where they met up with childhood friends, Frankie Poullain (bass) and Ed Graham (drums), and thus The Darkness was formed.
The Darkness were an English hard rock band. They were widely regarded as a glam rock band. Their highly retro style of music was influenced by rock bands like Queen, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy.
They were best known for the soaring falsetto of their lead singer Justin Hawkins, whose departure in 2006 resulted in the indefinite hiatus of the band. Dan saw his brother´s potential of a frontman after Justin did a recreation of Queen´s ´Bohemian Rhapsody´ at a New Year´s Eve party in 1999. Playing at first only in pubs and bars, their pyrotechnic guitar solos and over the top performances soon brought them to public knowledge.