The Darkness

The Darkness

The Dirty Pearls, Sweatheart

Sun, October 21, 2012

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Terminal 5

New York, NY

$30 advance / $35 day of show

This event is all ages

The Darkness
The Darkness
"England's the Darkness centered around irrepressible frontman Justin Hawkins (vocals/guitars/keyboards), who, along with his guitar-playing baby brother Dan, bassist Frankie Poullain, and drummer Ed Graham, single-handedly resurrected the rather unfashionable sounds and attitudes of late-'70s hard rock for an unsuspecting generation. Following the demise of an earlier, conspicuously synth pop-based outfit named Empire, the Hawkins brothers sowed the seeds of what would become the Darkness at an impromptu karaoke session on New Year's Eve 1999. Justin's rapturous rendition of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" showed them the way, and the suitably dramatic name of the Darkness was chosen shortly after the arrival of Poullain and Graham.
With outrageous stage antics that included gaudy leotards stolen from Steven Tyler's wardrobe, leaps and splits borrowed from David Lee Roth, and an ear-piercing falsetto copped from Freddie Mercury himself, the multi-talented elder Hawkins led the quartet as the group spent the next two years slogging it out in London's pub circuit. Though they were immediately singled out as a joke by the notoriously vicious British press, the Darkness' high-energy sets, remarkably catchy material, and unapologetic worship of old-school rock & roll bombast gradually earned them a fanatical following based on simple word of mouth.
The tide finally began to shift in their favor in August 2002, when the Darkness released their debut EP I Believe in a Thing Called Love (through the independent label Must Destroy Music), won a major talent contest, and scored all-important opening slots with Deep Purple and Def Leppard. Their momentum carried through into the new year, starting with a knockout performance at Austin's SXSW music convention in January, continuing with the release of their "Keep Your Hands Off My Woman" single in February (peaking at number 36 in the U.K. chart), and climaxing in their subsequent signing of a major-label contract with Atlantic Records in March.
Nothing could stop the Darkness' snowball effect now, and a series of acclaimed festival appearances set the stage for their debut album, Permission to Land, to debut atop the British charts -- the first time a new act had achieved such a feat since Coldplay three years earlier. Aside from the 2003 Christmas single Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End), the Darkness concentrated on touring until 2005, when they returned to the studio with Cars and Foreigner producer Roy Thomas Baker. During the recording of their sophomore album, the band parted ways with Poullain and replaced him with former guitar tech Richie Edwards. One Way Ticket to Hell...and Back was released late in 2005 but didn't fare as well as its predecessor, which took a toll on Justin Hawkins. Following several months of touring, the frontman entered rehab in August 2006 for alcohol and cocaine abuse. Although he completed the program, Hawkins nevertheless left the Darkness' lineup later that year, leaving the group's fate in the hands of his former bandmates. The remaining musicians regrouped under the name Stone Gods the following year, while Justin busied himself with preparations for a solo album." - Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusicGuide
The Dirty Pearls
The Dirty Pearls
Straight from Rivington Street in the lower east side of New York City, The Dirty Pearls tell their stories about sex, drugs and rock n' roll. They deliver rock anthems that make you roll down your car window, turn the stereo all the way up and just drive!

They've recently completed their first full length album, "Whether You Like It Or Not", with Grammy award winning producer David Kahne (Strokes, Sublime, Paul McCartney) and have supported such artists as Lady Gaga, KISS, The Darkness, Scott Weiland, Gaslight Anthem, Jet, New York Dolls and Andrew WK (to name a few).

Their high-energy live shows make your heart pound, feet stomp and if you don't leave singing a 'Pearls song, then you were never really there at all. Real rock n’ roll has returned, now wipe that smile off your face!
Sweatheart
Sweatheart
SWEATHEART-- file under Approachable Stadium Pop, Man Jams (with Women) or Community College Rock. No wait, 80's Screwball Comedy Soundtrack Rock...from Philadelphia.

From the humble times of 2004, a guitar, three drug rugs and three best friends crashed an art opening and suddenly knew they were quite good at it. Later came a drum machine, then a full band of minors, Amanda Blank, a few costume changes, and a smoking live set.

After spending the last five years cultivating their sound and sharing the stage with bands like Devo, Ween, Santigold and Bad Brains, Sweatheart has produced their new record, "Tell Your Sister". Sweatheart's follow up to 2005's debut "So Cherri", offers a new version of the band, with a thicker and richer sound, laced with honesty and tenderness.

"If Sparks, The Bangles, & Blue Oyster Cult made a smoothie, it might smell a little like Sweatheart." - Naeem Juwan (Spank Rock)
Venue Information:
Terminal 5
610 W 56th St
New York, NY, 10019
http://www.terminal5nyc.com/