THE DARKNESS Frontman Vows To Come Back 'Stronger Than Before'

Belfast Telegraph reports: THE DARKNESS' second album, "One Way Ticket to Hell ... and Back", may not have enjoyed the accolades or chart position of their debut, "Permission to Land", but the group's lead singer, Justin Hawkins, said he was still pleased with the end result and that he wouldn't change a thing about it. He has also revealed that he would have felt "vindicated" if the album had been a flop.

"I always said the second album would be a flop, so we're lucky that our hardore fan base stayed with us and bought it," he said. "But I would have felt vindicated if it hadn't done well because that's what I expected. All the way along we were warned of a backlash following the success of the first one and because we were waiting for it to happen, we felt prepared for it. These things do happen to bands. Look at ASH, a brilliant band, but they put an album together quickly and it struggled. But they came back stronger than before. In saying that, I'm really happy with 'One Way Ticket'."

Hawkins said he believed there were a number of reasons why the second album hadn't done as well as the first. "Maybe the novelty did wear off a bit... but we'll be back with a third one."

"One Way Ticket to Hell …and Back" is the follow-up to THE DARKNESS' 2003 debut, "Permission to Land" (Must Destroy/Atlantic), which has sold almost 700,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD is THE DARKNESS' first release with new bassist Richie Edwards (ex-ONION TRUMP), who replaced Frankie Poullain in June 2005.

"One Way Ticket to Hell …and Back" has sold 66,000 copies in the United States so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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