When The Darkness burst into the public consciousness back in 2003, the first sonic reference point for most critics was Queen, and it was hardly a stretch to connect those dots. Frontman Justin Hawkins’ powerful night-at-the-opera vocal histrionics and the band’s Glam-bedazzled accompaniment left little room for alternate conclusions. And given the distinct lack of anything remotely similar to classic Queen since Freddie Mercury’s tragic death in 1991 (even from Queen itself), no one seemed to mind; the band’s debut album, Permission to Land, entered the U.K. charts at No. 2 and subsequently spent a month in the top slot, ultimately selling a million-and-a-half copies at home. Read more about the group in this week's Sound Advice.
The Darkness plays Bogart's with RavenEye Tuesday. More info/tickets: bogarts.com .