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are gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated third studio album HOT CAKES, due out next Tuesday, August 21 on Wind-up Records. The British rock group will premiere the entire album exclusively today on Rolling Stone.com. Fans can pre-order HOT CAKES this week via iTunes. The group’s raucous first single “Everybody Have A Good Time”is impacting radio now. Watch the hilarious video for the song below.

is teaming up with Indaba Music and Revolver magazine for an Epic Guitar Solo contest. Fans can record their own epic guitar solo over “Everybody Have a Good Time.” One lucky fan will win a signed Epiphone guitar, a $750.00 cash prize and much more. Enter now through September 4; voting begins September 4 and ends September 18. Click here to signup.

HOT CAKES was produced by the band’s JUSTIN and DAN HAWKINS with long-time collaborator Nick Brine and mixed by Bob Ezrin. The resulting 11-song cycle delivers the epic rock anthems and infectious pop choruses the multi-platinum band has become renowned for worldwide (see full tracklisting below).

JUSTIN HAWKINS (vocals/guitars), DAN HAWKINS (guitars/backing vocals), FRANKIE POULLAIN (bass) and ED GRAHAM (drums)–kick off a world tour with Lady Gaga today, August 14 in Bulgaria. In October, the group will return to the U.S. for two special shows: Sunday, October 21 in New York City at Terminal 5 and Wednesday, October 24 in Los Angeles at Club Nokia. See all confirmed dates so far below, and tickets are available now at: www.theactualdarkness.com.

The full track listing for HOT CAKES is as follows:

  1. Every Inch Of You
  2. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us
  3. With A Woman
  4. Keep Me Hangin’ On
  5. Livin’ Each Day Blind
  6. Everybody Have A Good Time
  7. She Just A Girl Eddie
  8. Forbidden Love
  9. Concrete
  10. Street Spirit
  11. Love is Not The Answer

THE DARKNESS shows and Festivals 2012:

DATE                          CITY                           VENUE

All dates below, with LADY GAGA, except *.
Tue8/14Sofia, BulgariaVasil Levski National   Stadium
Thu8/16Bucharest, RomaniaArena Nationala   Stadium
Sat8/18Vienna, AustriaWiener Stadhalle
Tue8/21Vilnius, LithuaniaVingis Park
Thu8/23Riga, LatviaMezaparks
Sat8/25TallinnTallinn Song Festival   Grounds
Mon8/27Helsinki, FinlandHartwell Arena
Thu8/30Stockholm, SwedenEricsson Globe
Sun9/2Copenhagen, DenmarkParken Stadium
Tue9/4Koln, GermanyLanxess Arena
Sat9/8London, UKTwickenham
Tue9/11Manchester, UKEvening News Arena
Sat9/15Dublin. IrelandAviva Stadium
Mon9/17Amsterdam, NetherlandsZiggo Dome
Sat9/22Paris, FranceStade de France
Mon9/24Hannover, GermanyTUI Arena
Wed9/26Zurich, SwitzerlandHallenstadion
Sat9/29Antwerp, BelgiumSportpaleis
Tue10/2Milan, ItalyMediolanum Forum
Thu10/4Nice, FranceStade Charles-Ehrmann
Sat10/6Barcelona, SpainPalau St Jordi
*Sun10/21New York, NYTerminal 5*HEADLINING SHOW
*Wed10/24Los Angeles, CAClub Nokia*HEADLINING SHOW
Fri10/26Mexico City, MexicoForo Sol
Tue10/30San Juan, Puerto RicoJosé Miguel   Agrelot  Coliseum
Fri11/9Rio de Janeiro, BrazilParque dos Atletas
Sun11/11 Sao Paulo,   BrazilEstádio do Morumbi
Fri11/16Buenos Aires,   ArgentinaEstadio River Plate
Tue11/20Santiago, ChileEstadio Nacional de   Santiago

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