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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 *.
Tue 8/14 Sofia, Bulgaria Vasil Levski National   Stadium
Thu 8/16 Bucharest, Romania Arena Nationala   Stadium
Sat 8/18 Vienna, Austria Wiener Stadhalle
Tue 8/21 Vilnius, Lithuania Vingis Park
Thu 8/23 Riga, Latvia Mezaparks
Sat 8/25 Tallinn Tallinn Song Festival   Grounds
Mon 8/27 Helsinki, Finland Hartwell Arena
Thu 8/30 Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe
Sun 9/2 Copenhagen, Denmark Parken Stadium
Tue 9/4 Koln, Germany Lanxess Arena
Sat 9/8 London, UK Twickenham
Tue 9/11 Manchester, UK Evening News Arena
Sat 9/15 Dublin. Ireland Aviva Stadium
Mon 9/17 Amsterdam, Netherlands Ziggo Dome
Sat 9/22 Paris, France Stade de France
Mon 9/24 Hannover, Germany TUI Arena
Wed 9/26 Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadion
Sat 9/29 Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis
Tue 10/2 Milan, Italy Mediolanum Forum
Thu 10/4 Nice, France Stade Charles-Ehrmann
Sat 10/6 Barcelona, Spain Palau St Jordi
*Sun 10/21 New York, NY Terminal 5*HEADLINING SHOW
*Wed 10/24 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia*HEADLINING SHOW
Fri 10/26 Mexico City, Mexico Foro Sol
Tue 10/30 San Juan, Puerto Rico José Miguel   Agrelot  Coliseum
Fri 11/9 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Parque dos Atletas
Sun 11/11  Sao Paulo,   Brazil Estádio do Morumbi
Fri 11/16 Buenos Aires,   Argentina Estadio River Plate
Tue 11/20 Santiago, Chile Estadio Nacional de   Santiago

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