The Darkness bass player Richie Edwards (who replaced Frankie Poullain in May 2005) has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"There seems to be some confusion over the fact that a picture of the new band has appeared on The Darkness' official website. I can understand this confusion, since we haven't announced a new band name yet and a picture of us appears on The Darkness' home page under the heading 'The Darkness.' Shit, THAT IS CONFUSING!
"I can absolutely confirm here and now that we will NOT be carrying on under the name 'The Darkness.' We are literally days away from announcing our new name, when this is done we will be launching our new website and we sincerely hope that you guys will be paying it a visit!
"We just thought that, after press had picked up on our MySpace pages, we had to add some stuff to our 'old' webpage, so that you fans out there knew that we are alive and kicking.
"New pictures will be posted once our recordings allow us to focus on photoshoots, etc.
"Since the news about Justin's [Hawkins, vocals] exit first came out we have been genuinely touched by the support we have received from you all and knowing that you lot are there for us has spurred us on more than you can imagine. We will be announcing our new name and launching our new website soon and we hope that you will be there with us when we do. I wrote in one of my MySpace blogs that a band is only as good as its fans. Well, with you lot on board we can't go wrong.
"I can't wait for this album to be finished and for you all to hear it. It'll knock your fuckin' socks off!"