British rock act the Darkness has named Richie Edwards as its full-time bass player. For the past two years, Lichfield, England-born Edwards has toured extensively with the band as its guitar technici

British rock act the Darkness has named Richie Edwards as its full-time bass player. For the past two years, Lichfield, England-born Edwards has toured extensively with the band as its guitar technician.

The former Onion Trump band member has also assisted the Darkness with their equipment in the studio throughout the recording of their as-yet-untitled follow-up to their debut album "Permission To Land" (Must Destroy/Atlantic), which is due this fall.

Since its release in July 2003, "Permission To Land" has been certified quadruple platinum in the United Kingdom for sales in excess of 1.2 million copies. In the United States, the album has sold 675,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"Richie's a good laugh and he's really good at playing bass, and at this stage that's all that matters," comments frontman Justin Hawkins.

The band had auditioned various potential bass players since the departure in March of Frankie Poullain.