British rock band the Darkness has split with bassist Frankie Poullain citing "musical differences."

British rock band the Darkness has split with bassist Frankie Poullain citing "musical differences."

According to a statement issued today (May 23) on the band's Website, a replacement will be announced in the coming months.

Pollain played bass on the Darkness' debut album "Permission To Land" (Must Destroy/Atlantic), which went on to international mainstream success.

Since its release in July 2003, the album has qualified quadruple platinum in the United Kingdom with more than 1.2 million sales and has shifted over three million copies worldwide, according to Whitehouse Management, which represents the band.

In 2004, their popularity at home was confirmed with a hat-trick of Brit Awards and the prestigious songwriters of the year honor at the Ivor Novello Awards.

The band is currently in the studio working on their as-yet untitled sophomore album, due this fall. Producer Roy Thomas Baker -- who has worked with Devo, the Cars, Cheap Trick and Foreigner -- is overseeing the recording.

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