The Darkness Splits With Bassist

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

British rock act the Darkness has split with bassist Frankie Poullain, citing "musical differences." According to a statement issued today (May 23) on the band's official Web site, a replacement will be announced in the coming months.

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

In 2004, the band's 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 Darkness is currently in the studio working on its 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.