The Darkness have announced plans for a third studio album to be released on August 20th, titled Hot Cakes, along with a globe spanning tour.

Hot Cakes will be released via PIAS (UK & World) and Wind Up (North America & South America) and will be produced by Justin and Dan Hawkin, along with Nick Brine and Bob Ezrin on the duty of mixing.

The band will start their Australian tour on May 4th before they head out to the US for their second tour of 2012. After those dates, the band plans to have a few European tour dates, including supporting Lady Gaga on her 'Born This Way Ball' tour.