“It’s the best front-end amp pedal I’ve ever heard”: Justin and Dan Hawkins have launched their own pedal brand – and its first stompbox is based on their tones from The Darkness’s debut album

Justin Hawkins (front, center) and Dan Hawkins (background, left)
(Image credit: Steve Jennings/Getty Images)

The Darkness' guitar duo, Justin and Dan Hawkins, have launched the Permission to Land overdrive pedal – a twofer stompbox that officially debuts the pair’s own effects pedal company, Hawkins Brothers Audio.

Named after the band’s debut studio album from 2003 and inspired by the electric guitar tones the pair utilized throughout the record, the Permission to Land pedal was showcased in the latest issue of Total Guitar, which also spoke to the siblings about their new gear venture.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.

With contributions from