New York City stoner doom trio, BLACKOUT, will bring their quaking riff rituals to Canada later this month on a four-date mini tour through Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. This will mark the band’s first time ever on Canadian soil.
The band is justifiably ecstatic, “Wang dang poutine bang! BLACKOUT is taking their filth to the streets of Canada! We are so psyched and surprised that none of us have DUIs! Canada here we come!”
BLACKOUT Takes Canada 2014:
4/17/2014 Smiling Buddah – Toronto, ON
4/18/2014 Café Dekuf – Ottawa, ON
4/19/2014 Turbo Haus – Montreal, QC
4/20/2014 Sous Sol Du Cercle – Quebec City, QC
BLACKOUT will be touring in support of their We Are Here debut released independently last year. Commended by Sea of Tranquility for its “crushing, psychedelic heaviness,” We Are Here was recorded at Vacation Island Studio with engineer/producer Rob Laakso (Diamond Nights, Swirlies, Kurt Vile), and continues to reap critical applause.Mister Growl champions the trio for, “creating music so massive you can’t fathom its source,” Heavy Planet notes, “Loaded with screeches, twitches, and six hits of heady fuzz, We Are Here moves between massive sludge rhythms, ashy stoner passages, and sparse pockets of simplified doom. Present throughout is a rubbery weirdness, a sporadic psychedelia that sways as much as it stomps. The sound is true and solid, evidenced by the band’s approach,” while The Obelisk enthuses, “[BLACKOUT] show up with big riffs, big stomp, and underpinnings of quirk that give their unabashed tonal weight a sense that’s both lighthearted in not taking itself too seriously and a huge part of what makes the album overall so effective. Copping influence from stoner heavyweights like the Melvins and Sleep – easy comparisons to make, but true all the same – BLACKOUT might read on the surface like Riffy Brand X, but there’s more to We Are Here than sonic redundancies and tonal largesse.” Adds the Sludgelord pointedly, “Sometimes, you need a little bit of honest-to-goodness primordial metal. No pretence, no airs and graces, just crushing doom, feedback-saturated hunks of raw metal. This is where Brooklyn three-piece instrument destroyers BLACKOUT come in… We Are Here has bashed me like a club and dragged me back to its cave to examine its crude, yet creative, works. Put on your best animal skins — it’s about to get primitive. ”
Order your copy of We Are Here TODAY via the band’s official BandCamp page.
With food, beer and America at the forefront, it only makes sense guitar player/vocalist Christian Gordy and drummer Taryn Waldman would meet at Gordy’s 2011 July 4th cookout in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Waldman, a former Hooter’s waitress turned big time commercial film editor, and Gordy, a one-legged bartender/artist/BBQ enthusiast were an oddball couple for NY’s heavily-styled metal scene. The duo began rapidly banging out monolithic snail-paced riffs that could party as much as they could crush. BLACKOUT – referring to blackout drunk, the absence of light, or a mobster hit on an entire family – was the only appropriate title for the band. With a three-song demo recorded at the now defunct Headgear Studios in the bag, Waldman set out on the task of stalking and acquiring drum wizard Justin Sherrel for the bass position. The sound filled out and quickly grew like Chuck Berry’s mustache. Now with Sherrel’s nitty-gritty, rhythm-heavy mud beneath an electrical tide of riffs and explosions, the mighty river of sludge was primed to lurch forward.