This March Brooklyn’s self-proclaimed “pillars of rock and roll righteousness” will release their
new, self-titled album through Los Angeles’ equally badass record label RidingEasy Records.
Blackout was initially formed by guitar player/vocalist Christian Gordy and drummer Taryn
Waldman at Gordy’s July 4th cookout in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York
back in 2011. Waldman, a former Hooter's waitress turned big time commercial film editor
and Gordy; a one-legged bartender/artist/BBQ enthusiast were (by their own admission)
something of an oddball couple for NY's rigid metal scene. Yet with no direction and zero
discussion both connected instantly and instinctively began banging out massive caveman
jams against a patriotic backdrop of food, alcohol and the stars and stripes.
In fact as far as names go, choosing Blackout – suggesting a power crash, sudden and
temporary loss of consciousness or a mob hit on an entire family – was a total no brainer.
In the months that followed the pair recruited close friend Justin Sherrell on bass duties, and
as things began to get louder and considerably heavier in November 2012 the trio entered Vacation Island Studio with engineer and producer Rob Laakso (Diamond Nights, Swirlies,
Kurt Vile) to record their debut release We Are Here. Choosing to self-release the album on
vinyl in early 2013 it garnered plenty of acclaim from some of the hottest blogs du jour and
was praised for its Melvins-esque ferocity and pounding Sleep-like groves. “Blackout get it
right, hammering jam after jam, pound after pound. The smoky swirls buzz with electric
accusations and shock-therapy repressions.” (Heavy Planet)
Following an extensive gigging regime in, around and way beyond New York’s city limits with
acts like Acid King, Weedeater and Trouble the band took to the studio once again in the
summer of 2013 to record a body of new songs. Songs that strictly worked off the riffs
spontaneously summoned during practice sessions where old material was revived, ideas
hashed out and sounds reworked into the record you will soon hear in full. Songs that make
up Blackout, the band’s eagerly awaited follow up and soon to be released revelation on
Blackout by Blackout will be released worldwide on RidingEasy Records on 31st March 2015
and the band will be throwing an official album release party at Union Pool, Brooklyn
on Saturday April 11th.