Oh my, there is a lot going on in the world of music as of late that I'd like to blog about. For one, New Found Glory signed to Epitaph Records today. But we'll get to that tomorrow. Today's blog will focus on a super-group of sorts, a band formed from bits and pieces of Goldfinger, Dee Dee Ramone (band), Soulfly/Stone Sour, and New Dead Radio, with original members spanning Bad Religion, Circle Jerks, and Guttermouth. The band, of course, is Black President.
DISCLAIMER: Band members claim the band name was decided upon before Barack Obama won the democratic nomination, so don't get your panties in a tussle just yet. Although socially charged, the band doesn't appear to have any such political obligations as of yet.
Black President is a fusion of old skool punk rock and old fashioned rock and roll. Think Rancid with a twinge of Against Me, guitar riffs reminiscent of the Living End, throw a little Minor Threat in the mix, vocal stylings a la the Distillers (with a male vocalist, of course), and you've got the perfect recipe for a punk rock shit sandwich.
From flowing chunky measures to raw superfast punk to churning old skool rock and roll, Black President is chock full of pop-sensible hooks and supercharged punk rock anthems. A little raw for the radio (but that's the way -- uh huh uh huh -- I like it). If you listen closely (whether intentional or unintentional), you may even hear something of a 90s Chicago punk scene homage throughout. Old and new skool Chicago bands that come to mind: Oblivion, Mexican Cheerleader, Apocalypse Hoboken, No Empathy.
Black President released their self-titled debut full-length today on Cobra Music. I suggest you hop on down to your local DIY record store and pick up a copy son.
"it was just our way of saying america needed a change & we could
think of nothing more indictative of change in a racist, soulless
system than a BLACK PRESIDENT. the sad truth is we don’t support ANY of
the candidates at this point."
- Black President, "our name & barack obama" (blog post 3/08)