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the Skinny: In a way, Blacklist was an accident. Not an accident like cars colliding – more like atoms crashing. Singer Josh Strawn hadn’t expected to end up in another rock and roll band, but he landed in one anyway. When bassist Ryan Rayhill first met Josh, he immediately identified a potential co-conspirator. The two bonded over their shared enthusiasm for the intellectual anxiety of Wire, The Sound, and The Comsat Angels as well as the unapologetic bombast of Motorhead and Sabbath. Amongst these seemingly disparate elements, the spirit of Blacklist was born. Despite its density of sound and shadowy atmospheres, the record is the soundtrack to an uplifting journey that is as personal as it is universal. It is also a fitting manifesto announcing the arrival of Blacklist.  [ END ]

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