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Blacklist is an atmospheric modern rock band whose music has been described as "anthemic" (The Guardian), "darkly erotic, strangely sensual" (The Village Voice) and "a much-needed anomaly in NYC's music scene" (OtherMusic NYC). Starting out as the flagship band of artist Pieter Schoolwerth's Wierd Records, their trademark sound is dense and dark, incorporating elements of coldwave, shoegaze, and metal.
Blacklist's debut LP, "Midnight of the Century" (2009) - produced by Ed Buller (Suede, Pulp) - focused on rejecting looming new forms of fascism. After a long hiatus, the band returned in 2020 with the "Disorder" single, inspired by the racial justice protests in the United States, and the B-Side "No Secret Islands" which takes aim at the dystopian fantasies of tech billionaires. In 2021 the LP "Afterworld" was released on Profound Lore Records. Brooklyn Vegan said it "picks up where the band left off" and Post-punk.com called it a "captivating and dense explosion of coldwave and unfettered emotion." The album, produced by Joshua Strachan and mixed by Sanford Parker (Darkthrone, Yob) explores the possible meanings of love in a time of political and environmental collapse.
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