Blackblack

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This article is about the Los Angeles-based rock group. For caffeinated Japanese chewing gum, see Black Black.
BlackBlack
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Pop
Indie
Years active 2004–2008
Labels None
Associated acts Phantom Planet, Warm White [1]
Website BlackBlack
Members Diva Dompe
Lola Dompe
Clark Schädelkopf

BlackBlack was a rock band from Los Angeles, California, consisting of Diva Dompe (vocals/bass), Lola Dompe (drums), and Clark Schädelkopf (guitar).

Background[edit]

Diva Dompe started the band in 2004 with her sister Lola and boyfriend Alex Greenwald, who performed as his alter-ego "Clark Schädelkopf" [2] in the context of the band. Schädelkopf means "skullhead" in German. The Dompe sisters are both daughters of Bauhaus drummer Kevin Haskins.[3]

They have channeled their fantastical and sci-fi leanings into their shows. Prepping for past gigs included dressing as if they were starring in the Ice Capades, crafting massive Native American headresses, and making vats of theatrical blood in the Dompe family kitchen for a Carrie-themed summertime barbecue at The Echo in Echo Park.

Many people believed that they got their name from the caffeinated Japanese gum, BlackBlack, but Clark has said that the meaning is "blacker than black."

Some criticized Blackblack because they thought that it was a random side project for the already successful Alex Greenwald, but they have steadily gained recognition, especially in Los Angeles and Japan.

Recently the band has come under some harsh criticism for reportedly performing in blackface, although the band claims that they painted their skin to perform as 'shadows' and did it "just to be scary" and didn't intend to be racially offensive.[4]

The band, especially the Dompe sisters, are often noted for their quirky and constantly shifting fashion choices, going so far as to appear on the front page of the Urban Outfitters website.[5]

Music[edit]

BlackBlack has a moody, gloomy sound, reminiscent of The Velvet Underground and Joy Division.[citation needed] Clark Schädelkopf tells ElleGirl "we're not Goth, but we do have to fight it."[citation needed]

Some of their musical influences consist of contemporary bands such as Deerhoof, Lightning Bolt and Blonde Redhead. A staple and likely the most commented on feature of the band's live shows is their cover of the Misfits song "Skulls".[4][6]

They have toured Japan in the summer of 2006 sponsored by X-Girl. In January 2007 they supported Deerhoof during their west coast tour.[7]

Discography[edit]

BlackBlack have released two independent EPs as well as a full-length album in Japan which combines the two Eps.

Albums[edit]

  • BlackBlack - Mathom Records – 23 August 2006

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • BlackBlack EP 1 - 16 June 2005
  1. "Royal Dragon"
  2. "Sophia"
  3. "Honey In Your Ears"
  4. "Firefly"
  5. "I Wish I Were A Scientist"
  6. "Algorythyx and Gurantaxtaxq"
  • BlackBlack EP 2 - 2006
  1. "Emerald Forest"
  2. "Ogre Mountain"
  3. "The Energy Song"
  4. "The Most! The Best! The Greatest! Forever!"
  5. "The Long Boat"
  6. "Skulls" – cover song of the Misfits
  7. "We, The Grimlocks"
  • "Waiting For Magic" 2008 Single

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