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Origin Wiltshire, England
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2002–2010 (hiatus)
Labels Independiente
Members Joe Taylor
Sam Nadel
Adam Newton

Blackbud are an English indie rock band from Wiltshire, comprising Joe Taylor (guitar, vocals), Adam Newton (bass, backing vocals) and Sam Nadel (drums, backing vocals). Blackbud have been compared to artists such as Jeff Buckley, Radiohead and Led Zeppelin,[1] and have toured extensively, to critical acclaim, having attracted the attention of Jimmy Page,[2] Michael Eavis and Steve Lamacq,[3] amongst other noteworthy people. In January 2010, the band entered an indefinite hiatus.[4]

The band's debut album, From The Sky, was released on 31 July 2006, while their self-titled second album, Blackbud was released on 8 June 2009, with digital-only single "You Can Run" preceding it by one week.



The band met at St Laurence School in their hometown of Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire. Having discovered they had the same musical interests, Taylor, Nadel, and Newton formed Blackbud in December 2002. The name, amongst many various interpretations, probably being derived from the bud of a plant/flower. Blackbud began as a covers band, and secured a residency at a local pub. They would mainly play sets comprising covers of songs by Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and Stevie Ray Vaughan. As time went on, Taylor began writing his own songs and three demo CDs were recorded during the band's first 18 months.

Recording contract[edit]

In 2005, Blackbud signed to Independiente Records, a British independent record label whose roster included Gomez, Travis and Embrace. The deal came after several major labels showed a considerable amount of interest in the band.[citation needed] After much deliberation, the band concluded that an independent would best suit their ethos. This record deal was a result of coming Joint First in the Glastonbury 2004 Unsigned bands competition.[5]

Self-titled album (2009) and hiatus[edit]

In 2009, the band released their second studio album, Blackbud.

In January 2010, the band entered an indefinite hiatus, stating:[4]

In December 2012, Joe Taylor hinted on the band's YouTube page that they will "hopefully be recording new material soon".[6]


Studio albums[edit]

EPs and singles[edit]

  • The Livewire EP (2005)
  • "Heartbeat" (2005)
  • "Barefoot Dancing" (2006)
  • "Forever" (2006)
  • "Going to Therapy Pending" (2008)
  • "You Can Run" (2009)

Song appearances[edit]

"Barefoot Dancing" appeared on The Skeleton Key soundtrack.[7]


  • Joe Taylor - guitar, vocals
  • Sam Nadel - drums, backing vocals
  • Adam Newton - bass, backing vocals


  1. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (19 January 2006). "Blackbud". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Lindsay, Andrew. "SK vs… Blackbud". Archived from the original on 5 September 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  3. ^ "Biography". Blackbud. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  4. ^ a b Carlos on 17 January 2010 at 19:30 View Blog (2010-01-17). "Bringing it all back home (Goodbye?)". Blackbud. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  5. ^ [1] Archived 30 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Blackbud - Road To Nowhere (live studio version) - (comments). Retrieved 2013-04-21.
  7. ^  DVD. "The Skeleton Key (OST): Edward Shearmur: Music". Retrieved 2012-04-02. 

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