Blacklist (band)

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Origin Brooklyn, New York, USA
Years active 2005–2011
Labels Wierd Records
Associated acts Shakespace, the Diplomats, Religious to Damn, White Bodies, Vaura, Azar Swan, Vain Warr, Antarctica, Cult of Youth, Tiers
Past members Joshua Strawn
Ryan Rayhill
Glenn Maryansky
James Minor

Blacklist was a band from Brooklyn, New York composed of Joshua Strawn (vocals, guitar), Ryan Rayhill (bass), Glenn Maryansky (drums) and James Minor (guitar). They were one of the flagship bands of painter Pieter Schoolwerth's Wierd Records imprint. The band's atmospheric modern rock music was described as "anthemic";[1] "darkly erotic, strangely sensual";[2] and "a much-needed anomaly in NYC's music scene".[3] They were sometimes classified as part of the post-punk revival, though their sound was generally more dense, incorporating elements of shoegaze and heavy metal with coldwave. The members often cited influences like My Bloody Valentine, Motörhead[4] and Black Sabbath[5] as influences alongside bands like the Comsat Angels, Killing Joke and the Sound.

The band's last live performance was in April 2011 with Locrian and labelmate Martial Canterel, co-presented by Wierd Records and Stereogum.


Blacklist's eponymous first EP was self-released in 2006, but subsequently went out of print. Released by Wierd in 2007, the Solidaire EP included a cover of seminal French coldwave band Asylum Party's song "Pure Joy in My Heart." The band's debut LP, Midnight of the Century, mixed by Ed Buller and mastered by Howie Weinberg, was released digitally on May 26, 2009 and on CD on July 28, 2009. The album title referenced revolutionary Victor Serge's book, Midnight in the Century.


Blacklist's lyrics often contained references to various authors, philosophers, and historical events. The song "Shock in the Hotel Falcon" was inspired by George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia, while "Language of the Living Dead" referenced the work of Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek. The album's liner notes quoted Jacques Lacan, Don Delillo, Rumi and Salman Rushdie. While many bands who play similar music often traffic in imagery relating to the supernatural, Strawn himself identified his message as "militantly humanistic",[6] combining Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne's more politically charged lyrics like "Children of the Grave", "Electric Funeral" and "Killer of Giants" with the cerebral work of Richey Edwards of the Manic Street Preachers.


Studio albums[edit]


  • Blacklist (2006, self-released)
  • Solidaire (2007, Wierd Records)



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