Blacklisters have been bashing out a name for themselves since emerging from the fertile Leeds music scene in 2008, and following a string of excellent singles & EPs and a pair of incendiary performances at the Reading & Leeds Festivals released a brace of uncompromising albums of brutally minimalist riffs and abrasive abstractions, sharing stages with the likes of Future of The Left, Kong and Pulled Apart By Horses along the way.
Following a 2017 EP release through the now sadly defunct Too Pure Singles Club, Blacklisters had been operating under the radar until emerging recently with news of their third album Fantastic Man, which is due for release in the UK through peerless noise-merchants Buzzhowl Records on 28th August, with European and US releases via A Tant Rêver Du Roi and Learning Curve Records respectively. Speaking of the album, the band say “Recorded live in one day, Fantastic Man by Blacklisters is the third album by Blacklisters but the first to be called Fantastic Man. That is because it is a different album to the other ones and so we gave it a different name to avoid confusion.”
Today we’re delighted to bring you a sneeky peek of what to expect with the first chance to see the video for new single ‘Le Basment’; its vocal ticks, scathing guitars, shards of feedback and pummeling rhythms backed with cheeky emoji-themed visuals. Asked about the track, the band replied “Le Basement is not a song that is French or about a basement. But as a band who have found most of their joy in French basements we felt it was fitting. This video was made by fantastic comic book artist Kathy Macleod find her and like her. We like you.”
Words by Paul Maps