Genre: Post Hardcore
The band formed in 2003 “out of boredom”, originally called Ten Minute Preview, however after deciding to ditch their name at the time material they re-branded themselves The Blackout, the name was taken from a t-shirt saying “I survived the blackout” referring to the New York City blackout of 1977. Having performed with the likes of fellow Welsh bands, including Funeral For A Friend, Kids in Glass Houses, The Automatic and Lostprophets, as well as Reuben, Fightstar, Avenged Sevenfold amongst other big name bands the band released their debut mini-album The Blackout! The Blackout! The Blackout! on 23 October 2006 through Fierce Panda Records, this led to Kerrang! nominating the band for Best Newcomers.
Under a year later The Blackout released their debut album, We Are the Dynamite!, on 1 October 2007 through Fierce Panda records. The first single taken from it is entitled “The Beijing Cocktail” and was released on 24 September 2007. We Are The Dynamite is the fastest selling album ever released on Fierce Panda. To coincide with the band’s debut album release they announced a 14-date headline UK tour with Flood of Red and Pierce the Veil followed by joining the Taste of Chaos tour across Europe in November 2007, replacing Escape The Fate and playing alongside The Used, Rise Against, Aiden and Gallows.
The second single released from the album We Are the Dynamite! was “It’s High Tide Baby” (which features Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins) and was released via Fierce Panda on 11 February 2008. However, due to a pressing error, the A side of this single ended up being “The Beijing Cocktail” instead of “It’s High Tide Baby“. After further touring across the United Kingdom and Europe, April 2008 saw The Blackouts first jaunt to USA with a short tour of the mid west supporting blessthefall ending in Bamboozle Festival in New Jersey. In May, the band played at the Give It A Name festival for the second time, this time playing on the main stage alongside acts such as Silverstein, Billy Talent and Glassjaw. They also brought along entertainment team The Fuel Girls, to support their stage presence. The Blackout also supported Story of the Year on their UK The Black Swan tour, both bands finished off the tour by playing Slam Dunk Festival in Leeds, UK. September 8 brought The Blackout’s first visit to Japan playing a short 4 date stop with Alesana. On returning from Japan, The Blackout got straight on a bus to mainland Europe to tour with fellow Welshmen Attack! Attack! then returning to the UK where they were supported by The Medic Droid, We Are the Ocean and From First To Last. This tour saw The Blackout became only the third unsigned band ever to sell out the London Astoria. The previous bands being The Darkness and Enter Shikari respectively .
The Best in Town (2009-Present)
In 2008 the band split with record label Fierce Panda, scrapping plans to release another two singles from We Are The Dynamite and “I Love Myself and I Wanna Live”, this ultimately led to the band being signed to Epitaph Records in February 2009. After finishing up touring in 2008 the band began recording their second album, The Best in Town with A vocalist, Jason Perry at Sonic Ranch, El Paso, Texas. The rest of the vocal tracking was completed in Southend on Sea in early January. In March 2009 the band set out to LA to film a music video for their first single from The Best in Town, “Children of the Night” and for their second single, “Saves Our Selves”, as well as meeting with record Label Epitaph, who are based in the US. The first single off The Best in Town, “Children Of The Night”, was released on the 18th of May. To promote this album, the band toured with The Urgency, Hollywood Undead and Silverstein, before playing at the Download Festival, where they ended up playing twice due to The Ghost Of A Thousand pulling out at the last minute. Speaking to Sam Darcy in an interview immediately after their first gig on the main stage, guitarist James Davies described the experience as “..awesome and mind blowingly big. It gets to the point where you are just looking at so many people that you can’t really comprehend how many people are there.”
They headlined Butserfest on 12 September playing alongside Go Audio, We Are The Ocean and Attack! Attack!. They have also been confirmed to play the Kerrang Relentless Energy Drink Tour 2010 alongside My Passion, Young Guns and All Time Low. Through Monday 16 November to Saturday 21 November The Blackout were doing band signing in Major cities and Towns.
The band recently finished recording their third album – titled “Hope“, due to be released on 4 April 2011.
- James “Bob” Davies – guitar, backing vocals
- Matthew Davies – guitar, backing vocals
- Rhys Lewis – bass guitar
- Gareth “Snoz” Lawrence – drums, backing vocals