Black Ink River Discusses of World Domination and Music!

Heavy yet bluesy rockers BLACK INK RIVER have two albums tucked snuggly under their belts! But new music is coming very soon with shows to be announced as soon as possible! The discussion goes further along with more content perhaps even a world domination?

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Black Ink River was formed in 2016 as a studio project basically. Me (Dano) and the drummer Roger wrote and recorded some songs in Roger’s studio. We found a sound and a style that we really liked but needed a guitarist for a couple of solos and that’s where Bosse came into the picture. Bosse recorded some really sick solos that blew me away.

We talked about writing an album together the three of us, and so we did. The first album HEADSTRONG was written and recorded over a year but we had actually never played the songs as a band so we started looking for a bass player that would be a good fit for us. Anders Modd from the heavy metal band Wolf were looking for a 70s style rock band to play with and somehow we ended up together. Funny how things just happens.

We come from totally different backgrounds and this interview would be very long if I gave you the whole story. Let’s just say that musically we come from Death Metal, Blues, Rock and Heavy Metal and now we play some sort of 70s inspired bluesy rock.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Well, me and Roger just where some words around and ended up with Black Ink River. Not a fancy story or anything, we just thought it sounded cool as hell and it stuck.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We’re from a town called Västerås in Sweden. Nowadays Västerås is a bit sleepy but it’s only one hour from Stockholm where the music scene is pretty good and where you have a lot of good bands and venues. A band I would like to recommend is Lugnet, check them out.

4. How would you describe your style?

Riff based rock with bluesy elements. Heavy, groovy and beautiful.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

Our debut album Headstrong was released 2018 and our follow up Through The Unknown was released in January this year, both released on GMR Music Group. I guess you can hear some Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Mountain and Led Zep in our music as well as some Sabbath here and there but I truly think that we have our own unique sound and songwriting style due to our various backgrounds. 

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

We actually have a single coming up in a couple of months and you’re the first to know. Can’t really tell you more about that at the moment. Also we’re writing new songs and have big secret plans in the works, hehe.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We’re just waiting for the green light and for the world to open up so that we can get out there and play, still a bit uncertain when that is but our booking agent Hannah is on it like a hawk.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

World domination of course! No but seriously, we’re dying to get out there and play live with our new album and to meet all of the great people that seem to like what we do.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

All our music is available at all big streaming platforms and on CD, CD/DVD, download and vinyl and you can buy them wherever you buy music I guess.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

I want the listener to feel empowered by our music. You know when you hear a really good strong song and crank the volume up really loud and you feel like a fucking superhero. Like that!

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