Electric Black Talks of Music Creativity and The Creation of the Band

Hard acoustic melodic rockers ELECTRIC BLACK have an all new album out currently, with massive touring plans to take place this spring or come the fall. Their follow-up album is already in the works, writing taking place as always. The band goes into talks about how they came together and the music that they have created since forming.

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

Electric Black were formed originally in 2014 (approx.) by Ali Shiach (lead vocals/guitar) and Jonny Bryant (lead guitar/backing vocals). The band evolved though various lineups until early 2018 when Ryan Trotman was inducted as a permanent Bass player, joined shortly after by Matt Butler on drums. Ryan and Matt had played together in a previous band so their musical and social bond was evident. It didn’t take long for the 4 members to develop great chemistry on and off stage.

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

The name Electric Black is hopefully representative of our sound, evoking powerful imagery. It came from nowhere particular, we just thought it had a ring.

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

The band is based in north Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire. The local scene is very strong and diverse. James Bay (of hat-wearing acoustic pop fame) is from hitchin. Artists currently on the scene worth checking out are Waste (from Stevenage), Cara Beard, Kelvin Davies, Drew Jam and NOVA.

4. How would you describe your style?

Electric Blacks style could be described as classically influenced melodic rock with a modern edge. There’s blues influence in our sound right through to metal nuances. Vocals are clean and expansive. There’s a lot of groove to our sound and very little thrash, think Jet, Rival Sons, Black stone cherry etc.

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

We released our debut album "The Calm Before" November 2019 to positive critical acclaim (Powerplay mag 9/10, Classic rock mag 7/10). We have no plans to release anything this year but writing is an ongoing process, so I guess you could say album 2 is already in the making?!

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

We will be touring nationwide either spring or autumn 2020. We have a selection of standalone gigs and festival slots already in the books, keep an eye on our socials for all those announcements. We’re also shooting a music video for our lead album track ‘Love is a light (for the lost)’ in February out for release in March.

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

Electric Black can be heard, streamed and bought on Apple music, Amazon music, Deezer and Spotify. Merch can be purchased from our big cartel page: electricblack.bigcartel.com. Our socials are:

Facebook: Electric Black
Instagram: @electric_black
Twitter: @electricblack3

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

The thing we’d really like people to think when they first hear our music is "Fuck yeah". We like making music people can get stuck into, shake a leg or nod their head to and just feel empowered - ‘Driving music’ so to speak. Lyrical/musical/production appreciation can (hopefully) follow, but that initial wow factor epitomises a good song in our opinion.

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