Black Suit Karma
Black Suit Karma
They immediately won over the diverse crowd of young thrashers and scream/emo fans. BSK has been invited back several times since and, thinking big from the get go, expanded in September to nearby Little Rock (Vino’s, Downtown Music, Juanita’s), had October gigs set for Oklahoma City (Rock Lounge) and were actively negotiating gigs in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, and other regions. They also shot a video for their first single, the moodswinging (brooding to blistering) “Lovers or Leeches,” a track that they feel best encapsulates their entire sound. It is available on YouTube and the band’s website (www.blacksuitkarma.com) and is also in regular play on TVConway.com on their "After Midnight" channel (www.tvconway.com).
2009 holds even more for the up-and-coming band as they expand their market even further with extensive touring being planned for a large portion of north america. Black Suit Karma is a unique convergence of musicians whose time had come. When they met, Wilkerson and Johnson had been in separate bands that were in their formative stages, but they immediately saw the potential of blending Wilkerson’s dark lyrics and Johnson’s haunting melodies and rhythms. The two joined forces and began seeking others to complete their lineup. First came the youngest member of BSK, 24 year old Parker, and then, after they outvoted the temporary bass player (who wanted to kick Parker out and start a cover band), the duo began searching for a bassist to seal the deal.
After years of gigging and touring with numerous groups, Rus was a few years into his sabbatical from music when he was approached by the other members and realized the power and potential of the band. He immediately accepted and BSK quickly entered the fray as a DIY outfit to be reckoned with. The name of the band and the album have fascinating origins which reflect BSK’s unique, off the beaten path mindset as songwriters and performers. Wilkerson came up with the idea of “Black Suit Karma” after attending the funeral of a family member. Everyone was wearing black suits, and he mused that the more funerals one attended, the more their karma built up and the closer each person in the room was to their own mortality.
The title Negative White has roots in Asian culture, which Wilkerson is obsessed with and which is Parker’s background (Korean). It reflects the idea that the color white can be viewed as a negative symbol in foreign cultures, extending also to the black in a photo negative appearing as white. No track from Negative White captures this vibe better than the searing “Omega Horse,” a deeply skeptical political-minded track that attacks the way our government and military does business—and how what they do behind our backs affects us. Wilkerson’s guttural voice states: “You may be just a boy, but we’ll make you a man as you learn to kill gods and devils”—the idea being that other culture’s gods are our devils and vice versa. While the disc’s other tracks are more focused on personal relationships, each one touches on change, growth and pivotal points in our lives.
“Lovers Or Leeches” touches on the point where two lovers ask themselves, “Is there something deeper to pursue here, or is this all there is?” The simmering and grungy, Black Sabbath-oriented “Sick Junkie” touches on the dark edges of abusive or “alternative lifestyle” relationships. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..