Blacklight Poster Children
Blacklight Poster Children
Recession, depression, repression? No, not for the BLACK LIGHT POSTER CHILDREN. They’ve gathered up their weapons (live-synths, live-breakbeats, live-vox, and live-noize) and a bunch of uppity friends and they’re ready to kick-start a more militant kind dance revolution. This is no game…this is the PARTY! MEET THE BLACK LIGHT POSTER CHILDREN? Did the Bangkok Five break up? If you wanna be starting something, then ask that again. Of course not, the band that gave a concussion to all those lip-gloss-wearing-emo-fakers, TB5, are one E.P.
and two full-length’s deep, and will hit you with another aggressive indie-rock album sooner than you think; but singer Nik Frost and drummer Ray Blanco were oozing so much funk during their sessions that they decided to embark on an urgent mission to rescue dance-rock and party-rap from the blasé blahs. They recruited Jet Freedom (co-founder of the infamous Nymphs, whose singer actually took a piss legendary G n’R A&R man Tom Zutaut’s desk) to lay down some guitars that are more infectious than a crackhouse whoowa, and made room in their small studio for a consortium of “special guests” from Los Angeles’s post-Babylonian music scene. Then there’s Struggles, the waify art-school ingénue who Frost – in the spirit of Mclaren’s discovery of Bow Wow Wow’s nubile Annabella Lwin – literally pulled in from the street so she could wow you with her Double Dutch-stylee cadence. “This record would have cost an arm and a leg if we did it at big studio,” boasts Frost, “but with the gear, the technology, and the software available to us we could do just about anything we want to do.
And we did.” Except when they choose to for “artistic” purposes, you would never know how lo-fi it was; instead the drums sound as if they were recorded at Gold Star with Phil Spector and the rest could have been done at Electric Lady Studios in NYC. Don’t think it’s a stretch for Frost and Blanco to switch up their playlist from balls-to-the-wall-rock to butts-in-the-air beats, because the former was discovered by the original masher of uptown vs. downtown, Malcolm “Buffalo Gals” McLaren, and was also mentored by Giorgio Moroder’s beatmeister, Keith “Flashdance” Forsey. He’s been twisting knobs in Europe before he was into rock and roll. And talk about Northern Soul: Frost can go from Ian Curtis to Curtis Mayfield at the drop of a quid.
And you know Blanco’s got soul or, as JB says, he “wouldn’t be in hea!” Blanco, despite an innate ability to kick out the jams, founded the soul group Under The Influence of Giants, and don’t underestimate his love for the MJ…yeah, Michael Jackson. That means he wants to rock with you…ALL NIGHT. They call it BLACK LIGHT POSTER CHILDREN (or BLPC) because it reminds them of those times when there was rebellion, liberation, even utopia in your local head shop; lined with those groovy black light and concert posters. The rave flyers of the late-80s and early-90s revived the hope created through the collaboration of youth and gorilla cultures. Mod-rock, ragga-jungle, hardcore techno, and hip-hop beats were interacting on massive lawns or chill-out rooms.
Hybrid acts like the MDMA-mad Happy Mondays or Primal Scream were inspiring other acts like the Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Crystal Method and others who dared to bring all genres of music to the dancefloor. SIGNED TO AUTHENTIK ARTISTS Authentik Artists’ Scott Austin was at Warner Brothers when Madonna was there, he has an ear and an eye for great music, and was excited to sign BLPC to his organization. If BLPC are an anti-band, then Authentik is just the anti-label to collaborate with. The multi-faceted music company is Los Angeles based and is focused on developing emerging artist talent using digital mediums. Together they’ve come up with an ambitious strategy to get BLPC heard and seen wherever necessary…which will include television, flix, videogames, and as of now, with major shoe retailer, Zappos.com. TURN ON YOUR BLACKLIGHTS You’ll be too busy moving your arms, legs, and booty to Twitter, but you are welcome to raise your cell-phones up in the air and yell, “Lightah! Lightah!” Look out for the $elf-titled debut of BLACK LIGHT POSTER CHILDREN available now! The EP is now in stores, online, and IN YOUR HEAD.
There will be no further warning, no missive, no communiqué; just turn on your black lights, turn up the volume, and get ready to roll like it was 1989! BLPC’s self-titled EP is now available on iTunes, Amazon.com, Rhapsody and most other online retailers. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..