you're reading...
Album review, Music, Review

ALBUM REVIEW: Blaqk Audio

BLAQK AUDIO — Bright Black Heaven
(Superball Music)

PETE WALSH invites all spelling Nazis and genre critics to have a squiz at this one.

Best known as the BFFs of AFI fame, Jade Puget and Davey Havok have returned their attentions to their little electro lovechild, Blaqk Audio. Bright Black Heaven builds further on the ‘90s house music that formed the foundation of their wittily-titled debut Sexcells. It’s been a fascinatingly diverse journey for the pair: having travelled through punk rock, hard rock, post-hardcore and hybrid-electro rock with AFI, Havok and Puget have a strange knack of putting their fingers in every pie.

Luckily, this pie hasn’t scalded them too terribly. While Blaqk Audio’s take on EDM is a bit dated, their treble-heavy brand of electro is infectious. This combines with a penchant for lyrical ingenuity as on the first album single Faith Healer  (“you’re stumbling like the Nazarene… you’re stunning just like a Philistine”) to create one hell of an intriguing album. I was lucky enough to catch them opening for Evanescence earlier this year and while the set was short, it was incredibly sweet. Live performances for electro bands will always be a point of contention, but Blaqk Audio know how to create a stellar show and this shines through the theatrics of their music.

The LP’s jilted love theme plays out well across the numerous keyboard interludes and vigilant attention to percussive breakdowns. Unlike many electro outfits, vocals play an integral role as Havok’s talents allow a musical diversity to run rampant across the 12 tracks that make up the album.

PETE WALSH is an ex-Rave contributor and vagrant writer, a literati, music aficionado and coffee snob.

Advertisements

About DENIS SEMCHENKO

Media & comms pro who works in mysterious ways. Writer, vinyl enthusiast, sort-of cineaste, history and geopolitics nerd and (nearly) reformed muso. Has a soft spot for hyphens and slashes. Will chew off your ear about obscure music, random facts and world football.

Discussion

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 767 other followers

OffStreet Tweets

Blog Stats

  • 35,248 hits
%d bloggers like this: