Want some fresh electro-pop, but don’t want to stray to far from the comfort of your favorite indie rock band? You’re in luck. The Black And White Years are an indie art rock band based out of Austin, TX, and the members met while attending school in Nashville, TN. The band consists of Scott Butler (vocals, guitars, keys), Landon Thompson (guitars, keys, vocals), John Aldridge (bass, brass), and Billy Potts (drums). This is a creative group of guys that combine distinct sounds from electronics, keys, and guitars to create their unique style. They have been recommended to be one of the best up-and-coming electro-pop bands in America. Check one of their most popular songs from their newest album “Patterns” called “Up!”
As you can see, this band has their original electro-pop style dialed in. The Black And White Years were officially discovered at South by Southwest in 2007 by Jerry Harrison, a member of Talking Heads and Modern Lovers. Jerry offered to work with the band and produced their debut self-titled album in Sausalito, CA. The album was released in 2008 and kick-started the group’s success at festivals such as CMJ, Austin City Limits Music Festival, and MIDEM to name a few. Check out this music video for their song “Cold:”
The band will be playing a show tomorrow night at The Basement in Nashville. They will continue to tour throughout the east this summer with hype surrounding their newest album called “Patterns.” This album is their second solid release in three years. While their music may seem odd or quirky to some, The Black And White Years must be heard live for a full-engagement with their art. With great sounds, danceable grooves, and a solid all around performance, these guys are worth your time. Listen to another song called “Patterns” from their latest album.
Visit their website to keep listening, or simply come to the show tomorrow night at The Basement in Nashville, TN.
By: Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC