Panther / vox, programming
alli / guitars
barrett / synth, programming
LARRY / DRUMS
Since the group’s founding in 2010, Brooklyn-based Bootblacks have been enthralling audiences with their frenetic live shows from the U.S. to Europe. Their sound has been described as a balance of contradictions: both pensive and buoyant, referential and modern. Fitting, as the Bootblacks name is derived from novelist William Burroughs’ description of the dark underbelly of glitzy New York City.
Bootblacks released their first EP, Narrowed, in the fall of 2012, recorded with Brian Scott Herman, after previously collaborating with Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds). Founding Members, PANTHER MacDonald (vox), & Alli Gorman (guitars), recount the collaboration with Sclavunos as a “life-changing” one that informs Bootblacks music to this day.
Veins was released in 2016 and was described as a step in the band’s evolution from punk to post-punk. With their influences always expanding, the band is never complacent in what makes up their sound. They toured extensively behind the effort and started building momentum.
With the addition of Barrett Hiatt in early 2017, the band began work on Fragments, which was released via Manic Depression Records in September of 2017. The effort found the band further diving into a more synth heavy, atmospheric and “bigger sounding” Bootblacks than before. The album landed on many year end “best-of” lists and has catapulted the band into a must-see for 2018.
Now in 2019 playing festivals such as Cold Waves, Terminus, Absolution, Wave Gotik Treffen, Murder of Crows, Return to The Batcave & Out From The Shadows, the band are looking to make waves with their forthcoming record, and first on Artoffact Records, THIN SKIES.