Blacklist Union take a shine to your Dirty Halo in their new single and video — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The dark, slow-burning anthem is the latest preview of the L.A. rockers’ upcoming new album Letters From The Psych Ward. Arriving Sept. 15, it delivers 13 tracks guaranteed to invade your eardrums and take you on a wild ride. “Our music will transport you from the gritty streets of the Bronx to the wild energy of Los Angeles,” promises frontman Tony West. “Turn up the volume and make some noise!”
Blacklist Union do just that on Letters From The Psych Ward. Coming in hot, the title track sets a frantic pace, while Devil With The Angel Face is an earworm from the opening beats. The band also show they can take it down a few notches, as Tony taps into his tender side beautifully with tracks like Dancing With The Angels and Aerosmith’s Mia. An incredible cover of Devo’s Gates Of Steel makes its mark before the album wraps with a take on David Bowie’s Golden Years.
Continuing to create their own irresistible and shamanistic blend of Stone Temple Pilots, Guns N’ Roses, Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone. Blacklist Union dedicate these recordings to the late D.H. Peligro of the Dead Kennedys, Todd Youth and Wayne Swinny. Peligro and Zander Schloss of Circle Jerks both appear on the album’s bonus tracks.
West was raised in the Bronx on The Ramones, Bad Brains and NYHC. Hearing the call of the west, he made his way to L.A. at 19. He initially collaborated with guitarist Todd Youth (Murphy’s Law / Danzig) and Malfunkshun, which was kept active by Andy Wood’s brother Kevin Wood.
Tony took a break from L.A. for Memphis in 1998. While there, he attended the first Saliva gig. This marked the beginning of his longtime friendship with Saliva drummer Paul Crobsy, who eventually joined Blacklist Union. In addition, Tony recorded with Saliva and Jon E. Love (Love/Hate) in 2014.