There are those bands who are content to fit neatly into pre-ordained boxes set for them, and then there are bands who take one look at those boxes, chuckle to themselves, and proceed to throw every preconception and narrow-minded assumption straight out of the window. Brighton’s Black Peaks are firmly and unapologetically the latter.
Founded initially by guitarist Joe Gosney, bassist Andrew Gosden and drummer Liam Kearley, the original blueprint for the band was one of knotty instrumentalism and expansive, cinematic structure well-suited to the band’s astonishing musical skill set. However, the introduction of maniacal frontman Will Gardner on vocals served as a powerful lightening rod for the band, offering their exceptional technical ability a formidable emotional focus.
Their influences are drawn from the most broad and varied wells imaginable: from the sprawling, wide-eyed prog-isms of The Mars Volta to the lead-fingered riffing of Mastodon to the deft melodicism of City And Colour and plenty more besides there are touches from almost every edge of the musical palette in Black Peaks’ remarkable offering. This is spasmodic, esoteric, heart-shaking stuff that pitches and rolls, rises and falls in turn with both delicate grace and thunderous power.
From what I’ve heard so far from this band, their debut album will be excellent. You can pre-order a copy of the CD or Vinyl LP version here.
If you order on iTunes, you’ll get the first two singles, “Set In Stone” and “Saviour” as instant downloads: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/statues/id1052921521
The album is scheduled for release on the 8th of April 2016.
The band will tour the UK starting this Friday, 12th February.
Support on the tour comes from The Physics House Band
Tickets – http://m.bandsintown.com/BlackPeaks