Scraping Genius Off The Wheel


  • Gary Suarez


Released stealthily though Deathwish Inc. quite late last year, Blacklisted’s vinyl-only No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me secured a well deserved (Dis)honorable Mention on my Best Albums of 2009 post, as I’ve found myself listening to it more and more over the past several weeks. It doesn’t quite top the extraordinarily aggressive Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God, but frankly neither do most hardcore albums of the past decade. Though my proper review of the album will come later, you can check out the title track streaming at the band’s MySpace page. Blacklisted’s sound has evolved into something… else. If you own a turntable, you should buy the record here.

After playing a great one-off gig last week in NYC with The Hope Conspiracy, United Nations and Mother Of Mercy, Blacklisted will finally tour for the new album beginning next month. A handful of the U.S. gigs will feature Gods & Queens, a phenomenal noise rock band that formed out of the ashes of Versoma. The opportunity to see both them and Blacklisted on the same bill is as awesome as dipping a chocolate bar in a jar of creamy peanut butter. Yum. The tour wraps up later in March when the band plays the United Blood fest, which (as I’ve already reported) will include sets from Madball, Maximum Penalty, Cruel Hand and a whole bunch of others hardcore acts. All dates below.

02/11: Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Café Metropolis w/ Strike Anywhere, This Time Next Year
02/14: Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar w/ Pulling Teeth, Strike Anywhere, Ruiner
02/15: Greensboro, NC @ Legitimate Venue w/ Advent, Braveyoung
02/16: Birmingham, AL @ Firehouse w/ PS Elliot
02/17: Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone w/ American Gods
02/18: Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/ The Burden
02/20: Phoenix, AZ @ 23 West
02/21: San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe w/ Nails
02/22: San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside w/ Streetwalkers
02/23: Anaheim,CA @ Chain Reaction w/ Fell To Low
02/25: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre w/ Crooked Ways
02/26: Kansas City, MO @ Scion Lab
02/27: Minneapolis, MN @ The Beat w/ Harms Way, Arms Adrift
02/28: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
03/01: Cleveland, OH @ Now Thats Class w/ Reverse The Curse, Puriah
03/02: Erie, PA @ Forward Hall
03/03: Albany, NY @ Valentines w/ Aficionado, Columbia
03/04: Haverhill, MA @ Anchors Up w/ Gods And Queens, The Carrier, The First Annual
03/05: Long Island, NY @ Broadway w/ Gods And Queens, Incendiary, Polygon
03/06: New York CIty, NY @ Cake Shop w/ Gods And Queens
03/07: Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary w/ Gods And Queens
03/26 or 3/27: Richmond, VA @ Alleykatz (United Blood fest)


[Gary Suarez usually manages the consistently off-topic No Yoko No. Say, why don’t you follow him on Twitter?]

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