The second album on Manic Depression by Brooklyn based Electro/Post Punk band! Since the group’s founding in 2010, Brooklyn-based Bootblacks' 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. Vocalist and frontman Panther MacDonald lists an eclectic set of influences: Depeche Mode, New Order, Simple Minds, Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division, early U2, as well as the Beatles and David Bowie for lyrical inspiration. Bootblacks released a first (deleted) EP in 2012, recorded with Brian Scott Herman, after previously collaborating with Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds).
Songwriters MacDonald and Gorman describe the collaboration with Sclavunos as a “life-changing” one that informs Bootblacks’ music to this day. Panther describes ”Veins“, Bootblacks album released in 2016, 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. With the addition of Barrett Hiatt (the Harrow / Automelodi) in early 2017, fans can expect an even more synth heavy, atmospheric and “bigger-sounding” Bootblacks than before – and this is exactly what ‘Fragments’ is staying for! An impressive followup to ‘Veins’ indeed!
01. Hold & Dissolve
02. The longest Night
03. Memory Palace
04. Sudden Moves
05. A pale Fire
07. For You (Lois)