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The Blackout Announce Hmv Signings & Acoustic Performances


Single ‘Running Scared‘ Out 21st January 2012
Album ‘Start The Party’ Out 21st January 2013 Via Cooking Vinyl
January 2013 Tour With Sonic Boom Six And Proxies

The Blackout announce their new album Start The Party due out 21st January 2013.

Featuring 11 new tracks of non-stop, high-energy, full-monty, balls-to-wall rock anthems, the latest creative splatter from Merthyr Tydfil’s brightest stars is the explosion of energy and unbridled enjoyment we’ve all been seeking.

“Music can be a great form of escapism and we tried to fully encapsulate that with this record,” says vocalist Gavin Butler. “There’s a lot of bands out there at the moment that do deal with this depression and the shit state of the world, but that’s just not us. We wanted to write about enjoying yourself and not worrying about things. Take a half hour out of your life, switch off and hear something fun!”

Recorded in the heart of the West Country at The Distillery Studios with former-A vocalist and long-time collaborator Jason Perry behind the desk, Start The Party sees the boys embracing everything that they – and their fans – love the most.

“It’s about positivity, moving on and getting on with life,” says co-vocalist Sean Smith

From the party-heavy title-track, through the hip-shaking ‘We Live On’ and the lighter-waving ballad of ‘You’ the band have created a wealth of hooks and catchy melodies that will send crowds around the planet hoarse from excitement. Once they’re delivered by their duelling vocalists, these songs will further cement The Blackout’s position as one of the most entertaining and enigmatic live bands in the UK

“This album captures our real personality,” says Sean. “That laryiness, the yobbish, laddish, loud, shouting happy gang that’s all about doing what we want and having a good time. We’re like the Beastie Boys meets Andrew W.K. meets Dirty Sanchez.”

“All I know is that this record contains the best songs we’ve ever written,” says Gavin. “We can only hope that it’s the one that gets us our own Caribbean islands. “

Adding to their explosive live performances, their party-hard attitude, perpetual witty banter and award-winning good looks (we made that last bit up), Start The Party proves – as a bold and non-nonsense fact – that The Blackout “are still the best in town!


1) Start The Party

2) Radio

3) We Live On

4) Let Me Go

5) Take Away The Misery

6) Keep Singing

7) Running Scared

8) You

9) Free Yourself

10) Sleep When You’re Dead

11) Throw It All Away

Lead single Start The Party was B List on Radio 1, as well as having been record of the week over 3 BBC shows. The new single Running Scared (currently B list Radio 1) will be released 21st January 2013.


Fri Jan 18 Bridgend Hobos

Sun Jan 20 Glasgow King Tuts (afternoon & evening performance)

Mon Jan 21 Newcastle O2 Academy 2

Tue Jan 22 Edinburgh Liquid Rooms

Wed Jan 23 Birmingham HMV Institute

Fri Jan 25 London Electric Ballroom

Sat Jan 26 Manchester HMV Ritz

Sun Jan 27 Kingston Fighting Cocks (record release show) SOLD OUT


WHAT: Signing sessions and a live acoustic performance WHERE & WHEN: hmv Glasgow, Buchanan Street, Sunday 20th January 2013 at 11.00am hmv Newcastle, Northumberland St, Monday 21st January 2013 at 5.00pm hmv Edinburgh, Princes Street, Tuesday 22nd January 2013 at 5.00pm hmv Birmingham, Bullring, Wednesday 23rd January 2013 at 5.00pm



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