ORIGIN: NY, LA
GENRES: Alternative, rock,
funk, electronic, psych soul
"In this so-called digital age, things are steadily becoming easier to make. Music is no exception. What once required a full studio band can now be made in someone’s bedroom with software on a laptop. However, in minimalizing the effort of crafting music, we may have accidentally forgotten about the intrinsic quintessence of live instrumentation. Never fear, for here arrives indie soul group Blacklighter. With their self-titled debut EP in 2016, this new single seeks to remind listeners what music played by real musicians sounds like."
Ibn-Umar Abbasparker - Indie Band Guru
"Jonny Shemz & Asi Spector who go by the evocative stage name Blacklighter, blend the groove of hard-rock, funk and classic soul in their music. Their brand new single is doused with heavy guitars, a haunting atmosphere, and unadulterated darkness. "Light shines through" is raw and fervent - clutching onto sometimes spacey, synth-pop tones but never compromising on a distinctly gritty sound. What results is cataclysmic and earth-shattering in scope and fierceness".
Full of tantalizing grooves and snaking riffs, Blacklighter’s self-titled EP is the rare debut that arrives fully formed. From the instrumental intro “Rough Beauty,” Backlighter excels at blending his influences, Memphis soul, 70’s hard rock, 90’s Seattle sound, and a healthy dosage of the Purple One all combine into a sound that’s at once aggressive, funky, and unforgettable. “Altar” and “Bring Me Back” showcase the songwriter’s skill at an undeniable hook. This is a new artist to keep your eye on for sure.
By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK contributor
A duo of multi-instrumentalists representing both LA & NY, BLACKLIGHTER is provoking a revolution of the musical mind. Fuzing there in your face indie rock band with funk and electronic shapes and colors. In this age with the bending of rules and morphing of genres, Blacklighter stands out as an addition to the many teams of 2 we are all familiar with. Bands like MGMT, The Black Keys, The Chemical Bros., The White Stripes. Blacklighter draws on a variety of influences, albeit the darker sides of artists like Prince(80’s), St Vincent, The Black Keys, MGMT, Neo-psychedelia and electronic music. Blacklighter’s sound is produced with scintillating grooves by drummer/bassist Asi Spector, riveting guitars & powerhouse vocals by Jonny Shemz. They exude the kind of raw emotion that affords the listener the ability to be taken on a journey into the soul of the music.