May 2012 – Band Of The Month
What made you name your band Blacklisters?
We took it from a Bob Dylan documentary where they were talking about the McCarthyist Blacklisters, I liked the “ers” bit. Joe Strummer was in a band called the 101ers and I liked the “ers” bit of that. We are not making any statements or anything except maybe that we have good credit.
Which bands do you draw inspiration from musically?
Sting, Brian May, late Rod Stewart, Brian Adams, they’re the big ones. Ummmm we take inspiration from all sorts, The Jesus Lizard, Shellac and Kong (also Brew records) are massive influences. I’d be hard pressed to tell you a better band in the UK than Kong past or present. Ummm Pissed Jean, Big ‘n and Oxes bands like that. We also take a bunch of inspiration from bands that are around us all the time like Hawk Eyes and These Monsters. Having a bunch of bands around you that you like as bands and as people does the world of good for what you do I think.
What can people expect from your live show?
We put Circle Of Life by Elton John on the PA and all sit and cry for 30 minutes.
What song would you recommend from your Facebook?
If I could post “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal on it, it would be that. As it is there are three you can stream, Swords, I Can Confirm… and Trick F*ck. Take your pick they are are all pretty good if you wanna know what we sound like.