Feb 28, 2013

Ballerina Black - Injureless

My love affair with Ballerina Black started with an innocent picture my friends took outside a Hollywood nightclub.   On the sidewalk was a cool logo spray painted on the cement.   We thought it would be cool to get a shot with my shoes next to it... having no idea what the logo represented.   Out of curiosity when I got home later that night I googled it.   And thank goodness I did because I ended up listening to some really great music (see kids, street art can educate you if you just open your eyes and your mind!).

I think the first song I heard was called "The Queen is Dead".   Something about the musical arrangement and the vocals- it just reminded me of everything I loved about good music when I was a teen and discovering bands like Silverchair and Blur.   I don't know why- it's not like they are really the same sound wise, but that's how my brain connected it.
In typical me fashion, I started following the band on twitter, instagram, facebook... and somehow ended up talking with one of the band's members, Bobby.   The band is interesting- they refer to their music as Mope-Rock/Grave-Wave/Gloom-Pop.   Which I absolutely agree describes their sound very well.   It's like listening to guitar and lyrics of someone going through something, only it's not tragedy specific or anything as a whole.   I mean, maybe it is for the group, but as a listener, it just sort of soothes you into reflection and quiet enjoyment- like, yes, this is exactly how I am feeling today, thank you for finding a sound that describes it for me.

I'm currently listening to the album "Injureless" and I have to say, it doesn't disappoint.   It's just mellow, but emotional.   The perfect blend of music somehow.   On their facebook page the band describes themselves like this:
Driving Mope-Rock could be one way to describe their sound, Grave-Wave may be another. Regardless of the sonic hemispheres, the paradoxes that exist in the Los Angeles based quartet Ballerina Black are startling. Singer-songwriter Moynahan seems to be incapable of answering band and music related inquiries without delivering a hyper-metaphoric, stream of conscious response that's ironically focused and congruent. This is ever-present lyrically as well. "Tears and fury are not that distant of relatives,.. and sometimes funerals are fun to dance at". Joined by bassist Sugich in 2007, a telepathy was forged; completing their first full length (Cattle Arithmetic) in 2010 and opening for the likes of Silversun Pickups and Interpol at LA Greek Theater. The two embellished on their uniqueness with drummer Anthos and extra guitars and keys provided by Eton, after which, releasing the first of a series of EPs in late 2012 under the division titled Injureless. "Maybe if Nirvana had decided to do covers of the Cure?,.. might come close to hitting some planet of reference in them Black universe surrounding these guys sound". What is apparent, the refreshingly austere catchy-ness of Ballerina Blacks message. But the biggest mystery still remains... how long is it going to take the rest of the world to start freaking out about this band?

I agree- why is this super talented dynamic group still unknown outside of it's core fan base?   The few times I have said this about a band, I can happily say that usually they end up blowing up within the next year or so- and I hope the same holds true here because I am certain there are a lot of you out there who will definitely enjoy them.   So check out their web page and stuff and let them know how you found them!

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