Tuesday 21 January 2014

***BLACK KITES exclusive interview w/Thomas Schlatter***

GenresPunk / Rock / Noise Rock / Math Rock / Grind / Emo / Shoegaze / Instrumental / Post-Hardcore / Metalcore / Screamo
Related artistsCapacities, In First PersonThis Ship Will Sink, The Assistant,
                        You And IBloodtype, CREEM, Hounds of Hate, Host, Natural Law,
                        Zhenia Golov and Altered Boys.
CountryNew Brunswick, New Jersey USA
Years Active2008-2012
Song: "Trauma"
Album: "The Last 3 Songs"
Year: 2012
Label(s): Ride The Fury Records / Hydrogen Man Records / Protagonist Records / Adagio830 /
               Glory Kid Records /
This post's artist is from the January 2014 Mix. This is track #12.
You can download the January 2014 Mix#1 right here.
For fans ofCapacitiesIn First PersonThis Ship Will Sink, The Assistant, You And I,
                  The Now, LoftusThe Setup, Circles Over Sidelights, Mercy Ties, Callow,
                  Jungbluth, Litany For The Whale, Cassilis, The Flying Worker,
                  Carrion SpringJoshua Fit For Battle and Totem Skin.

BLACK KITES were a phenomenal and, as it seems to go, a very short-lived band from New Jersey, in the US. Considering the members other projects, the band incorporated their typical style of metallic punk/hardcore with thrash and perhaps even some screamo, all topped with massive breakdowns and throat-wrenching screams.

I have posted a ton about Tom Schlatter (one of the  members of BLACK KITES) and the majority of his other bands, so I'll keep this short. This band is the same and it's different than his previous bands. You've got a constant barrage of heavy riffing, well-placed isolated parts and lots of screaming. I'm not going to explain any more than that because if you know any of his previous bands you've got the gist of it already. BLACK KITES broke up at the end of 2012 on good terms.

Tom described his time in the band below.
"I started Black Kites during 'phase 2' of In First Person.  The idea was to do a band with people from New Jersey, since the commute to Philadelphia was kind of ridiculous at times.  I felt totally out of touch with any drummers or bass players in New Jersey so I put up a post on a local message board that I wanted to start a new band.  Jeff had responded and told me he would love to do vocals.  I had met Jeff briefly and he always seemed like a good guy.  We eventually got Jay on drums, Jeff had known him from going to shows.  I wanted to get a bass player but Jeff said we should just do the three amp set up and start playing shows. The idea was to do something influenced by the 90’s hardcore bands that I grew up on  like Groundwork, 108, Unbroken, Threadbare, etc.  I guess there’s some of that in there with my usual guitar style seeping through.  The band was a lot of fun.  Jay and Jeff were a blast to be in a band with."

Tom Schlatter was gracious enough to answer a mountain of my questions late last year at the same time OMSB did the Capacities interview.


Click )==>here<==( for the link to download the band's complete discography in mp3 form.

2008 - Demo EP

2009 - Advancement To Ruins 12"LP

2010 - Songs Written While Things Were Changing 12"LP
2010 - Swallowed Up Split 12"LP

2011 - Convulsions Split 12"LP

2012 - The Last Three Songs cassetteEP


(2010) BLACK KITES - "Masochist" (from 'Songs Written While Things Were Changing')

(2011) BLACK KITES - "Sleep Easy/Tall Tales, Low Lives " (from 'Convulsions' split)

(2012) BLACK KITES - "Trauma" (from 'The Final Songs')


BLACK KITES additional links


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