Black Light White Light is ultraviolet light bathed in white light. A quite impossible imagination. But for the Danish band built around musical captain Martin Ejlertsen that color combination shouldn’t be disregarded in advance, but rather welcomed as a musical journey that as much is about to embark on the adventure of the duality between the possible and impossible as good versus evil.
Black Light White Light play melodic, psychedelic indie rock bathed in dirty tremolo, overdrive and reverb. The creative development of the band push the personal as well as the musical boundaries to create memorable moments that draws the listener as well as the musicians into a personal universe, where time and reason are minorities in relation to performance and results. It’s about capturing the moment and embrace it.
After more than a year away from the live stage – especially abroad – the band returned with a new single “High Like a Hurricane” and B-side “Sex And Fury” on June 23, 2014 as a precursor for a second album. The single is an explosive cocktail of exactly psych-rock, catchy pop melodies and edgy hook lines. The video for ‘High Like A Hurricane’ was recorded in London during Easter 2014 when the band was in the English capital doing a few showcases. The video premiered on the two prominent British music sites Artrocker and Big Cheese Magazine on June 30 saying the Danes “will melt your mind with their new single”. The single’s B-side “Sex And Fury” has as well obtained vigilant attention when premiering on Simon Raymonde’s (Cocteau Twins / Bella Union Records) own radio show on Amazing Radio in England already weeks before the release of the single.
Black Light White Light were formed in 2009 by guitarist, singer and composer Martin Ejlertsen. After some overlap and changes in the band’s line-up he is today primarily joined by brothers Adam Winberg (drums) and Tobias Winberg (bass) with a handfull of selected musicians joining the band live too now and then. From the beginning, the Scandis had an international outlook and sought inspiration and collaboration over long distances. The debut EP “Directors Cut” released in 2010 was thus recorded in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer Johan Forsman (The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Jens Lekman, Haakan Hellström). Later that year the band went to Los Angeles, CA to record the debut album “Infrared Daylight” with the American producer Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Dandy Warhols, Von Bondies, Miranda Lee Richards). The debut album was released on the band’s own imprint Record Records on September 26, 2011.
The release was followed by a 10-day tour in the United States and an appearance at NXNE Music Festival in Toronto, Canada. In 2012 the band performed around Scandinavia and did a major UK-tour ending up back home in the studio recording Xmas single “The Bells Of St. Mary”. The band went on the road again in late 2012 and early 2013 performing around Scandinavia and also Italy for the first time in it is proceeding becoming support and backing band for the internationally renowned The Telescopes (UK). The Danes has as well performed with bands like Crocodiles (US), Crystal Antlers (US) and The Soundtrack Of Our Lives (S).
In May 2014 Black Light White Light went in the studio again to record their second album “Gold Into Dreams”. This time, it was decided to record the album in Copenhagen. The band was through the respected American agency Worlds End Management introduced to the Grammy-nominated producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith (Jet, The Dandy Warhols, Trails of Dead, Smog) from Austin, TX. He got so excited about the band’s new demos that a cooperation was quickly agreed. A few months later the American flew to Denmark to live and work with the band on the new album. For 12 intense days and nights the new collective of friends lived and breathed music to create an album that would end up being wilder, more adventurous and exploratory than the debut. ”Gold Into Dreams ” also introduce guest performances from the Grammy Award-winning string arranger Davide Rossi (Coldplay, Goldfrapp) and the Danish / Iranian sitar player Atusa Zamani on the song ”And The Devil”. The album is mastered at The Lodge, New York City by Emily Lazar, the first female master technician who has won a Grammy for her work with Foo Fighters’ album “Wasting Light” previously also working with artists like David Bowie, Vampire Weekend, Garbage, The Raveonettes, Lou Reed and Morrissey.
The album revises the band’s love for classic rock with a heavier focus on the more experimental, psychedelic rock. It as well offers gentle and sensitive moments inspired by live turning moments on 12 new songs wrapped in rich melodies, adventurous soundscapes and instrumental hook lines capturing the band playing live in the studio better than ever recording half of the songs in first takes.
”Gold Into Dreams” accounts on the band’s enjoyment of the 60s bohemian and psych-scene on the American West Coast, that evoke memories of artists The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane and The Seeds. With that in mind, it is still hard not to also draw parallels to the British 1990s Madchester and shoegazer scene with bands such as The Verve, Ride, The Stone Roses and singer Ian Brown, particularly in lead singer Martin’s emotive vocals.
The new album will please listeners, who swear to rock and beat music as it sounded in the 60s as well as more modern indie rock embracing recent heydays of the 90s. Black Light White Light shower for tomorrow’s shores in swaying promising towards the unpredictable reality.