With food, beer and America at the forefront, it only makes sense guitar player/vocalist Christian Gordy and drummer Taryn Waldman would meet at Gordy’s 2011 July 4th cookout in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Waldman, a former Hooter’s waitress turned big time commercial film editor; and Gordy, a one-legged bartender/artist/BBQ enthusiast were an oddball couple for NY’s rigid metal scene. With no direction and zero discussion the two instinctually began banging out some massive caveman jams that could party as much as they could crush. In the following months, the two recruited fellow rager and Hooters chef alumni, Justin Sherrell, for bass duties… and things got loud and heavy. BLACKOUT — referring to blackout drunk, power failure, or a mobster hit on an entire family — was a no brainer of a name.
In November 2012 BLACKOUT recorded their debut LP, ‘We Are Here’, at Vacation Island studio with engineer/producer Rob Laakso (Diamond Nights, Swirlies, Kurt Vile). The band self released the record on vinyl/digital in 2013 to a widely accepting audience, and even garnered praises from the some of the hottest blogs du jour. The band has been gigging around the NYC area for it’s 3 year existence but has ventured to Canada, Maine, Philly, Providence, Austin and all up the West Coast, sharing the stage with acts such as Acid King, Weedeater, Trouble, and more.
During the summer of 2013, the band began working on a new body of songs… strictly working off riffs spontaneously summoned during practice. Lots of things were chucked, then rediscovered, then tossed again, recycled etc. What you were left with was the newest record from these mom approved hooligans, appropriately self titled ‘Blackout’. In September of 2014, the band was invited to join the killer lineup of Riding Easy Records, who released the album in March 2015. The band is continuing on an upward journey to the pillar of rock and roll righteousness and is ready to take on the world. you have been warned.