CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THE PREMIERE OF THE TITLE-TRACK “BLACK CROSS. BLACK SHIELD” VIA CMJ!
Following Bohannons‘ previous two efforts (the Steve Albini-produced debut EP Days of Echo and their critically-acclaimed 2012 album Unaka Rising) the Chattanooga, TN-based foursome will be releasing their sophomore studio full-length, Black Cross. Black Shield this March (via This Is American Music).
On it, brothers Marty and Matt Bohannon & company deliver an intense, highly-charged platter that incorporates punk, metal and southern roots music into a heavy and heady melting pot of sounds and styles. The often thundering calamity that charges through these 10 tracks provide the perfect backdrop to the equally heavy subject matter. The album delves into heartbreak (“Love Stunt”), loss of loved ones through both suicide (“Darkest Night”) & terminal illness (“Death and Texas”), ghosts (“Lightning and Thunder”), corporate insurance greed (“Black Cross. Black Shield”) and inhumanities toward immigrants (“Dias de las Muertas”). Yet there are also songs that not only face death with a certain fearlessness (“Cold Rag”), but also finds the band second-lining headfirst into the Apocalypse on the closing metal dirge (“Red, White, Black and Pale”).
“There is a theme to this album,” Marty explains, “and it’s not death. It’s the beauty of death and memorializing the departed with electricity and force.”
Bohannons’ Black Cross. Black Shield will be available through This Is American Music March 31st on CD, vinyl and digital formats.
U.S. tour dates to be announced soon.
Marty Bohannon (rhythm guitar & vocals)
Matt Bohannon (lead guitar & vocals)
Mike Gaut (drums)
Billy C. Robinson (bass)
… AND ARE JOINED ON BLACK CROSS. BLACK SHIELD BY:
Josh Beaver (bass)
Nick Sterchi (drums)
James Leg (piano and Fender Rhodes)
Nikki Ellis and Mary Higgins (backing vocals)
Jimbo Mathus (harmonica)
HERE’S WHAT PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY BEEN SAYING ABOUT BOHANNONS’ BLACK CROSS. BLACK SHIELD:
“… stomps out with thick Dixie riffs and moonshine barrel drums…there’s a British Sabbath slab of beef in its guts too, mainly via singer Marty Bohannon’s snide snarl. We’re not just talking trucks and shots of whiskey here. On the album, they can get faster and looser in turns. And the recording doesn’t get bogged down in any spoilsome tricks, so it feels fresh enough. But overall, yup, this is your morning cup of fringe ‘n’ long locks rock.” – CMJ
“… a beautiful mess of rock and roll that commands your attention.” – DIFFUSER.FM
“Caught somewhere between Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Black Sabbath you have the Bohannons. The Chattanooga band dishes out tunes that are loaded with sludgy guitars, distortion and a hint of Southern soul. Their album Unaka Rising was the best damn record to come out of 2012 and from the sound of things to come [Black Cross. Black Shield] 2015 is going to be a damn good year for the band.” – ATLANTA LIVE MUSIC EXAMINER
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