„With eyes wide shut we focus on the good things.“
BLACKOUT PROBLEMS, a three-piece rock band from Munich, Germany, take their lyrics seriously. The various good things that already happened to Marcus, Mario and Michael proof this to be true.
A debut record (“LIFE”) that went straight to the top of the online reader's chart of the well known music magazine VISIONS, more than 65.000 plays on the band’s YouTube channel and a growing fan base in Germany & Austria are the results of the band’s hard work over the last few years. With “LIFE” released in April 2012 on the label My Redemption Records (Distributed by CARGO, Published by Two Louder/BMG) Blackout Problems made their first musical statement that combines their inspirations and influences that lie somewhere between hardcore and pop music. In other words, the loudest band at an indie show and the softest at a hardcore concert, still going strong at both events reaching the audience with their authentic performance.
The 14 songs on the album deal with the life of young adults in an urban setting and critically draw attention to topics that concern growing up in modern society. Visualizing their message the band released a video for the single “Empty Hands” in June 2012. Along with a group of young people spreading the Blackout Problems’ logo throughout a city, members of the band EMIL BULLS appear on the video, giving a hint to their upcoming tour in November 2012. However before Blackout Problems joined the Emil Bulls Oceanic Part 3 Tour through Germany and Austria, they left for their first headlining tour, which took them to Russia and Ukraine. While playing in these eastern countries the band experienced a great response from audiences in cities they have never been to. Touring adventures didn’t seem to end after Marcus, Mario and Michael came back home from their final tour show in Moscow. A week later they took the chance to support Emil Bulls, playing their biggest shows to date.
For the three guys these successful tours were reasons to celebrate but not a reason to rest. In the following three months the band played several shows in Germany, Austria and recorded “TWENTYFOURSEVEN”, their first acoustic EP. The CD is a mixture of unplugged versions of recent tracks that were released on LIFE and two brand new songs. As a reaction to the current state of the music industry Marcus, Mario and Michael decided to produce the EP completely by themselves. No label was involved or thought of while creating the EP. From recording the songs to producing the self-made jewel cases, the whole project was DIY (“Do It Yourself”) work, as can be witnessed on a 30 minute documentary.
The single “Home” has been an unexpected success for the band as the video hit 3.000 plays in the first five days and the Austrian radio station FM4 plays the song on their daily rotation. Even the music TV channel VIVA and GoTV plays the video for the single in their rotation. At the moment Blackout Problems are working on new songs for their second record, which promises to be different. No second LIFE and no continuation of TWENTYFOURSEVEN.
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