Composed of veteran musicians, the trio BLXPLTN is a rare sort of band: a rough-and-tumble synergy of a variety of genres and influences, socially-aware punks who are looking to make the world a better place through their music. They want to make a difference. They’re rising stars on the Austin music scene, showcased at this year’s SXSW and they played last month at the Afropunk Fest in Brooklyn, NY.
BLXPLTN take rocking beats to a whole new level of homebrewed electropunk in their debut album Black Cop Down. The drums are fierce and upfront, tempered by rough synth notes, a thrumming bass line and screeching guitars. It’s noisy, it’s dirty, and it makes your heart beat faster.
Their unique blend of electronica-tinged industrial elements combined with hardcore punk and hip-hop make BLXPLTN into a band you should definitely be listening to.
Their lyrics reflect BLXPLTN’s social consciousness, something that’s more important than ever before. Their songs are about living a life in poverty, struggling to make ends meet, of being targets by the police simply for the color of your skin. The lyrics speak of experiences not often mentioned in mainstream music, Every day / Minimum wage / Where’s my pay? / Where do I stay? (from Pressure).
The album holds together admirably, and while BLXPLTN tackles some difficult topics, overall the songs on the album are uplifting and hopeful. This is definitely an album I would recommend to friends, and it’s something that’s going on my favorites playlist.
Standout tracks: Betta Run, Blah
9 tracks, 27:23
Dropping October 14, 2014
BLXPLTN is TaSzlin Muerte (electro drums, vocals), Jonathan “Javelin” Horstmann (bass, synth, vocals), and Khattie, aka Lil K Big Q (guitar, screams).
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