Indietronic outfit Blackhackr agreed to an interview. Of sorts. Here it is. All out of sorts.
1. What is Blackhackr?
Like most modern music, Blackhackr is best described in terms of a recipe.
- Take three to four living humans. It’s important they start off alive for this recipe. Discard any deceased humans you may have picked up inadvertently when foraging. Dead humans are no good. They taste bitter and will spoil the whole dish.
- Simmer the humans with the rhythm mechanics of world music and the darkest honesty of blues and folk until intensely grainy. When ready, they should resemble an Oxo cube made of charred flesh and granite.
- It is essential at this point to offset the acridity of Blackhackr with a powerfully gentle aromatic herb. Grate the seeds of the Mescal Bean Tree into the mix at this point.
- Crumble the residual grimey mixture into the reanimated, ever-living corpse of rock ‘n’ roll. Watch the corpse’s eyes. The corpse will understand. But! Don’t make eye contact!
- Find a number of power sockets for the humans, which are hopefully still living, despite their traumatic ordeal. Note that Blackhackr usually need about 7 power sockets to make all the equipment work.
- Stand back. Stand well back.
- Listen. With ears.
2. Why is there a Blackhackr? What makes Blackhackr essential?
Moving away from the recipe metaphor, Blackhackr make music that is an unholy juxtaposition of electronic sounds.
Blachcrackr range all the way from decades-old uncleared samples, massive ‘90s electro-synth, surf rock guitar whilst somehow squeezing in something resembling a new wave rhythm section.
In laymen’s terms, Blackhackr are an expansive-sounding electro-rock (indietronic) band.
Simpler still, one could compare Blackhackr to various bands from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, even the noughties. Blackhackr definines the ‘10s:
- Post-rock histrionic guitar work? Yeah!
- Zooming, booming post-punk distorted bass melodies? You bet!
- Brave-but-beautiful world music drum loops, deep boom kicks and live percussion? Come on!
Edgily pop friendly yet somewhat progressive. Rather considered. They like to read. Blackhackr feel like they know what they’re doing. Of course, in the music business, knowing what you’re doing is technically impossible so none of us believe blackhackr.
3. Why do I keep seeing the word Blackhackr? Is it a typo? Did they drop the ‘e’ on purpose?
Sometimes dropping an ‘e’ is essential to appreciate the wider picture of reality. Or obscure it.
4. Are Blackhackr going to be huge?
What, like fill stadiums?
The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury?
It’s already written in the stars.
5. What else are Blackhackr working on?
Fortunately, due to their independence and the trust placed in them by Futureproof Records, they have a few other projects in the offing:
- graphic novel
- novelty number 1 pop single
- road movie
- easter egg