Murderer is the first single off Blackout Problems upcoming third album Dark which will be released on January 15th of 2021. On Murderer the band shows that anger has to be transformed
Writing a song called Murderer but ending with the words L.O.V.E For Everybody, you need to be a band that is aware of certain circumstances. First, political activism and criticism of the system is necessary to protect human lives. Second, the world is a networked community that shares universal feelings of anger, confusion and compassion. And thirdly, a four-and-a-half-minute progression of pain to compassion, from a single voice to a full-band chorus, can be a tool to channel just that.
This anger is one that is fueled by resentment about the state of our modern society which seems incapable – despite all the warnings that history and science have shown us – of creating a peaceful and sustainable place to exist. As justified as this anger is, the process of transformation which you can hear and feel throughout Muderer is equally as important. From pain to compassion, from a single voice to a chorus that is echoed throughout society!
The fact that the sound of Murderer is almost fundamentally different from Blackout Problems’ previous output is by no means due to the new international orientation, but rather to a fundamental characteristic of the band. «We write about our lives. So we do not run the risk of writing a song twice. Things can be similar or have the same origins, but nothing will ever be the same. In the end, the only constant is change. 2020 proved that already in June».
That approach was a significant key for the impressive transformation the band have shown since their debut release to now. With Dark, Blackout Problems have created a work that captures the weltschmerz of a generation and gives a voice to those who are not tired of fixed structures and destructive thinking patterns that have long since been overcome, to fight and stand up for love, respect and social justice.
Dark Pop is the balancing act between clean and distorted, between analogue and digital, between condemning and uniting, which Blackout Problems – founded in 2012 and consisting of Mario Radetzky (vocals, guitar), Marcus Schwarzbach (bass, vocals), Michael Dreilich (drums) and Moritz Hammrich (guitar, vocals) – dares to do. A balancing act that seems to bring the tensions of contemporary ‘black and white’ debates and genre-spanning diversity to its dizzying pinnacle. The Shape of Pop to come?
In an analogy where the band is the home where the members live, they collectively decided in 2014 to grow organically on their own, taking on board the responsibility for their destiny and choosing against overtaxing their own cosmos, despite the possibilities of growth they could have received early on from a major deal.
Under their independently founded label, the band released (besides a handful of singles and EPs) the albums Holy (2016) and Kaos (2018), which entered the official German album charts – the latter even climbed to position 25. Most recently, they completed a forty-date European tour as support act to Royal Republic, followed by their first own international tour with nine performances in England, France, Holland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria and Switzerland. This led to the band reaching new heights on their own terms, which meant they were in a position to enter a partnership to access more extensive resources by signing with Sony Music label RCA.