Hello readers and welcome to Weekend Warriors with stoner doom metal band Black Road from Chicago, Ilinois. Founded in June of 2015, members Suzi Uzi (vocals, piano, lyrics), Tim (guitar) came together and were later joined by Robert (drums) and Casey (bass) just in time for the release of their first self-titled EP, which was released on cassette and vinyl with DHU Records. BloodRock Records (Italy) later signed Black Road for a limited-edition CD run, which was officially released the day the album went live on October 6, 2017.
BloodRock Records: https://bloodrockrecords.blogspot.com/
DHU Records: https://www.facebook.com/DHURecords/
I was able to spend some time with vocalist and founder Suzi Uzi at the Reptile Palace in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to talk about the journey down the Black Road for her and the band as well as what is to come for them in the near future.
What was the inspiration of your self-titled EP Black Road?
All of our tracks stand on their own. There was no particular concept. The music is riff inspired. So it all starts there and then we build off of it. It’s really the feeling of the music that inspires us.
Where can we see you in the future?
Doomed and Stoned Fest in Chicago, IL. Friday, June 1st (2018) and Attalla will be there as well. Otherwise, for May and June we will be focused on writing the new album, which is about halfway finished. We are hoping to finish it by the end of June.
For more on Doomed and Stoned: http://www.chicagodoomedandstonedfestival.com/
On July 2nd, we are appearing at the Empty Bottle in Chicago, IL, and October 5th we will be at the Doomed and Stoned Fest in Indianapolis at the Indiana City Beer Co. October 6th we are going to be at Reggie’s in Chicago with Mos Generator. Tony Reed of Mos Generator mixed and remastered the songs on our debut album as well as included a vintage mellotrone on the 4th track.
Check out Mos Generator as well in the link: https://www.facebook.com/MosGenerator/
I saw that you have a YouTube channel, how is that working to promote your band?
Our lyric video for “Red” was released in July of 2016 and that lead to us being signed to our first record label DHU Records the following August. We had 20,000 views in the first few days on Facebook and we are over 20,000 views on YouTube now as well. We also released a video for our track “Bloody Mary” in 2017. It contains a demo version of the track not found on our EP. It seems like it’s definitely gotten us noticed.
View Bloody Mary here! Also be sure to subscribe to their channel!
I found Black Road to be very groovy, heavy and melodic. A wide array of people in the crowd liked their music and everyone eagerly moved to the stage when it was their turn to play. Although their songs are very long (averaging 10 mins) people never grow bored and seem to never want it to end. They were all very friendly and welcoming people. I was very happy to feature them for Music Maehem. It was great to be a part of their show!
Keep a look out for my future feature on Doomed and Stoned Fest when you join Music Maehem On The Road once again for this amazing event!
Albums, EP’s and merch (featuring art by Nick Gurley, Shane Horror and Suzi Uzi) are all available for purchase now on Black Road’s bandcamp at the link below!
Nick Gurley: facebook.com/NickGurleyArtwork and @nickgurleyartwork on Instagram.
Edited by Cat Sullivan