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Black Market Empire

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom | SELF

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom | SELF
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"Easter Hott Date Band Profile - Black Market Empire"

Right here we are the big day! Has everyone got their Easter Bonnets ready!? Some AMAZING bands to tell you about today, let’s start with Brummy boys Black Market Empire.

For the past couple of years Black Market Empire have been a good indie rock n roll band from Birmingham with a strong local following, but over the past few months they’ve evolved into something really special, writing and recording amazing new material (double A-side single Vultures/Scared Of You And I release planned May 2012 through itunes) and old favourites have been given a new lease of life.

Their new songs are so infectious people sing and dance along the first time they hear them. I can hear everyone from The Beatles to Buzzcocks, Strokes, The Who and even echos of Joe Meek’s eerie sounds in some of their new songs. Check out their set at Hott Date tonight, venue 1 at 9pm - I dare you not to dance!

***********SHHHH! Some naughty person leaked the new song onto myspace (no one goes on there anymore!) ! Have a listen here: ****************** - Hott Date

"BrumNotes presents The Lines, The Rainband, Black Market Empire & The British Kicks"

See photo for review - Brum Notes

"A Letter From Birmingham 4"

Black Market Empire come from a different spectrum of Birmingham’s love affair with the six string to Peace and Swim Deep but they are set to be swept up in the frenzy surrounding B-Town pretty soon. With their new manager Maz, they are ploughing ahead, winning hearts and minds with their throw-back sound to the anthemic and romantic days of 60s rock’n’roll. They released their double A-Side single ‘Vultures’ / ‘Scared Of You & I’ last Monday (a double A-Side is always a sign of self-confidence and good quality tunes). They told the world about it at the Adam And Eve pub with a launch party complete with support from leather-jacketed lads The Bombergs. - Clash Magazine

"The Empire Strikes Back"

Local Hearing Aid favourites Black Market Empire released their new double A sided single this week. A side, Vultures, is a rollicking drum driven other A side (my personal choice) Scared Of You And I has more of The Strokes meets The Killers in The Cavern Club feel. Lead singer Shaun’s vocal is top notch on Scared...pitched perfectly between world weary resignation (we can all relate to that right now eh?) and a desperately romantic hope for the future.

Cracking stuff. You can download the single via i-Tunes or grab a physical copy from the band - not literally...that’s’ll do time and Big Dave from B Wing will end up taking you roughly from behind in the showers - after one of their top notch live shows.

PS: Their next live gig is at Proud Galleries in Camden on August 9th. Swanky! - The Hearing Aid

"Introducing Black Market Empire Live in Birmingham"

So, for those who don’t know you, what are Black Market Empire all about?
We’re a four piece guitar band from Digbeth’s back streets. Our sound is an upbeat, aggressive, essentially British pop sound, designed and crafted to make audiences and listeners move their feet, smile like cats and raise a glass.
And how did you all first get together?
I (Shaun) put the band together when the previous band I was playing with called it a day after critical acclaim, an NME cover, a publishing deal but unfortunately an EMI record deal did not materialise. Tom and Ant I knew well from mutual friends, I was desperate to get involved in making music with them when the chance was there having been aware of their talent. Al joined the band at the back end of last year which has really took the band to a new level. I feel like we are very much a new band with a fresh sound.
Looking forward to The Lines gig?
We are all truly buzzing to play with The Lines and to be back playing on a stage where so many of our heroes have played before and a venue that can help our music reach a wider audience.
In an era of over-produced pop, it must be refreshing to see a line-up of ‘proper’ bands can still pull in the punters?
Absolutely, hopefully it will be us heading the bill in the near future at the 02 but at this moment we are very happy to be sharing the night with some proper talent.
There’s quite a classic, bluesy feel to your sound, but with a raw, modern edge – where do you draw your influences as a band?
I think that that is a fair and accurate assessment of us as a band, our influences are drew from classic bluesy and modern edgy bands.
I grew up on a diet of The Beatles and Stones after buying Oasis’s What’s the Story (Morning Glory) & Paul Weller’s Stanley Road in the same week and going back.
Our influences as a band include the above mentioned bands plusThe Clash, The Jam, The Strokes, The Libertines, The Stone Roses plus many, many more…
Tell us about the plans for the single release next month?
We’re releasing a new double sided single Vultures and Scared Of You And I on iTunes in early June. We had planned this for May but we’ve decided to make a few tweaks to the recordings. We’ve been very happy with the professional sound and quality of the recordings provided by Dave McCabe at Muther’s Studio where we rehearse.
Has it been refreshing to have a little break to just concentrate on writing and recording?
It has, it was much needed to be honest. Having recruited a new bass player has given us a fresh approach and the new songs but we can not wait to get back to doing what we do best and playing in front of big audiences.
Has it taken your music in new directions that you weren’t expecting?
I think the new songs are a staggering progression on our earlier material, possibly new directions but without losing who we are. We’ve been compared to everyone from the Buzzcocks to Joe Meek recently and we’ve been surprised by the new fans we’ve gained recently, people who previously had said they didn’t like modern indie bands have now become staunch BME fans. Local DJs who’ve played Vultures out have said the crowd have been singing and dancing along on the first play…
And what are the plans for the rest of the year?
We have a busy year planned which will include the previously mentioned single release with headlining local dates soon to be announced, followed by a national tour with the possibility of some European dates and a few festival appearances. All being well a second single to be released this year.
For those that haven’t seen you before, what can we expect on May 5?
Expect a high tempo set of sing along heartfelt catchy, guitar driven indie and a couple of decent hair cuts too…
For more information on Black Market Empire see www.facebook/blackmarketempireuk.
Brum Notes Presents The Lines with The Rainband, Black Market Empire and The British Kicks is at the O2 Academy 2, Birmingham, on Saturday, May 5. Limited number of tickets still available from here.
Join the Facebook event page here.
Photo by Damian Burcher - Brum Notes

"A Letter From Birmingham 7"

Birmingham’s love for Britpop has become apparent in recent times with Black Market Empire leading the lads onwards and upwards by throwing parties at The Victoria and Adam & Eve to name but a few. The names to check out if you are a lad or lad-ette who loves their pop sang by blokes with guitars are The British Kicks, Bipolar Bears and The Culture. Not forgetting The Van Cortlandt Rangers and Deceptions Pocket. It’s all kicking off and you are spoilt for choice. - Clash Magazine

"Introducing: Black Market Empire"

The boys in Black Market Empire have been going strong for a few years now, defining their sound and winning over crowds in Birmingham’s finest underground venues. The recent release of their new double A-side single, ‘Vultures/Scared Of You And I’ however, is them turning over a new leaf and winning over those music fans beyond Brum’s confines.
Black Market Empire have a timeless sound that is often related to the words Brit and Pop. Their sound will make fans of Miles Kane and Oasis prick their ears up. They are also a top tip for any music fans currently digging new-comers Flaming Fields and The Jacarandas.
They are a band with clear ideals, a strong image and plenty of tunes to tap every one of your ten toes to.
For an idea of their sound, listen to this snippet of ‘Vultures’, up on Soundcloud now. - Counteract Magazine

"Mark Morris"

“a superb roof raising set of classy Rock n Roll songs"...
- The Bluetones


Black Market Empire released a double 'A' side single 'Vultures/Scared Of You And I' in late 2012 and are planning an EP in early 2013.

You can buy their last single on Amaozn, iTunes, Spotify and more:



Black Market Empire are an indie rock n roll four piece from Birmingham, England and are renowned in their hometown for their storming live shows.

They have played with The Moons, The Temper Trap, Bombay Bicycle Club, Viva Brother, The Bluetones, Nine Black Alps, The Lines, Crookes, Eugene McGuinness, Steve Cradock and recently launched the opening of the new Birmingham 'Pretty Green' shop.

They have played venues across the UK including several London shows including Proud Galleries, Mother Bar @333, Suyra and more.

Comparisons to an eclectic range of influential artists have been made from The Kinks, The Beatles, Buzzcocks to Strokes to 1960's producer Joe Meek's strange sounds and more.