The Black House
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The Black House

Newton Abbot, England, United Kingdom | INDIE

Newton Abbot, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
Band Alternative Singer/Songwriter


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Postcard From An Abandoned Hotel - Debut Album - 2008
1989 - Single - 2008
The Wasting Time EP - EP - 2010



A Beautiful Slice Of Melancholia From A Unique Band
The new EP from The Black House is the highly anticipated follow up release to their 2008 album ‘Postcard from an abandoned hotel’. The Wasting Time EP marks a significant development in the band’s sound. The song writing is still dark and delves into emotional and psychological aspects of life that most bands would shy away from, but the sound now is painted on a much broader canvas with violins, cello and full orchestration. The Wasting Time EP will appeal to fans of Nick Cave, Lou Reed, Lee Hazlewood, David Ackles, Tim Hardin and Jimmy Webb. Mastered at Abbey Road the EP has a wonderful rich sound which brings a new level to every song.
The production was heavily influenced by Lou Reed’s classic album Berlin, and this along with Pink Floyd’s The Wall were the reference points given to Abbey Road when the EP was mastered, with the exception of the radio edit of Looking For Mr Goodbar which has a contemporary ‘compressed’ sound favoured by modern broadcasters.
The Wasting Time EP signals a new chapter in the history of The Black House after a short break for writing and changes to the line up. Original members Ian Porter and Jonathan Bolton have now been joined by Lee Seagar on percussion and their sound has grown into what all members feel is what they truly want it to be.
The Black House play a unique blend of dark acoustic folk rock that has grown from all their influences and previous bands while still being clearly different to anything else. The band members live in Teignmouth and Torquay and recorded the album in their own studio in Newton Abbot with guest appearances from great musicians from as far as New York and The London Philharmonic orchestra.
The Black House have a number of gigs coming up next year as they get back on the touring circuit. The EP is already clocking up sales on Amazon and iTunes and will be available from independent record shops across the UK. The photographs that appear on the EP’s artwork and accompanying ‘collectors’ postcard set were all taken in Plymouth by Ian in the late 80’s when he was a teenager.
Note to broadcasters: Track 3 - Looking For Mr Goodbar features an explicit lyric. Track 6 - Looking For Mr Goodbar (Radio Edit) features an amended lyric and is suitable for all listeners, it is also about 2 minutes shorter featuring a truncated instrumental at the end of the song.