The Blackline
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The Blackline

Alpharetta, Georgia, United States | SELF

Alpharetta, Georgia, United States | SELF
Band Alternative Rock


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The Blackline have released one single and two EPs:

"Killer" single - August 21, 2007
"Curb the Fever" EP - January 2008
"The Dark Side of Glamour" EP - January 2009

We will be heading back into the studio to record again in December of 2010.

8/2/07 - Furman University Theatre
10/4/07 - House Party
10/28/07 - House Party
12/19/07 - House Party
2/1/08 - CHS Talent Show
3/20/08 - Coca Cola Roxy-Benefit for Darfur
3/21/08 - CHS Spring Fest
3/22/08 - House Party
3/29/08 - Jay's Basement Battle of the Bands-2nd Place
5/10/08 - Jay's Basement
5/24/08 - House Party (Backyard Bash '08)
7/31/08 - Hogue Auditorium (Acoustic)
8/30/08 - Jay's Basement
11/15/08 - Jay's Basement
11/28/08 - Club Sparx
11/29/08 - Club Sparx
12/10/08 - Swayze's
12/13/08 - Jay's Basement
1/16/09 - Club Sparx
2/6/09 - Club Sparx
3/14/09 - Jay's Basement
4/18/09 - Parson's Run Clubhouse
5/1/09 - House Party
5/9/09 - Jay's Basement
5/15/09 - The Roll House
5/16/09 - The Uptown Loft
6/13/09 - Gorilla Productions Battle of the Bands Round 1 at the Vinyl (FIRST PLACE)
6/26/09 - The Scene
7/18/09 - Music Matters (Backyard Bash '09)
8/23/09 - Redlight Cafe
11/7/09 - Gorilla Productions Battle of the Bands Round 2/Finals at the Loft (FIRST PLACE)
12/5/09 - The Masquerade
1/30/10 - Jay's Basement
5/21/10 - Alphapalooza
6/4/10 - North River Tavern
7/10/10 - Skatefest @ One Eighty Venue
7/30/10 - The Masquerade
9/10/10 - The Masquerade



The idea for The Blackline was conceived on a northbound subway train in London, England in December of 2006. Matt Herrin and John Restivo were just two sixteen-year-old brats from the suburbs in Alpharetta, Georgia on a school field trip for the marching band to play in the New Years Day parade. The two boys bonded over nagging girlfriends, mutual friends, and a newfound love for London and all its beauty. As soon as they finished their brief overseas travels, they returned home and began writing together on cheap guitars and starter drum kits.
As they started their junior year of high school, they met future guitarist Magnus Fain in their U.S. history class. Magnus, who took them deep into the world of indie-rock and dance-punk bands, was a perfect match for the band. After bouts with two other bassists, the band settled on John's younger brother Vinny to take on the task of bass guitar. The first EP, "Curb the Fever" was written that year.

Our influences include Arctic Monkeys, We Are Scientists, the Hives, The Killers, Bloc Party, Kings of Leon, Does it Offend You, Yeah?, Tokyo Police Club, and the Strokes. What sets us apart from other bands in our area is the fact that we are an indie rock band in a scene dominated by the emo and screamo genre. We are a breath of fresh oxygen in an area suffocated by the stale air of tired metal bands. We may be young, but we are extremely ambitious. We combine a dance-punk sound with a somewhat embittered attitude of the suburbs we came from. All band members contribute lyrics about finally escaping both the trap of adolescence and the prison cell of the town we came from. The Blackline prides itself on its live performance, having shared stages with Neon Trees, Inward Eye, Nico Vega, Gringo Star, The Drownout, Death on Two Wheels, the Rocketboys, My Other Friend, and the Toadies. Live performances almost always end with somewhat destroyed drum equipment, feet tangled in cables, and an audience thoroughly satisfied and tired from dancing with the band. The Blackline treats every show and every song as a privelege - both for themselves and for the audience.