Rock n' Roll Breakfast Show
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Rock n' Roll Breakfast Show

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | SELF | AFM

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | SELF | AFM
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The best kept secret in music


"Review of ZAPPNINBLACKs 'In My Head'"

This works for me. I very much liked the vocals, the sound is perfect for the song. It is hip and vibrant. My toes were tappin’ the whole way through. Great guitars and a great hook as well. What can I say, "For Those About To Rock We Salute You"!

Special Award: Grooviest Rhythm

Dionysus - Toronto, Ontario - Insight Publishing

"Excerpt from an article regarding Jesus Christ Supercross CD"

The normally animated Donnie Black, however, assumes an uncommonly subdued expression as he notes that the production on 'Jesus Christ Supercross', which was recorded quickly in a friend's bomb shelter, is a bit thin.

"We didn't have a big budget for the Supercross sessions, so we recorded it very quick," confesses Black. "We just wanted to get some product out there so the people at our shows could takes us home if they wanted to."

But self described music fanatic and dedicated Zappninblack fan Dale Clangston thinks Donnie Black's concerns are overstated.

"True the sound on 'Supercross' lacks the polish of a major label release," he concedes. "But, quality-wise, it's much like The Who's My Generation or The Clash's first record, and you never hear people complain about the sound on those albums."

Adds Clangston, with an intensity that confirms he's had more than one beer; "Imagine driving a nitro-fueled Formula One racer over a jagged cliff on a sunny day while eating an ice cream cone. That's the sound of Zappninblack, man!" - Attractions Publications


2000 - Self titled EP
2002 - 'Rocktoria Live CD'
2004 - 'Jesus Christ Supercross' EP
2005 - 'Greatest Shits'


Feeling a bit camera shy



1 part metal
1 part blues
1 part 70’s Arena Rock

Cutting their teeth on early Black Sabbath and Metallica tunes, Donnie and Tommy forged a tight musical bond that is more than prevalent in their music today. Add to that the smooth, legato guitar stylings and whiskey-voiced rasp of Johnny Black and you've got the goods that keep them tickin' and lickin' for all the ladies! These bad-ass rock n’ roll junkies thrive on performing live and are ready to rock in any town, any city, any country, at any time. You want rock? You want show? You want a drink? The Brothers Black; the right tool for the job.

Black History:

Formed in late 2000, the brothers from other mothers; Donnie, Johnny, and Tommy convened with a common goal of making the masses shake their asses. Their self titled first release came shortly afterwards, and upon months of rehearsal, they took their music to the people. The Blacks live show became the talk of the town and questions always arose as to what they might do next. When will their Nurse break out her Jager Cannons? How ‘bout the naughty nun and the free shirts off her back? The fire breathing bartendar? The 5’ tall box of Kraft Dinner? The only thing you knew was ya never knew. Keep ‘em guessing, and keep ‘em talking.

By 2002 local FM station CKKQ had caught wind of the happnin Zappninz selecting them to partake and appear on the Rocktoria Live CD compilation. Airplay and media support soon followed, and The Blacks took it up a notch. Amidst much radio fanfare, their live show progressed and the band independently distributed a few thousand CD’s the ensuing year. A major highlight was headlining BC’s 12 Hour Relay, which helped raise over $90 000 for kids going to summer programs. Great guys with big hearts.

Amongst steady gigging and an escalating fan base, The Blacks recorded their Jesus Christ Supercross EP during the summer of 2003. Its release coincided with that of their new 'Horn-Hand' t-shirt design, and shirt shops jumped at the opportunity to market the new logo. Extensive media coverage followed and sold-out performances abounded on the home front. By April 2004, The Blacks took their music abroad and into the USA for the first time. This tour of the American west had them performing on stages from Seattle to headling the legendary Whisky A Go-Go on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. A second nomination for 'Best Live Performance' at the 2004 VI Music Awards followed upon their arrival back home.

2005 saw The Blacks yet again introducing new characters to their live show and radical tendencies of giving every member of their audience FREE CD’s and t-shirts. Costly decisions, but these guys were for the people by the people, and nobody did it better. The year concluded with the Blacks supporting legendary rockers April Wine to their biggest audience with by far their best performnce to date, and an invitation down to Seattle to host a new years bash Zappnin Style.

2006 began with the newly ordained Reverend Donnie Black being struck down by a hit and run pick-up truck. Divine intervention and quick reflexes spared this man of the rock n’ roll cloth, yet time was indeed needed for his rest and recuperation. Now fully rehabilitated with a refreshed outlook on the rock n’ roll afterlife, The Blacks have been locked away in preproduction of their first full length CD. Their aims are high, and their sights are set in on a summer soundtrack. They've seen the future… and it looks Black.