Win: Blacklist Royals Limited Edition Cure Cover Cassette

Blacklist RoyalsNashville’s The Blacklist Royals recently released a three song cover EP of The Cure entitled Dead Time Volume One: Songs Of The Cure.

The EP, which features covers of the songs Plain Song, A Forest and Pictures of You, can be streamed here.

However, to commemorate the release, the band has done a limited edition run of Cassettes for the album. Yes, you heard me: cassettes.

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Blacklist Royals / Face To Face / Teenage Bottlerocket

Blacklist RoyalsNashville’s Blacklist Royals has announced that the band will be heading on tour with Face to Face and Teenage Bottlerocket. The band is in the midst of finishing up their next LP, Die Young With Me, which is expected to drop this summer.  The band last released Semper Liberi back in 2010 via Paper + Plastick Records.

Tour dates can be found below.  More are expected to follow.

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Tours: Face To Face / Teenage Bottlerocket / Blacklist Royals / Joshua Black Wilkins

Face To FaceLong running punk band Face To Face has announced a slew of upcoming tour dates with Teenage Bottlerocket, Blacklist Royals and Joshua Black Wilkins .  The band continues to support their recent full length, Three Chords and a Half Truth, released earlier this month via Rise Records. The record follows their 2011 album, Laugh Now Laugh Later, that was released on their own Antagonist Records.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Blacklist Royals - Liberi Semper

Blacklist Royals

Liberi Semper

Paper + Plastick Records

Rating: 4/5




Nashville TN’s Blacklist Royals couldn’t have picked a better moment in time to release their sophomore effort, Liberi Semper.  Against Me! is atop the charts bringing gritty punk rock to the masses, and the growing popularity of The Gaslight Anthem has resulted in a newfound nostalgic love for all things Bruce Springsteen.  Liberi Semper amalgamates all of the above, offering a really solid reminder as to why we’ve come to love and embrace these emerging icons.

Unlike many bands simply testing the waters and flowing with the currents, Blacklist Royals sounds completely genuine in their approach, turning out tunes that simply couldn’t go unsung.  The first several tracks find the band diving right in a letting lose with some feverous drunken energy.  “No Looking Back” wastes little time kicking off to a celebratory display of American rock n’ roll spirit, grounded in the lively hum of short organ keys and vocalist Nate’s youthful sense of battered worldliness.  It’s a combination just begging for a Rancid comparison.  In fact, even the sing along chorus and title sharing phrase of “Howling At The Moon” sounds like something that could easily pass as a Tim Armstrong sung classic (minus the mouth full of marbles).  Other tracks, like “White Line Forever,” get a little harder to nail down, but vocally lend themselves to a weathered Nothington comparison.

Around the midway mark Liberi Semper begins a subtle evolution, shifting from their punkier persona over to a nostalgia driven recollection of emerging Americana.  Many critics lump Blacklist Royals loosely in with folk punk, and while I think that’s a stretch, these tracks certainly make for a convincing argument.  Upon hitting that half way mark a steady ballroom piano (think Kings Of Nuthin’), intermittently plucked acoustic guitar, and brief violin cameo on “Tennessee Blues” take over.  And then there’s the loose acoustic studio number “Drive On.”  Relying on a simple hand-clap for rhythm, this tight little ditty has all the fire of a band on the road – celebrating within the confines of their cab without audience as they travel tirelessly between venues: it captures the essence of a very personal performance and speaks to the strength of the band as a unit.  A few tracks later, in “Jolie Blonde,” they build on this grassroots feel and even haul out some bagpipes for a fantastic celtic fusion circa Flatfoot 56.

With Liberi Semper Blacklist Royals has turned out a diverse collection of punked up tunes that really rock – in many, many ways.  And while all this variety might sound overbearing, Blacklist Royals holds everything together with a sound distinctly their own.  I’ll admit, sometimes they wear their influences on their sleeve overly so – the opening on “Love The Back Seat” sounds as if ripped right from The Gaslight Anthem’s “Old White Lincoln” – but they never suffer for it.  Instead, they adeptly control their influences, rather than the other way around.

Their previous album, Six Strings, was good, but Liberi Semper is a new career high, and one that Blacklist Royals will have to work hard to top.  One of this year’s essentials.

Blacklist Royals Presents Contest With NIght Owl Merch

Blacklist RoyalsBlacklist Royals has announced that they with launching a contest with Night Owl Merch.  Fans can enter the contest by making a purchase from the online merch shop.  They will also receive a free download of a song from the band’s Europe-only rarities EP Graveyard Shifts, which is set to drop via Gunner Records. Different prize packs include:

– Signed copies of Semper Liberi and Graveyard Shifts on colored vinyl and CD
– Signed copies of all three colors of the Brothers And Sisters flexi-disc
– Signed copy of the Six Strings 7″ which is now out of print
– A guestlist spot to any show in 2012 including our show at The Fest
– A European tour shirt and Blacklist Royals tote bag

The band is currenty in the studio with producer Matt Yonker at Drastic Sounds in Nashville, TN recording their formal full-length follow-up to 2011’s  Semper Liberi (Paper + Plastick Records).

Tours: Blacklist Royals

Blacklist RoyalsNashville’s Blacklist Royals are hitting the road this weekend for a ten day tour.

The first few dates are will Face to Face on their Ignorance is Bliss Tour, followed by a short Canadian tour with The Snips around Pouzza Fest. The dates are below.

They are currently supporting their new two song single “Brothers & Sisters” that just came out in limited edition flexi-disk on Folsom Records, Trever Keith from Face to Face’s new label.  

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Blacklist Royals Added To Shirts For A Cure SXSW showcase

Blacklist RoyalsBlacklist Royals have announced that they will be playing the outside stage of the Shirts For A Cure SXSW showcase scheduled for this Friday at Red 7 Nightclub.  Other bands set to appear include Hot Water Music, Braid, Anti-Flag, Comeback Kid, Such Gold, and more.

The show will take place at 611 E 7th St in Austin, TX, and begins at noon.

Blacklist Royals To Share Split With Street Dogs; Offering B-Side For Free Download

Blackslist RoyalsPaper + Plastick Records has announced that the label will be releasing a split EP featuring Blacklist Royals and Street Dogs later this year.  The EP will feature two brand new songs from both bands, but fans can get their hands on one of Blacklist Royals’ b-side from the recording sessions now over on AltPress.  The song is titled “Golden Hands” and is available here. Blacklist Royals drummer Rob Rufus comments on the song:

“We are really proud of the song… it branches out in a new direction for us a bit, both musically and topically, so we’re all really happy people can check it out for free! It gives people no excuse not to at least give it a chance.”

The band is currently part of the Vans Warped Tour, although as Rufus asserts, the band has a long history with the annual event:

“We first did Warped Tour right when the band formed in 2006 playing to the entrance line and hustling CDs to kids in the crowd… so it is really amazing to be an actual part of the tour now, and as exhausted as we are from doing it in a van we could never take the step up for granted. It has been a really amazing way for us to reach new, different fans. Our road crew, the tour staff and Kia Stage crew are all great. Plus we get to watch Against Me, Street Dogs, Sharks, The Exposed, Less Than Jake, and Lucero every day. Not a bad way to spend a fucking summer!!!”

The band continues supporting their latest full length, Semper Liberi.




Tours: Blacklist Royals (Europe)

Blacklist RoyalsNashville’s Blacklist Royals will be heading over to Europe this spring for an extensive tour to support the release of their new album, Semper Liberi.

Semper Liberi was released on LP/digital download via the band’s new home, Paper + Plastick and has now been released in Europe on Gunner Records.

The band recently released a video Things They Say/ Drive On; it can be seen here.

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Video: Blacklist Royals Things They Say/Drive On

The Blacklist RoyalsThe good folks at have premiered a brand new double song music video for Nashville, TN’s Blacklist Royals.  The video opens with “Things They Say,” and concludes three minutes and fifty two seconds later with “Drive On.”  Both songs come from the group’s 2010 Paper + Plastick Records debut, Semper Liberi.

The video can be watched below.

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Blacklist Royals Schedule Live Chat

The Blacklist RoyalsBlacklist Royals have scheduled a new live video chat with their fans to take place in the coming days before Christmas.  The chat will take place on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 6pm PT/9pm ET.  The band continues supporting their Paper + Plastick Records debut, Liberi Semper, released earlier this year.

The chat will be viewable here.

Video: The Blacklist Royals Live at CJLO Studios (With A New Song)

The Blacklist RoyalsNashville’s Blacklist Royals recently perform a brand new track called “Bound and Drawn” live in the CJLO Studios in Montreal, Quebec for the “Hooked on Sonics” radio program. Along with the new track, the band also performed Jolie Blonde, Twenty Six and Gone and Drive On from their latest album, Semper Liberi which was released this past May on Paper + Plastick Records.

Videos of all the songs can be seen below; while MP3s of the performances can be downloaded here.

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Tours: Blacklist Royals / Orphan Choir Add Select Dates

The Blacklist RoyalsAs previously reported, Blacklist Royals and Orphan Choir will be heading out on tour in the coming month and taking place in this year’s KOI Music Festival, based out of Ontario.  In addition to taking part in this year’s FEST (October), they have added a couple new US dates onto the previously Canadian excluive tour.  Blacklist Royals are currently supporting their Paper + Plastick debut, Semper Liberi.

Check out the full tour schedule below.

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Tours: Blacklist Royals / Orphan Choir (Ontario)

The Blacklist RoyalsLeading up to this year’s KOI Music Festival in Kitchener, Ontario, Blacklist Royals will be hitting the road with Windsor, ON’s Orphan Choir for a week of dates in September. The dates are below.

Blacklist Royals are supporting their recent Paper and Plastick debut Semper Liberi, while Orphan Choir released their self-titled debut in 2009.

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Tours: Blacklist Royals / Nothington

The Blacklist RoyalsThe Blacklist Royals will once again be hitting the road to support their debut album, Semper Liberi, for Paper + Plastick.

This next round of shows starts out with the band sharing dates with Nothington. The dates are below.

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Hurley Streaming Blacklist Royals

The Blacklist RoyalsHurley’s weekend music stream is now featuring The Blacklist Royals’ freshly released Paper + Plastick debut, Semper Liberi.  It should be up for the weekend, so check it out while you still can.

Steam to the album here.

Tours: The Riot Before with The Blacklist Royals, Nothington, Heartsounds

The Riot BeforeA collection of heavy hitters have announced that they will be teaming up with The Riot Before for the band’s upcoming tour. The Riot Before will be hitting the road for a variety of West and South Coast tour dates and will be sharing the stage with notable acts The Blacklist Royals, Nothington, and Heartsounds.

Check out the tour dates below.

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Video: Blacklist Royals – American Hearts (Official)

The Blacklist RoyalsBlacklist Royals has released the official video for the first single off of their recently released album, Semper Liberi, on Paper + Plastick Records.  The track is “American Hearts” and is the follow-up to Monday’s teaser video.

Check out the video below.

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Videos: Blacklist Royals – American Hearts (Alternate Cut)

The Blacklist RoyalsPaper + Plastick‘s Blacklist Royals have released a comedic alternate take on their upcoming music video for the track “American Hearts.”  The track comes from the album Semper Liberi, due to drop tomorrow.  The “real” version of the video will be premiering tomorrow on BlackTV, so stay tuned.

Check out the video below.

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Exclusives: The Blacklist Royals – Things They Say

The Blacklist RoyalsOn May 25th, The Blacklist Royals will release their Paper + Plastick Records debut album, Semper Liberi, on vinyl and digital download. While you may not be eagerly anticipating the album yet, you should be because The Blacklist Royals are a band that will be making waves for quite some time.

Imagine if you can a bit of Rancid‘s SoCal punk mixed alongside Mike Ness vocal sensibilities all supported by the hook-ladened melodies of The Hold Steady – that is The Blacklist Royals and their album Semper Liberi is the album that will push the band to the forefront of everyone’s conciousness.

Today we’re pleased to bring you an exclusive stream of the eleventh track on the album, Things They Say. Take a listen to the track below and make sure to catch them on tour throughout all of May with Greenland Is Melting and The Coffee Project.

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The Blacklist Royals: Howling At The Moonlight

The Blacklist RoyalsNashville, TN’s The Blacklist Royals have leaked the track “Howling At The Moonlight” from their upcoming debut album Semper Liberi, scheduled for release May 25th on Paper + Plastick.

To celebrate today (4/20), the band is also giving away their recipe for “Weed Shine.” Head over to to listen to the new song and learn how to make your own batch of “Weed Shine.”

The band is also giving away a download of their song “Church Bells Are Ringing” and asking for donations to help raise money for the families affected by the recent Upper Big Branch Coal Mine tragedy in West Virginia. You can get more information on that here.

Blacklist Royals Charity Download

The Blacklist RoyalsNashville, TN’s The Blacklist Royals are giving away a download of their song “Church Bells Are Ringing” and asking for donations to help raise money for the families affected by the recent Upper Big Branch Coal Mine tragedy in West Virginia. You can head over to the Paper + Plastick website to download the song and make a donation.

The band had this to say about the song and why they want to help the families:

“I wrote this song when we were in the studio recording “Semper Liberi,” so we decided to lay it down and throw it on the album as a secret track. It’s about the Sago Mine disaster that happened a few years ago in West Virginia. Thirteen people died, and to make things worse, in all the confusion the media initially reported that twelve of them had survived when really only one had made it out with his life. I based the song on the survivor’s account of what happened and on my own personal experience watching it all unfold on television.

Rob, Alex, and I all have family from West Virginia and I lived there for most of my life. In light of the tragedy at the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine, we thought we should put this song up for charity download to try and contribute to the money being raised to help aid the families of the most recent victims of an industry which has always unapologetically put profit and productivity far before the safety of their workers. Even the smallest contribution helps, and believe me, these people need all they can get.”

The band previously leaked three new songs, “California” via Reax Magazine and “American Hearts” & “Rock N Roll” on their MySpace page. All three songs come from the band’s upcoming album Semper Liberi, which will be released on vinyl and digital download May 25th via Paper + Plastick.

Tours: Blacklist Royals, Greenland is Melting, and Coffee Project

Paper + Plastick RecordsMembers of the Paper + Plastick label announced they are touring the east coast together for some upcoming shows. Blacklist Royals, Greenland is Melting, and Coffee Project will begin at Wilmington, North Carolina’s Radfest which also features Toys That Kill and Rehasher.

The full list of dates/venues can be found below and click here to find out  more about Radfest.

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Blacklist Royals Post Two New Songs

Paper + Plastick RecordsNashville, TN’s Blacklist Royals have posted two songs and the cover artwork for Semper Liberi, their debut album for Paper + Plastick Records.

You can currently stream “American Hearts” and “Rock N Roll” over at the band’s MySpace page.