Boston indie-rock outfit BLACKOUT BALTER have just released their newest single, “ Goodbye Cambridge ” featuring Dave Keuning of The Killers , via Pancakes & Whiskey who eloquently described the track as, “A sharp synth beat and rhythmic guitars, the dreamy vocals draw us in and as soon as we’re comfortable, the tempo changes abruptly; hinting at strife and change, but in the best way possible. Goodbye Cambridge is the perfect song for the beginning of the summer.” The track immediately explodes into a catchy anthemic pop melody whose acoustic break sets itself up for a dynamic ending, featuring cello work from Dave Keuning.
Both “Goodbye Cambridge” and “Heavy Hand” are part of Blackout Balter’s debut release, TWIST AND BEND (out July 8th) . The record was recorded at The Killers’ famed personal Las Vegas recording studio, Battle Born Studios. The conglomerate was the result of a bold move by Blackout Balter frontman Phil Cohen, who slipped Keuning one of his band’s demos.
Grammy -nominated Keuning was so captivated by their sound that he opted to play guitar and cello on three songs on the record. “We were just hoping that Dave liked the demos. When we were put in touch with Robert Root (who produced and mixed The Killers and Imagine Dragons), he dug the songs and offered to produce. It was all very surreal. There we were in Vegas, at The Killers’ studio, with Dave, with Root, banging on The Killers’ instruments to make our music. I’ll never forget being in the studio and the four of us in the band just looking at each other, thinking, ‘Is this really happening?’” The result is an electrifying 6-song release of punk-dusted alt.rock and synth-drenched flourishes.
“There’s really no one like Dave, says Cohen. “He’s an amazing artist, but – most importantly – he’s an amazing guy. After arriving in Vegas and heading over to Battle Born Studios, I remember looking out the window and thinking, ‘Man, I really hope Dave shows up!’ Sure enough, a few minutes later, Dave arrives carrying a big cello that literally says, ‘Old German Cello’ on the case. When we started working on ‘Heavy Hand,’ I was amazed with how quickly things came together. The first run-through of the song was near-perfect, and I couldn’t hold back my excitement. I remember saying something like, ‘Did you just pull that solo out of your ass?’ Dave said something like, ‘I started humming melodies over the song, then I had a good idea of what I wanted to do on the guitar.’ It was all very surreal.”
Blackout Balter’s roots can be traced back to 2014, when Cohen met drummer Chris Dorsey at a neighborhood block party. A mutual love of ‘70s underground rock led to an exchange of demos and within weeks, the two were in a studio working on songs that would eventually become Twist and Bend. They completed their lineup after finding keyboardist/guitarist/Ivy League grad Misha Kostandov and bassist Amelia Gormley, a Berklee College of Music grad and a founding member of the band New Highway Hymnal.
Blackout Balter is Philip Cohen (Vocals/Guitar), Chris Dorsey (Drums/Percussion),Amelia Gormley (Bass/Vocals) and Misha Kostandov (Keys/Guitar).