Black Poets, i.e., the post-punk quartet of Gerard LeCain (vocals, lyrics, guitar), Stephen J. Good (guitar), Billy Randall (bass), and Ben Muckenschnabl (drums), bring with them the appeal of boys in leather jackets playing ’80s new wave. Having cut the record almost entirely using vintage analogue technology to remain authentic has given these young Londonders some personal originality. Their sound blends the darkness of Joy Division and The Chameleons with traditional New York City dance music, soaring guitars, and stark baritone vocals about loves lost and alienation.
The band’s debut album Innocents And Thieves will be released in May and was produced and engineered by Pete Abbott (Editors / Guillemots / Athlete / Spiritualized) and mastered by John Davis (White Lies / Bloc Party / Kaiser Chiefs). Fans of Interpol, She Wants Revenge, Editors, and White Lies should give it a listen.