Blacktop Mojo have premiered a new video for their song “Signal’s Gone.” This track is from the band’s latest EP “Static.” Matt James commented:
“All too often today, people have the option of not having the hard conversations with the people in their lives because we no longer have to do it face to face. It is much easier to “ghost” someone, and let a relationship fade in time with no real closure than it is to look that person in the eye and say, ‘This isn’t working.'”
On the heels of their awesome album “Under The Sun,” Blacktop Mojo are back with more killer music in the form of a four-track EP titled “Static.” The effort, which will be released on May 29, kicks off with “The End,” an emotional track that offers the listener a sense of catharsis. This trend continues as “Watch Me Drown” and “Leave It Alone” break in with the kind of soulfulness one would expect from the band. “Leave It Alone,” which stands out as one of the highlights of the EP, is especially soul-stirring. That song leads into the closing track “Signals Gone,” which wraps everything up with one last display of blusey rock with honest lyrics. All in all, “Static” is another great collection of music from a band that never disappoints.
Blacktop Mojo have premiered a new song titled “Watch Me Drown.” This track is from the band’s new EP “Static,” which will be released on May 29.
Matt James commented:
“This song was written at a mental valley in my life. I was in my head all the time. I was angry. I was depressed. I felt like I was obviously down in the dumps and couldn’t understand why no one could see that I was in pain. The thing is though through that whole time, I never reached out for help. I bottled up those feelings and became angrier and angrier at everyone else for not being able to read my mind. I was a nightmare to be around. Eventually it got to a breaking point.
Luckily I live in a house with my band, who are around me day in and day out, who eventually said something to me (probably along the lines of ‘Hey you’re being a dick all the time lately. What the hell is going on, dude?’)
Never be afraid or ashamed to reach out to those around you, or to a professional if you’re having trouble. We all need help sometimes. You might think you can eat an entire pizza by yourself, but if you do, you’ll most likely get sick. Always share that pizza.”
Blacktop Mojo have premiered a new song titled “The End.” This track is from the band’s new EP “Static,” which will be released on May 29. In addition to “The End,” that effort will also feature: “Watch Me Drown,” “Leave It Alone,” and “Signal’s Gone.”
Matt James said the following about “The End”:
“The song was written after a break up. We had just gotten the opportunity of a lifetime and the break up had occurred a few days prior to us receiving the news. When we went in to rehearse that day it occurred to me that that person who had been there for many of the band’s ups and downs, would no longer be sharing in those ups and downs with me. That thought put my chest in a vice grip.
The guys started playing what came to be this song and I took all the anger and mixed up feelings I had about the whole thing, and the first thing I yelled into the microphone was the first verse and chorus of this song. I’ve never quite had anything pour out of me like that. When the guys stopped playing, though, I felt like a huge weight had lifted off of my shoulders. Like I had taken the first step in pulling myself out of my funk and started walking towards the things that were to come. I hope that anyone listening that’s struggling with some darkness of their own might glean some sort of catharsis from yelling along to it as well.”
Blacktop Mojo have announced an early 2020 U.S. tour. You can find the dates for that run below.
01/30 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar and Grill
01/31 Gallup, NM – The Juggernaut
02/01 Tucson, AZ – Encore
02/03 Anaheim , CA – The Parish at HOB
02/05 Fresno, CA – Strummer’s
02/06 Reno, NV – The Saint
02/07 Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar & Billiards
02/08 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
02/10 Portland, OR – Dante’s
02/11 Seattle, WA – Substation
02/12 Boise, ID – The Olympic
02/14 Denver, CO – Streets Denver
02/15 Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge
02/16 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
02/18 Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s Reverb
02/19 Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s Live Music
02/20 Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma City Limits
02/21 Fort Worth, TX – The Rail Club
02/22 Jacksonville, TX – River Run ATV Park
02/23 San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
02/26 Houston, TX – Studio at Warehouse Live
02/27 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
02/28 Lubbock, TX – Jakes Sports Cafe
02/29 Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
Blacktop Mojo and Otherwise have announced a co-headlining tour. Lullwater and Kirra will serve as support.
10/28 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
10/29 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
10/31 Kansasville, WI – 1175
11/01 Green Bay, WI – The Distillery
11/02 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
11/03 Kansas City, MO – Aftershock
11/05 Joliet, IL – The Forge
11/06 Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
11/08 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
11/09 West Peoria, IL – Crusens Farmington Road
11/10 Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache
11/13 Joplin, MO – Guitars Rock N’ Country Bar
11/15 Lakewood, OH – Winchester
11/16 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
11/17 Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
11/20 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
11/21 Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents
11/22 Lancaster, PA – The Lizard Lounge
11/23 Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger
11/24 Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
11/26 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Purgatory)
11/27 Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
Blacktop Mojo’s new album “Under The Sun” will be released on Friday (September 13) and I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity to listen to it early.
The effort busts right out of the gate with “Lay It On Me,” a hard rocking track that lets the listener know that the band are not messing around. Between the powerful, soulful vocals, the masterful riffing, and the killer drum work, you’re hooked right from the start. This trend continues as “Set It Free” breaks in before transitioning into the catchy “Come Get Your Coat.”
As you continue to move through the record, you really don’t want it to end, because every song is as killer as the last. Each one has it’s own flair and it doesn’t really matter if you’re listening to a bluesy number like “It Won’t Last” or a hard-hitting track like “All Mine Now,” because you’re in for a treat either way.
This is true all the way up to the end when the infectious title track kicks in. The song is a perfect closer that offers everything that fans have come to love from the group. In fact, it’s so infectious that the listener will inevitably press play once again at its conclusion.
All in all, “Under The Sun” is an incredible piece of art that has the potential to take Blacktop Mojo to new heights in the rock world.