We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Black Adidas’ new self-titled album (listen below), which is scheduled to be officially released on January 26, 2018. You can pre-order the album here.
A message from Black Adidas’ Courtney Ranshaw can be read below.
“Going into this project, I really wanted to focus on punk rock songwriting that is sometimes missing in what I hear these days. Solid, relatable, well-crafted songs that you can connect with. I’ve always believed there is a difference between music and songs, and while there’s a ton of great punk rock out there, there aren’t always a ton of good punk rock songs. Bands like the Clash and the Replacements, they could take you on a journey with them. They could address social issues at the same time they could be intricately personal. That’s the kind of songwriting I’ve tried to assemble with this record. Some songs are personal songs, some songs are political and some are simply stories told through the medium of song. I would never dare to compare myself with the great ones, but it’s their example I intended to follow.
But always with the underlying ethos of fun. The songs on the record are all in one way or another simply fun. They were fun to write, they’re fun to perform and hopefully they are fun to listen to. I never take you to the edge of darkness on this record. Even a song like Cocaine Eyes, while the themes of abuse, excess and exploitation can be troubling, it’s far more about disappointment than disgust. It’s about learning even if it takes a while to figure out the lesson. The lyrics for the song Wrecked were written right after the presidential election. We are America, and we fucked this up. You can’t walk away and say “not my president”, because he is our fucking president. We need to figure out what went wrong and make sure we don’t let it happen again next time. But we still have to go to work every day, go to the bar once and a while, maybe laugh, maybe cry. Life still goes on.
Beyond trying to craft good songs that stand up on their own, I was hell bent on the idea that this had to be a full-length record: that all the songs had to complete a circle front to back, and the listener would have the opportunity to listen to the record as an entire work. I guess I’m sentimental for the time when rock n’ roll was about records, and when you could drop the needle down while you went over the jacket in great detail. I also wanted the songs to have a certain bit of familiarity but always with something slightly unexpected. A lot of this happens in the small details, like percussion, or synthesizer or even with a sudden modulation of key or tempo. In this I wanted to bring back some of the things I personally loved about my favorite punk rock records while seeing if I could move the needle ever so slightly forward in some way.”
January 25 – Los Angeles, CA at The Satellite
January 26 – Ventura, CA at Sans Souci
January 28 – Riverside, CA at Pixels
February 8 – Long Beach, CA at The Prospector
February 10 – Spring Valley, CA at The Bancroft
February 11 – Scottsdale, AZ at The Rogue Bar