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Black Heart White Noise

by BlackHeart WhiteNoise

"one of the most confident, catchy and fully realized local CDs of the year"
Genre: Pop: British Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Our lives in black and white
2:43 $0.99
2. a brand new day
1:02 $0.99
3. december's child
3:35 $0.99
4. picture perfect world
2:31 $0.99
5. feel good and shine
4:38 $0.99
6. panomine
3:48 $0.99
7. guest list
2:45 $0.99
8. everyday is a Monday
5:04 $0.99
9. of all this Ipssissumus knew nothing
4:34 $0.99
10. movie star
0:33 $0.99
11. the state we're in
2:58 $0.99
12. udo
3:37 $0.99
13. good night and good luck
1:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
With intensity and a confident snarl, five musicians converged in Portland, OR and in March 2006 formed BlackHeart WhiteNoise. Less than five months later, they have completed a full length self-produced CD while word spreads about engrossingly dark and energetic live shows. Pooling an eclectic mix of influences, including Nick Cave, Oasis, Primal Scream, The Psychedelic Furs, and Hunter S. Thompson, BlackHeart WhiteNoise create a shimmering blend of haunting, hypnotic melodies, energetic alt.pop, and intellectual art rock.

The music on their first self-titled release surges forward from the unrelenting opening track, “Our Lives in Black and White” and the hip shaking rock anthem “Guest List,” to darkly alluring tracks like “December’s Child” and “Panomine” to the deeply cathartic “Feel Good and Shine” and back again to optimistic sweet pop melodies on “Picture Perfect World” and “The State We’re In”. It’s a bit of a wild ride thanks to the distinct and otherworldly C. Arden Hinds (vocals). Sounding a little bit and nothing like such alt.rock icons as Richard Butler, Iggy Pop, and David Bowie, Hinds’ vocal rants, intense crescendos, and gritty lamentations are perfectly set against BlackHeart WhiteNoise’s unrelenting guitar riffs, propulsive bass lines and huge wall of sound created by Dano Capristo (drums), Michael Pieretti (guitar), Chance Hausler (guitar) and Connar Gilles (bass). The music is in constant movement with the band showcasing their inspirations by drawing from such diverse sources as discordant post-punk to pop-tinged anthemic rock, often in the same song. It is a rewarding listen, as lively and intelligent as it is unique and challenging compared with many of today’s cookie cutter releases.

Prior to moving to Portland, Hinds performed and wrote with the Philadelphia band Dandelion (Columbia Records). One night in 2005, after relocating to the Northwest, Hinds found himself engineering tracks at Stiles Music (Dandy Warhols, Pink Martini) for what would be his future band, at the time incarnated as popular local rockers, My Regrets. After the band’s demise, most of the former members continued writing instrumentally, developing their sound until finding a shared musical vision with Hinds as the charismatic front man to deliver it. As music lovers with similar record collections and the ability to share co-writing duties to a collective end, BlackHeart WhiteNoise was born. The infancy was short lived as the band immediately began to command stages, tearing itself an original niche in the crowded Portland music scene and earn a growing fan base. They guys live for overdriven amps, melody laced with feedback, and delivering an authentic and original performance in hopes their record might touch you, and their show move you.

Their self-released debut CD is ambitious: the songs explore both ends of the continuum with regard to joy and grief, denial and acceptance, life and death … black and white. With the experienced shine on their self-titled full length, and the ability to bring it alive in an uncompromising and memorable live performance, it’s no surprise you’ll be hearing more of this band soon.

BlackHeart WhiteNoise’s self-titled full length CD is available for purchase from CD Baby (www.cdbaby.com) or download through iTunes (www.itunes.com).



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The Portland Tribune- 10/12/06

It’s hard to pick a favorite tune – any one of them sound like they could become
Gritty, glammy and ever so slightly goth, BlackHeart WhiteNoise is quickly making a splash. Although the band has been together for just over six months, it’s released one of the most confident, catchy and fully realized local CDs of the year.

From the first notes of “Our Lives in Black and White,” it’s apparent that BlackHeart WhiteNoise means business.

There’s a swagger and a little bit of danger – this is a band who film their lives “in black and white, because color shows the bloodshot in our eyes.”

Songs like “December’s Child” and “Panomine” bring to mind the dark-edged pop of the Psychedelic Furs, while “Guest List” wouldn’t sound out of place on an Iggy Pop album.

It’s hard to pick a favorite tune – any one of them sound like they could become the next breakaway hit on modern rock radio. Catchy and full of attitude, BlackHeart WhiteNoise is a band to watch.

– Barbara Mitchell


This CD is great! I put it on my i-pod and have been listening on repeat for days. What a great sound. Not too heavy, not too light. Worth your 10 bucks!

Mark from Texas

Great suprise!!
I heard this band one night out on in Portland. I'm new to town so I have no idea what is cool and whats not so I hear of this place and go in and this band just blew me away, as soon as I got home I immediately bought the cd, which has a great sound and is a good soundtrack to get pumped up for partying, they are all real nice to and welcomed me to Portland, I hope they keep playing shows and I know they can accomplish great things...see yall at the next show!!


Haven't listened to anything else since the CD arrived 2 weeks ago!
Love it! I can easily imagine this being the greatest debut album ever. Nice to know I’ll be able to say, “I knew them when…”
Looking forward to the chance to see them live, everybody's saying it’s a great show!