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by The Black Ships

Haunting debut from the Black Ships. Machine gun guitars, melodic synth, brooding vocals and thumping bass play over rhythmic beats invoking sonic soundscapes ranging from shoegaze to post-punk.
Genre: Rock: No Wave
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1. Black Ships
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2. Bangalor
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3. Lost Beach (feat. Sime Gezus)
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4. Joan of Arc
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5. 731
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6. Partisan
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7. Legion
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8. Athena
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Album Notes
released 01 January 2011
all songs written and preformed by the Black Ships

John Gill – guitars, vocals, bass
Shane Sanchez – beats, keyboards, sampling

additional bass by David Ochal
additional vocals on track 8 by Shannon Larue
Simon Grimes appears on track 3 courtesy of Sub-Bombin records

recorded summer 2010 at the citadel
arranging by Shane Sanchez
mixed and mastered by Kevin Kenkel and SP studios L.A.
album art work by John Gill

the black ships are sailing...



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Give this album a try if you like The Jesus and Mary Chain, Cure, Smiths or Joy Division!

M.L. Downey

Black Ships needs to use its talent to earn its name
“Ocean” is the first release by the Black Ships, but not the also-new Black Ships from the UK or the punk group of the same name from Canada. The talent is there and shows some promise for a band that needs to work hard to earn its name. The Black Ships’ best song, the dynamic “Bangalor,” is hampered a bit with a spoken-word ending. There’s a song about music’s favorite martyr, Joan of Arc, that rocks along. “Lost Beach” brings in a guest vocalist, a rapper. “Partisan” finds that dreary dreamy sound one would expect from a group named the Black Ships, but with another spoken-word close. “731” is mostly the chanted title buried under distortion, but – again – it rocks pretty well. “Legion” has these out-of-left-field tejano/flamenco horns and handclaps that work surprisingly well. “Athena” closes the EP with a mid-tempo martial tune wrapped with muted horns and touches of glockenspiel.