BLACKLIST UNION NEW ALBUM – LETTERS FROM THE PSYCH WARD RELEASED 15th SEPTEMBER 2023
Blacklist Union release their new album, Letters from the Psych Ward on September 15th, delivering thirteen stonking tracks guaranteed to invade your eardrums and take you on a wild ride.
Coming in hot the title track sets a frantic pace, while the current single ‘Dirty Halo’ feels like a dark rock ‘n’ roll anthem in the making: “the second comings a no-go, I don’t mind your dirty halo”. ‘Devil With the Angel Face’ is a driving hard-rocker and an earworm from the opening beats. Blacklist Union show they can take it down a few notches, as Tony taps into his tender side beautifully with tracks ‘Dancing With the Angels’ & Aerosmith’s ‘Mia’. An incredible cover of Devo’s ‘Gates of Steel’ makes its mark, and the album wraps with Bowie’s ‘Golden Years’.
Blacklist Union dedicates these recordings to the late D.H. Peligro of the Dead Kennedys, Todd Youth, and Wayne Swinny. D.H. Peligro (Dead Kennedys) and Zander Schloss (Circle Jerks) both appear on the album’s bonus tracks.
Blacklist Union continue to create its own irresistible & shamanistic blend of Stone Temple Pilots, Guns N’ Roses, Malfunkshun, and Mother Love Bone.
Tony West says, “Our music will transport you from the gritty streets of the Bronx to the wild energy of Los Angeles. Turn up the volume & make some noise!”
Blacklist Union frontman Tony West was raised in the Bronx on Ramones, Bad Brains, and NYHC. Hearing the call of the wild west, he made his way to Los Angeles at 19 years old. He initially collaborated with guitarist Todd Youth (Murphy’s Law/Danzig) and Malfunkshun, which was kept active by Andy Wood’s brother Kevin Wood.
Tony took a break from L.A. to try out Memphis in 1998. While he was there, he attended the first Saliva gig with Paul Crosby on drums. This marked the beginning of a lifelong friendship between Paul and Tony, leading to a management collaboration and Paul joining Blacklist Union. In addition, Tony recorded with Saliva and Jon E. Love (Love/Hate) in 2014.
Tony decided to go in his own direction in 2006. With a shamanistic blend of Stone Temple Pilots, Guns N’ Roses, Malfunkshun, and Mother Love Bone… Blacklist Union was born.