Black International

Black International


"Deliciously self-aware, the record forces its fingers around the throats of our preconceptions.” - The Skinny

"a sharply poetic mixture of visceral music and vivid lyrics" - Clash

Edinburgh noise-rock band, Black International, make a welcome return with the announcement of forthcoming single Shining Swords, out now via Good Grief Records.

The Edinburgh two-piece create music that is both abrasive and discordant yet, has an unerring ability to pull you in through a magnetic rhythm section that belies their status as a two man band. Shining Swords ominously kicks off with caustic, grinding guitar, dovetailing beautifully with Craig Peebles incessant drum beats and the raw, stripped-back vocals of Stewart Allan. The outro sees the band embracing the loud/quiet dynamic as they jump from headbanging breakdowns to a more dream-like, melodic instrumental, thus showcasing a duality to the music they create as well as an ability to explore a number of genres.

Comprised of Stewart Allan (vocals, guitar, keyboard) and Craig Peebles (drums, percussion), Black International released their sophomore album, A Lesson In Repression, in October 2015 having recorded with sound engineer Andrew Bush (The Twilight Sad). The record gained a well of support from many tastemakers within the industry with coverage coming from the likes of Exclaim! Magazine, The Skinny, Clash Magazine, Visions, Big Cheese, Never Mind The Hype and BBC Radio Scotland.

Black International have also played a number of festivals having appeared at Wickerman, GoNorth, Oxfam, Shetfest and Tramlines as well as supporting the likes of Speedy Ortiz and Die! Die! Die!.

Shining Swords by Black International is out now via Good Grief Records.