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Having formed in Melbourne back in late 2005, Blackchords quickly made a name for themselves after their chilling but beautiful video for their 1st single ‘Broken Bones’ won ‘Best Music Video’ in the prestigious St Kilda Film Festival. ‘Broken Bones’ also became a dual finalist in the International Songwriting Competition for Best Rock Song & Best Film Clip.
Blackchords released their self-titled debut album in 2009, to widespread critical acclaim and rave reviews, “Melbourne quartet shoots for the stars on widescreen debut” – Rolling Stone, and was shortlisted for the 2010 AMP award. With numerous national tours around Australia under their belt the band toured twice to the UK and France, with highlight showcase performances at The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City in 2010, including shows at the famous Aussie BBQ. CMU’s Guide to The Great Escape reviewed the band as, “innovative, fresh, young and vibrant, you must catch them!”
With successful appearances over the UK summer the band enjoyed radio play, along with the music video for their 2nd single ‘At World End’ receiving airtime on MTV and NME TV in the UK.
With the European summer ending, Blackchords returned to Australia, and accepted an invitation to open for Powderfinger and Jet at Melbourne’s iconic Sidney Myer Music Bowl for Powderfinger’s last Melbourne show. Still on high from the show the band commenced writing again and recorded the dark and majestic ‘As Night Falls’ for Australian indie film ‘Blame’, which was later released as a single to coincide with the release of the film. Since the release of the debut album, their songs have been on Australian television shows including ‘Underbelly: Razor’, ‘Rescue Special Ops’, and ‘Cops L.A.C.’ in the US, Blackchords music appeared on ‘Teen Mom’ (MTV) and ‘Being Human’ (NBC).
Early in 2012 the band embarked on the recording of their second album in the picturesque surrounds of Victoria’s Yarra Valley, in an old barn that they converted into a temporary recording studio. It was the bands’ privilege to be joined by Mercury Music Prize nominated and Grammy Award winning Producer David Odlum (The Frames, Gemma Hayes, dEUS). With a more ambitious, diverse and energetic approach to their new songs, as well as David's artistic approach as a producer, Blackchords sound has evolved far beyond the their own expectations. Dance Dance Dance is the first taste of the new album, showcasing a more upbeat and lighter side to the Blackchords sound. The new album is due out in August 2012.