Joe Gillam - Vox, Harp, Wiessenborn
Simon Taylor - Vox, Guitar, Bass
Dave Weaver - Guitar, Bass, Mandolin
Glen Archambault - Guitar, Bass
The Blacklist Social originated as an acoustic rock cover band called "Sound Cellar" in 2012. Simon and Dave played (and still play) with local cover band, The Full Nelsons, while Joe and Glen jammed out in Joe's back yard. Common interest in music brought the quartet together and they began to play the backyard BBQ and campfire circuit from the shores of Goderich, to Wasaga Beach and Blackstone Lake.
In the fall of 2014, "Sound Cellar" opened for Huron County indie legends, The Ashgrove at a benefit show in Goderich. Inspired by the amazing talent, Glen dug out some old recordings he had made with the thought of trying to turn one of them into an original song. As he sifted through dozens of chord progressions and hummed melodies, he came across the intro riff on "Digging for Gold". Having never written a song before, he found the process difficult and overwhelming. Then the idea to write a song about how hard it it is to write a song came to him, and with that, the lyrics and melody came a little easier. He recorded it and sent it, reluctantly, to the the rest of the band not knowing what to expect. After each added their piece to the composition at their next practice, to their collective surprise, they had their own original tune.
While there was never an intention to do anything other than covers, writing and playing originals became infectious. Song ideas started flying around in emails and then worked out at practices. At this point, they decided to change the band name to reflect this change in direction. As an acoustic cover band, they honed their ability to strip a song to it's core and build it up again adding their unique harmonies with a splash of harmonica and wiessenborn slide. This proved to be the foundation for their unique sound as they started to explore and develop their own musical style. Their songs are simple in structure, allowing the mix of vocal styles between Simon and Joe to carry the weight. The addition of the harp and slide help define their trademark sound. Some say folk, some say country, some say bluesy acoustic rock- their sound is hard to define. It's no wonder as their influences range from The Skydiggers and Neil Young, to Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam.
In February of 2015, the band recorded "Next Time" and "Take a Breath" at Beach Road Studios- a private recording facility owned and operated by JUNO Award winning Producer, Engineer and Mixer Siegfried Meier. They are looking to self fund a full recording for release by the end of 2015.