“The more things change, the more they stay the same…”
Over the years the members of Black Whiskey have been involved in genres as diverse as NWOBHM, Thrash Metal, Blues, Alt Rock and Prog Rock. But when Simon Gordon (Vocals, ex- Xentrix, Hellfighter), Kev Ingles (Guitar, ex- 3 State Blues, Swampsnake), Craig Nabbs (Bass, ex –Slaughtered) and Rich Bannister (Drums, ex -Nakedium) spoke about putting a band together the common ground was Classic Rock.
Bands like Zeppelin, Free, Purple, UFO, Schenker, Scorpions, Lizzy and Rainbow were all huge influences on the members of Black Whiskey when they were growing up and this is hugely evident in the music they make: The songs really are songs, delivered with heart and authenticity, from the powerful, soulful vocals of Gordon to the singing, blues-soaked guitar of Ingles, all underpinned by the solid groove of the powerhouse rhythm section.
And yet this is not some rose-tinted tribute. The roots may be entrenched firmly in those classic sounds of the seventies and early eighties but these guys have been involved in diverse styles over the years. The music sounds fresh and modern but stays true to the blueprint.
Black Whiskey’s first album, “Heavy Train,” was released in 2015 and received glowing reviews. A video was released for the sing “Devil Rides.” Various shows followed the release of the album including the Hard Rock Hell and Giants of Rock festivals as well as a UK headline tour.
The band entered the studio in May 2018 to record the follow up to “Heavy Train.” The album is due for release in February 2019 with a number of video singles being released in the run up to release. Fan reaction to the new material at the band’s live shows has been extremely positive.