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Blackbud have… played over 250 gigs...been given the nod of approval by Jimmy Page… toured the UK and Europe and shared the bill with the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Elbow, The Bees, Editors, 22-20s, Hope Of The States, Babyshambles ….been taken under the wings of Youth, David Bottrill and Michael Eavis…been picked up by Fierce Panda…signed to Independiente….had a song in a Hollywood film….a Zane Lowe session and single of the week….quite a start for a band just into their twenties.... This young West Country trio have a sound as prodigious as their self-made achievements.

Bold, epic, soulful, emotional, intense, uplifting: Blackbud do all of these, then top it off with the soaring voice of Joe Taylor. Musically, their collective backgrounds in college bands has forged a solid but imaginative foundation upon which Taylor (guitars), Adam Newton (bass) and Sam Nadel (drums) are building big-sky rock music and becoming (as described by David Sinclair in The Times) “truly an epic band in the making”..

 By summer 2004 and following capacity crowds at Glastonbury Festival appearances on the New and Avalon stages, word of mouth on Blackbud and their fanbase reached the ears of London record labels.Radio One’s Zane Lowe was quick to pick up on the band, making the ep ‘single of the week’ and inviting the band to record a live session. ‘That was a big moment for us’, says Nadel. ‘I had listened to his show for a long time and now we were on it. It made things very real’. Jo Whiley followed suit giving the band their first daytime play on Radio One. After a summer of festivals and despite the fruitful creative partnership with Youth, Blackbud made the decision to switch to triple Grammy-winning producer/engineer/ musician David Bottrill for their debut album. They see him as reflecting their love of diversity with an impressive range of styles and credits including Muse, Tool, Silverchair, Hobotalk and Peter Gabriel.