Self Released (2015)
I have to admit, I don't remember where I got this CD. I may have picked it up record shopping in Tokyo, though it's equally possible it was recommended to me as part of a mailorder spree from this past year. No matter how it ended up in the collection, I'm pretty glad it did. From the looks of the artwork, you'd think that there might be some metal going on here, but fear not. Blackender is another in the seemingly never ending line of excellent, poppy Japanese punk bands.
There's only two songs on this CD and boy do I wish there were more. Particularly because of how great the first track, "Try To Find," is. It seems like such a throwback to the nineties, in the best possible way. There's a little bit of that Husking Bee pop mastery mixed in with the more punk leaning energy of Blew. It's an incredible song that I can't say enough good things about.
The second song, "Bravado," doesn't soar quite as high, but it's still a pretty good showing. The verse is a little darker with slightly fuzzy vocals, but once again the band shows that they know how to write a chorus that's destined to get stuck in your head. I don't think there's anything else available from these guys, but if there is, someone please let me know where I can get it.
Blackender - "Try To Find":