Since the group’s founding in 2010, Brooklyn based Bootblacks have been enthralling audiences with their frenetic live shows from the U.S. to Europe. Their sound is described as a balance of contradictions: both pensive and buoyant, referential and modern. Fitting, as the Bootblacks name is derived from novelist William Burroughs’ description of the dark underbelly of glitzy New York City.

Vocalist and frontman Panther Macdonald lists an eclectic set of influences: Depeche Mode, New Order, Simple Minds, Echo & the Bunnymen, early U2 as well as the Beatles & Bowie for lyrical inspiration.

Bootblacks released their first EP “Narrowed”, in the fall of 2012, after previously collaborating with Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds). Macdonald and guitarist Alli Gorman recount the collaboration with Sclavunos as a “life-changing” one that informs Bootblacks music to this day.

“Veins” was released in 2016 and was described as a step in the band’s evolution from punk to post-punk. With their influences always expanding, the band is never complacent in what makes up their sound.

With the addition of Barrett Hiatt (The Harrow) in early 2017, the band began work on “Fragments”, which was released via french label Manic Depression Records in September of 2017. The effort found the band further diving into a more synth heavy, atmospheric and “bigger sounding” Bootblacks than before.
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elm001 Bootblacks - Untitled Cover-Design Bootblacks Untitled(LP, Album, Ltd, Cle) Eve Of The Last Migration elm001 US 2012 Diese Version verkaufen
Bootblacks - Veins Cover-Design Bootblacks Veins (Album) Manic Depression France 2016 Diese Version verkaufen
Bootblacks - Fragments Cover-Design Bootblacks Fragments (Album) Manic Depression France 2017 Diese Version verkaufen

Singles & EPs

ML037 Bootblacks - Bootblacks. / Monozid Cover-Design Bootblacks.* / Monozid Bootblacks.* / Monozid - Bootblacks. / Monozid(7", Single, Ltd) Major Label (2) ML037 Germany 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
mt009 Bootblacks - Narrowed Cover-Design Bootblacks Narrowed(Cass, EP, Ltd, Num) Modern Tapes mt009 US 2013 Diese Version verkaufen


MD109, ICR003 Bootblacks - Part Time Punks Sessions // Narrowed Cover-Design Bootblacks Part Time Punks Sessions // Narrowed(CD, Comp, Ltd) Manic Depression, Icy Cold Records MD109, ICR003 France 2018 Diese Version verkaufen