Blackwater Conspiracy
Album Release Party
Pavillion Bar
RNL got chatting with frontman Phil Conalane right before their first gig back in Northern Ireland after their successful festival slots at both Download and Ramblin’ man. You can read out full review of the gig along wth full photo gallery and links to the other artists who supported on the night here :
Ask anyone Irish and they’ll tell you music is in their blood, and so it is with Blackwater Conspiracy from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Their debut album “Shootin’ The Breeze” is scheduled for release in July 2017 on Bulletproof 20/20 Records, distributed by Absolute. With confirmed festival slots at Download in June and Ramblin’ Man Fair in July and other live performances in the pipeline, this year promises to be when Blackwater Conspiracy take a big step forward into the light and the magic of their music can be discovered by all.

The story of the band is the story of 5 guys from Northern Ireland who have been playing music all their lives. Having crossed paths frequently over the years they came together as Blackwater Conspiracy in the Summer of 2015, formed from the ashes of two of the country’s most popular local bands, Million Dollar Reload and Swanee River.

Their intention from the outset was no more following of trends, no more conforming to what was expected – they are 5 individuals wanting to fully express themselves whilst playing in a band. Sounds simple, but consider a classically trained pianist taking inspiration from Jon Lord and Jerry Lee Lewis, a bass player influenced by Iron Maiden and Thin Lizzy, a drummer driven by everyone from Buddy Rich to Danny Carey and two guitar players oozing The Stones, The Faces and The Black Crowes – you’re going to create a pretty unique musical melting pot.

Main songwriters Phil Conalane (vocals & guitar) and Brian Mallon (lead guitar) take a refreshingly free-form approach to the songs, so allowing all this individual expression to take place. The result is a breathtaking variety of material – from rich bluesy slide guitar rock to achingly delicate confessional country; from galloping radio friendly rock ‘n’ roll to late night dark corner whiskey blues. The band play with a stunning and effortless ease, yet no matter what the style, the arrangements are epic and totally original and its all woven together with one of the most naturally expressive classic rock voices in the world today.

Like the River Blackwater, the geographical link that ties each member together, and from where they take their name, there is an unstoppable flow, a natural power and order of things present here – this is the essence of Blackwater Conspiracy

“Shootin’ The Breeze” was recorded firstly at Rockfield Studios in Wales with Sean Douglas and then later at Studio 2, Portadown in Northern Ireland with James Wilson.

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