Self-proclaimed Situationists, BLNX write anti-war, anti-capitalistic, revolutionary rock ‘n’ roll, and make it catchy. Borrowing heavily from hypnotic krautrock, shoegaze, and psych-pop, the post-punkers from Minneapolis – comprised of Ed Ackerson (guitar), Ashley Ackerson (bass) and David Jarnstrom (drums) – draw from an eclectic array of influences, stocking up on a wealth of sonic fodder to form their atmospherics. When not making EPs and LPs, BNLX uses aural experimentation to assert their political viewpoints, recently participating in the feature Drone, Not Drones, a live, twenty-eight hour, fifty act, shoegaze-inspired benefit concert to raise awareness of the victims of The War On Terror and in support of Doctors Without Borders.
Today’s Song of the Day, “Everything Must Go,” opens with a spark of energy, ignited by a steady pop-punk baseline. As quickly as the song begins, its energy shifts into a seemingly hopeful tune with ascending drums and synth arpeggio. Intertwining vocals and harmonies, the two sing “we have got to sell you back your dreams,” a line which reflects their thoughts on the commodification of the human experience. Altogether, BNLX knows how to arrange a solid pop-song that deals with complex, relevant themes. Hopefully, we’ll see more from them in the future.
BNLX, Minneapolis’ premier psychedelic/noise/punk/situationist/”music” group, are set to release their eighth eponymous EP in April. It’s lead single is the very catchy “Opposites Attract” and we’ve got the premiere of it’s music video, filmed in Buenos Aires while on tour in South America. You can watch it below. If you want to play catch-up on their previous seven EPs, their compilation, Produit Collecté, is out now and if you order the vinyl, you also get a download of all the EPs in full (including the new one.) You can stream Produit Collecté below too.
BNLX will be on tour in May and while we wait for details on that, the group have also remixed a single from Swedish noir-gaze outfit Blackstrap. The track, “Make Sense Make Change” features Victoria Bergsman of Taken by Trees/Concretes, and features on the band’s forthcoming TBA album. Stream the remix and the original below.
BNLX, the psychedelic/noise/punk/situationist/”music” entity headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, has an agenda of activities which it would like to share with you.
BNLX is pleased to announce the imminent release of its EP #8 music product. The EP contains four new compositions: “Opposites Attract”, “Permageddon”, “Rapture Me Now”, and “Mass Ejection”. This product will be available in handmade physical CD form directly from BNLX, digitally via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and those other sites, and also via piracy on the Internet.
“Opposites Attract”, which kicks off the EP, is the designated “emphasis track for media”, and as such is the subject of a music video. This video was shot in Buenos Aires, Argentina during recent BNLX tour activities. It juxtaposes grimy urban imagery with the high energy lifestyle of a touring psychedelic/noise/punk/situationist/”music” group. Please note that the group is not actually performing the song live in this video, although it may appear so…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAdc0XFXwzA
BNLX has recently created a remix of a track for Swedish electro-shoegaze-psych heroes BLACKSTRAP. The song, “Make Sense Make Change”, features an amazing lead vocal by Victoria Bergsman (The Concretes/Taken By Trees/Peter, Bjorn and John “Young Folks”) Blackstrap’s original version was one of the best songs of 2013 in our opinion. We upped the tempo and brought in the noise, as is our way. You can check it out here…https://soundcloud.com/blackstrap/blackstrap-make-sense-make
The BNLX album Produit Collecté (Collected Product) will receive a full national release in early April. The LP/CD/deluxe digital album rounds up songs from the band’s now out-of-print EP 1-7 releases. This release had been available exclusively at the BNLXFest II shows last November (as well as local Minneapolis record retailers), but due to ongoing requests we have decided to give it proper nationwide distribution. For more information on this release, please visit http://bnlx.bandcamp.com
BNLX returns to NYC Pianos on Thursday 11/21! We play at 10:00, followed by our friends Eastern Hollows and The Veda Rays. We’ll have vinyl and CD’s of our brand new Produit Collecté album, plus we saved a handful of the LAST REMAINING COPIES ANYWHERE of the EP #8 handmade CD’s! RSVP to the Facebook event for the show here!
BNLXFest, the BNLX-curated festival of indie rock, returns to Cause Minneapolis Nov. 15-16. Last year’s event was a blast, and this one promises to be even better! Here are the lineups (set times/order still tba)…
There is a high likelihood of surprise guests too…
BNLX is releasing its new vinyl LP/CD/download “Produit Collecté” in conjunction with these shows. We’ve put together a lineup of some of our very favorite local rock friends both new and old. Please join us for a super fun weekend at Cause Minneapolis.
Produit Collecté collects tracks from the handmade (and now out-of-print) series of BNLX quarterly EP’s. The physical LP and CD versions feature 14 highlight tracks. An accompanying download card (included with both the LP and CD) contains all 32 tracks from the BNLX EP #1-8 releases, newly remastered and more awesome than ever, over 103 minutes of “music”!!! That’s a lot of indie rock per dollar!
Track listing for the physical vinyl LP and CD: 1. Opposites Attract 2. Do Without 3. Blue and Gold 4. Frogger 5. LMAO (CMEO) 6. Where Is the Love 7. BNLX Today 8. See What I See 9. Over the Horizon 10. Vaporize 11. You Left Me Here 12. Dance Dance Dance (on the radio) 13. Back in Your Hole 14. Rise Above
Tracklisting for the Deluxe Digital Edition download available exclusively with both LP + CD physical releases: this WILL NOT be available via iTunes or digital retailers. Includes all 32 tracks from BNLX EP’s 1-8, over 100 minutes of “music” total. This Deluxe Edition also includes all four tracks from the forthcoming EP 8 release which won’t be officially released until 2014!
Do Without 2. You Left Me Here 3. LMAO (CMEO) 4. Row and Row
Where Is the Love 6. Got Need 7. Espionage 8. Frogger (Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler)
Blue and Gold 10. Just Got Paid 11. When I Knock 12. BNLX Today
When Doves Cry 14. Shut UP and Drive 15. Rise Above 16. Soul Desert
Burn the Boats 18. Back in Your Hole 19. Garbage Strike 20. It Was a Good Day
Vaporize 22. Over the Horizon 23. Dance Dance Dance (on the radio) 24. Living in Exile
See What I See 26. Meet Me on the Barricades 27. Round the Dial 28. Video Games
EP 8 (NEW! exclusive to this release):
Opposites Attract 30. Permageddon 31. Rapture Me Now 32. Mass Ejection
BNLX, the Minneapolis-based noise pop “music” group, is pleased to announce its new Program of Prosperity and Production. This multi-dimensional Program, building on the unequivocal success of the BNLX First One Year Plan (and its extensions), is designed to consolidate existing market share while also presenting new vectors for synergistic growth opportunities.
There are three primary components to the Program:
1. BNLXFest 2: the popular BNLX-curated music festival returns to Cause Minneapolis on Nov. 15+16th. Last year’s festival was a mind-blowing weekend of fun and sensory stimulation, and this one promises to be even more so. The full lineup, which includes a very diverse range of both established and new Minneapolis indie rock artists, will be released in early October.
2. BNLX EP #8: the first new BNLX audio content since the band’s debut LP will be released in early November. Lead single “Opposites Attract” is already considered by early listeners to be the best BNLX track ever, and it will be previewed to the world in mid-October.
3. Produit Collecté - an assemblage of tracks from BNLX EP’s 1-8: The handmade physical releases of BNLX EPs 1-7 have been out of print for some time and are now collectors items. To service market demand, as well as to rationalize product profiles and SKU’s, we present Produit Collecté - a fourteen song vinyl LP “best of” release that offers a representative sampling of “musical” highlights from all of the BNLX EP releases. Accompanying the first 500 copies of the vinyl is a download card to access the full 32-track BNLX EP collection, now newly remastered and presented in archival form, and including the brand new EP #8. This release will also appear in early November.
Please monitor BNLX communications on the Internet and via social media as we will be continuously updating with details concerning the Program of Prosperity and Production, the BNLXFest, and the new products.
Music video for the track “Devil You Know” from the debut BNLX LP. Directed by Tal Tahir. Concept, camera, edit and post by Tal Tahir. Live camera: Christian Erickson, Howard Day, Marcus Metropolis, Mike Minehart.
Every now and then, there’s a point at which you have to say “fuck it” and start tagging everything you possibly can. Works of art, hand-rainbow banners, other graffiti — it’s all fair game. Minneapolis-based noise-hawkers BNLX have reached that point, and they’ve taken it upon themselves to put their name on everything imaginable around their hometown.
“The Devil You Know” is a blast of swampy distortion and chugging rhythms that throw everything into disarray, as guitarist/vocalist Ed Ackerson proves when he tags over the star for Polara, which was Ackerson’s first band. Check out the video below.