Get a healthy dose of good old blues-fuelled rock’n’roll and a good fix of delicious noodling guitars with Huntsville, Alabama, quartet Black Market Salesmen.
The band first formed back in 2012 as a garage rock power trio for a “one-off end of the world show” but went their ways before reconvening in 2015, with a new psychedelic edge and a bass player. They then set about writing new music, which culminated in the release of debut EP Brainstorm last year, which has since been followed up with two singles. The latest is Inside Your Head, which was released at the end of last month and gives us a great insight into their engaging, catchy rock sound.
It opens up with a really cool guitar lick, then a lower-pitched version of it continues under a verse of light vocals. The vocals and guitar suddenly increase in intensity and feed into a slightly creepy singalong chorus of “There’s no-one around that corner, It’s your mind playing tricks instead, In the bushes outside your house or underneath your bed, Is there someone peering through your windows at your home address, In the darkness of your bedroom or inside your head.”
A second chorus gives way to a huge extended guitar solo, which continues under a repeat of a couple of lines of the chorus. The funky opening riff returns alongside lively drums and bursts of guitar lick to bring the track to a lively ending. Give it a listen below:
Their previous single Just Wanna Know has even more rock’n’roll goodness for you to treat your ears to. It also opens up with a funky little guitar lick, which continues under edgy vocals then a big smash of drums sees the track pick up pace. Another funky guitar solo takes over alongside big drum rolls in a delicious instrumental section. Give it a listen below:
We had a chat with the band to find out more, give it a read below…
GR: Who are Black Market Salesmen?
BMS: “Black Market Salesmen are a 4-piece rock and roll band hailing from Huntsville, Alabama. The Salesmen were formed late in 2012 as a garage rock power trio for a one-off end of the world show. Having allegedly saved the world with groovy tunes, we went our separate ways. Reconvening in 2015, with a harder edge and an added bass player, the Salesmen took on their modern form. We are longtime friends Klayton Hodges (vocals), Shane Davis (guitar), Chris Salib (bass), and Kris Poorman (drums).”
GR: You just released Inside Your Head. What should people be expecting from the song?
BMS: “Inside Your Head is an introspective, riff-driven, hard rock and roll tune, and the title track for our upcoming album. It’s about the blurring of lines between reality and the things we fear, be it an intruder or something we feared as a kid. It is inspired by those moments where you hear a sound in the night and for just that moment everything you fear becomes manifested in reality.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
BMS: “We churn out riff-heavy rock, with blues and psychedelic influences. Most simply put, we play rock and roll.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
BMS: “Many different things influence us to write. Sometimes it is a relationship with a significant other, sometimes mythology, while other times it might just start with a single lyric or phrase and be completed through a stream of consciousness. It really comes from a wide variety of places.
“We seem to gravitate towards writing about the human psyche, such as feelings of paranoia, fear, and loss. Even with such heady subject matter, we try to include some sort of positive outlook, some idea that everything will be alright and that love and happiness will eventually prevail.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
BMS: “We are heavily influenced by some of the greats – principally 70s hard rock such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. We are influenced by many different artists, be it blues legends such as Muddy Waters and Lightning Hopkins, to the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, to Jack White and beyond.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019 and into 2020?
BMS: “We are currently working on a full-length album to be released later this year, or early next, of all-original and never before released tunes. We will continue to play gigs and write, which is an almost perpetual process.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
BMS: “We play rock and roll because we love it.”