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Birmingham, United Kingdom (2000 – 2010)

After the release of 2008’s See You In Another City, Birmingham’s Blakfish played over 365 shows through-out the UK and Europe, averaging more than a show every other day, covering 16 countries, clocking over 30,000 miles and destroying 3 vans in the process. Their unrelenting work ethic and blind determination could have been perceived as some kind of mission to save music, or a calling that the band couldn’t ignore. The reality was a far cry from this romantic ideal. Their busy schedule was actually just a way for the band to keep out of full time work and to have what can loosely be described as a job that involves drinking alcohol on a daily basis.

Although this was the case, the bands desire to remain unemployed resulted in Blakfish becoming one of the most revered groups in the British underground. 2009 saw them release their debut full-length Champions on Hassle records to critical acclaim, receiving 4 / 5 in Kerrang!, 9 / 10 in Rocksound and a completely unbiased 1 / 10 in Britains most reputable of music publications, the NME.

Blakfish received extensive radio play, which included Radio 1 and Kerrang! as well as a live XFM session. 2009 also saw the band’s profile rise again by playing Offset festival and at the UK’s first Sonisphere festival between playing numerous festivals all over Europe. ‘Champions’ opening track Economics was featured on ‘Kerrang! - the album 09’ alongside Green Day, Gallows and Slipknot, and also on a Rock Sound cover-mount compilation. Also the song Jeremy Kyle is a marked man was featured on the ‘Colin McRae Rally – Dirt 2’ computer game.


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