Black International is a musical group from Edinburgh, Scotland. The band was formed in late 2006 by Edinburgh College of Art graduates Stewart Allan (Vocals & Guitar) and Craig Peebles (Drums) with the intention of making stripped down, economical, brutal pop songs.
released 13 April 2012
Written by Black International
Recorded and mixed in Glasgow by Andrew Bush
Mastered by Sophie @ Finesplice
“Black International have masterfully crafted a golden record that boasts quality and incredible savez-faire from start to finish… place In Debt in the growing list of best albums of this year.”
“The first thing that strikes the listener about this album is the sheer confidence these guys have in their sound. It’s obviously been well-honed on the live stage and they’ve been able to translate this onto disc. They obviously love their guitars but, rather than being self-indulgent, as so many bands are, they’re fresh in their approach and respectful of their own talents.”
Is This Music?
“Phrases like ‘muscular post-punk’ often get bandied about when people are talking about Shellac, and they belong to bands like Black International who, even during the slightly slower, more laid-back points like ‘Dread (Excerpt)’ or the glorious harmonised break in ‘Destruct-o-’, never lose their visceral energy or give the impression they’re trying to pander to anyone else’s agenda.”
Echoes and Dust
“You can’t help but enjoy their tales of relatively mundane, everyday experiences, made interesting by the use of unexpected metaphors. Stewart Allan is singing about things that everyone can relate to, independently of whether or not they’ve just had their heart broken, which makes this album relatively unique in terms of standing out from the crowd.”
“Black International’s new album, In Debt defies and transcends what stands for modern punk these days.”
“Black International seem intent on showing us all that a British band – Edinburgh to be precise – CAN hark back to Seattle circa 1991 and not sound total dross. Album of the Week.”
The Tidal Wave of Indifference