If you are like me and still a fan of Pop Punk, then let me introduce you to Pop Punk band, Black It Out. Shaun of Black It Out is here on the blog to discuss their new music, current interests, and some other things.
Who is answering the questions?
Shaun, the main vocalist.
Black It Out
Tell us about your latest project:
“There’s Not Enough Penicillin in the World to Save You,” featuring All Systems Go, is about Shaun’s antagonistic relationship with a fanatically Christian person. This person’s family perverted their religion to be highly oppressive and abusive. So much so that the person the song is about ended up going down a path opposite to what their religion taught.
“There’s Not Enough Penicillin in the World to Save You” is also notable because Bryan sings the verses, and he sounds fantastic!
Where was your first concert as a fan? As a performer?
Man, that was a long time ago. My first concert was a Swingin’ Utters concert at a small venue called Big Shots. Big Shots got shut down because the neighbors complained and got it shut down. So many punk bands came through there. The same thing happened to a pizza place near my parent’s house when I was in high school.
Our first concert as a band was at the Underground in Roseville. It was an incredible show. The other bands thought we were signed to a label because we were polished and carried ourselves with confidence. A crowd also showed up for us left right after we played. We rocked that show. I think Bryan and I signed a few autographs too. As I said, it was nuts for a first show.
What is the secret to writing good music?
Honestly, by making it happen. Write the song. Seriously, write it. Do you have some ideas? Sit down and write it. That’s 90% of it because so many say they want to and never do. The next part is getting down a great melody and having everything else supporting that. Then, a fantastic rhythm is needed. Awesome lyrics help too. To me, music should hit you in the feels. If it hits you in the feels, then it’s excellent!
Do you have a bucketlist? If so, what’s on it?
Not really. But, we’d like to grow our fanbase. We’re doing that, and we’re so thankful for it. If you’re reading this, thank you!
What was the last thing that you read?
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by Jason Pargin. It was an excellent book. The last audiobook I listened to was Pulp by Charles Bukowski.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Oh man, it changes all the time. Right now, I’m really digging Bring Me The Horizon’s That’s The Spirit, Falling In Reverse’s Drugs etc., Ice Nine Kills’ The Silver Scream 2, and Motionless In White’s Scoring the End of the World.
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?
I will be writing more. I write for CtrlPlusSpace.com and Scene Daddy. I also wrote a book! I want to get another one out there.
Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
There are many bands we’d love to collaborate with. We want to work with Coe Hill, Protect Your Heart, and Crisis Culture. Many more too!
What do you want people to know about your music?
It depends on the song and whether I feel we need to be serious about the track or if we could make people laugh. In our last track, “Live, Laugh, Love,” featuring Anndy Negative, I wanted to make people chuckle and say, “Yeah! Karens do that!” I also hope that some Karens are inspired to look at themselves and realize that that isn’t who they want to be anymore.
With “The War on Christmas” and “Merry Christmas, Don’t Get Me Anything,” I wanted people to see how ridiculous people’s beliefs could be about something that’s supposed to be fun. I also wanted people to laugh and enjoy themselves. I didn’t want people to take them seriously.
For “Reflections” featuring Promise Game, I wanted people to feel the emotions that I went through and maybe even relate to watching someone they care about being abused, and there’s nothing you can do about it. We need all the support we can get during situations like that, and knowing we’re not alone makes it a little better.
Our upcoming single, “There’s Not Enough Penicillin in the World to Save You,” featuring All Systems Go, is supposed to be funny. It’s a song poking fun at a person who believes in their religion way too much. It’s like one of those coming-of-age college movies from the early 2000s. It’s not meant to be taken too seriously.