The Black and White Years have that 80’s flair that you know this girl can’t get enough of. Lead vocalist Scott Butler has a rich, warm voice with some serious vibrato. When he brings out the warbling action it’s a little bit Robert Smith meets Samuel T. Herring (Future Islands), and it’s heavenly.
The single “Embraces” is especially divine. Like Meatloaf’s “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”, “Embraces” is a hesitant, soul-baring dance track with passionately tentative lyrics. Herring sings, “I’d die for you, but only if you need me too. I would bleed for you, bleed for you, but I don’t want to.”
Don’t use me and abuse me – unless you love me as much as I love you. You feel me?
The Black and White Years join the ranks of Holiday Mountain, Orthy, Octopus Project and many more at the Scootenanny on June 14th. Held at the Historical Scoot Inn, Scootenanny features amazing local bands plus a special DJ set by Neon Indian. Just in time to kick off your Deadbeat Summer.
Don’t be a square, be there.
“Embraces” is available on The Black and White Years sophomore release Strange Figurines, out now via Modern Outsider.