Black Bolt are a punk band in the classical sense: righteous indignation, a furious clattering of aggressive instruments, no strict adherence to a particular sub-genre, and no hecks given about what other bands are doing right now. Their musical approach takes cues from classic American punk, effervescent indie rock, morose post-punk, unhinged hardcore, and nasty garage punk. Since forming in 2010, Black Bolt have graduated from rehearsing in a soundproofed basement to practicing in an automotive repair shop– making them one of the only literal garage bands in Boise. Through years of evolution, the members of Black Bolt collectively know over five guitar chords, how many drinks they can have before they go on stage, and how to sing mostly in key.
Black Bolt capture emotional misfortune and political rage in songs about reproductive rights, crumbling infrastructure, oppressive institutions, hard seltzer, and the inevitability of death. Their off-kilter sonics serve the weirdos of the flyover states, the people whose progressive politics, acts of resistance, and dedication to partying hard the rest of the country often overlooks. The members of Black Bolt are most comfortable playing for crowds in dark basements and depressing bars, but they look forward to playing Treefort Music Fest every year.
FFO: Leatherface, Jawbreaker, Maritime, Pixies, Archers of Loaf, RVIVR, Dillinger Four, Iron Chic