Black It Out – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

BIO: We’re a Pop-Punk, Easycore, Post-Hardcore, and Emo band. I know that’s a lot, but we like to mix it up!


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

BIO: We have a long history dating back to 2005 when we were called Scarlet’s Sonata. We started as a hardcore band in the Sacramento, California scene. We changed our name to Black It Out in 2009. We went on an eight-year hiatus and played in other bands. We returned to the scene with our album Resurgence in 2019. We recently rereleased “Reflections” with our friends from Promise Game. We’re working on promoting our latest release, which is “Live, Laugh, Love,” featuring our friend Anndy Negative. That song is about Karens. You can watch compilations of them losing their minds in public on YouTube. “Live, Laugh, Love” should be on all platforms on May 2nd, 2022.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

BIO: Our influences vary. It all depends on the songs we’re working on. We’ve been influenced by Blink-182, Sum 41, A Day to Remember, and Senses Fail.
Right now, we’re working on finding ourselves. Our next few releases will be from our old style, but we’ll change how we write soon.
Our non-musical influences are life experiences and strange situations. Our upcoming release, “Live, Laugh, Love,” featuring Anndy Negative, was influenced by those who demand to speak with the manager, Karens. Also, Anny Negative was given so much crap for his song “When We Were Young” on TikTok. We felt like that wasn’t cool, so it inspired us. We asked Anndy Negative to be the “Live, Laugh, Love” feature, and he is fantastic.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

BIO: Our dreams and goals are to get our music heard by people and to expand our fan base. We would love to have a cult following. That’d be amazing.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

BIO: Bryan and I (Shaun) both write the songs. Lately, Bryan has been writing the music and having me write the melody. That’s going to change in the future. We generally email each other parts, and we hash them out.
Our songs are about many things. “Live, Laugh, Love” is about Karens. “Reflections” is about my brother and his awful fiancée. His Fiancée abused our mother, and we think she manipulated my brother to not talk to us for several years. Then we got our Christmas songs. Bryan loves Christmas songs. I don’t care for them so much, so I make them as funny as possible. “Merry Christmas, Don’t Get Me Anything” is about having to be nice to people you don’t like giving you gifts. “The War On Christmas” is about people’s weird beliefs about Christmas. Sometimes, our songs are humorous.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

BIO: We promote online. We use Instagram. We talk to people with blogs and see if they want to interview us like you’re doing. We hired a publicist to find you, actually. We just started doing the publicist thing, but we do a lot of messaging influencers on our own. Bryan and I message a lot of people with playlists too. We do our best to get on them!
We don’t play shows since Bryan and I live far from each other, and we don’t have a regular drummer. Black It Out is an E-Band, and we generally do the studio thing.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

BIO: I think downloading is great. It doesn’t matter to us if you bought our music or not; we want to be heard. It’s a massive bonus if someone decides to buy our music, but it’s not really about that to us. Most people stream our music anyhow. It’s not like Spotify is paying their artists a lot per stream. We do enjoy Spotify and having the ability to listen to practically anything we want.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

BIO: The answer to that question would change depending on when you ask it. Right now, I’m enjoying Motionless in White’s “Masterpiece.” It’s such a great song. The melody is fantastic, and it truly fits the song’s emotion. The music is perfect too. Motionless in White took care writing that one.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

BIO: When people back into parking spaces. I don’t know why that bugs me. It’s so weird to me. People who act like they know it all are pretty irritating too.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

BIO: There have been many proud moments for us. Right now, I’ve been working on my voice. I’m proud of how it has developed. I think I did amazing in the chorus of “The War On Christmas.” As a band, I think we felt proud when people randomly put our music on playlists, wrote reviews on us, and played us on their radio station.


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

BIO: We plan to promote “Live, Laugh, Love” featuring Anndy Negative. We’re also rerecording some of our old songs off Resurgence. We also have a completely new one in the works too.


PD: What music have you available online, and where can we buy it from? 

BIO: Our music is available wherever music is streamed or sold. We focus on Spotify for streams, and if you want to buy our music, we have our entire discography going for 90% off on We recommend you buy our music on Bandcamp for that reason. You could stream our music on Deezer and buy it on Amazon, Google, and Apple Music.

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